Thailand morning news for August 29

Thailand morning news for August 29
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We Believe We Can Achieve Our 3% Growth Target, Says Thailand’s Finance Minister
Thailand Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana discusses Thailand’s economy, reserves, economic growth, their current account surplus, the possibility of another rate cut, his outlook for the Baht, the U.S.-China trade war and his outlook for the government.
— Bloomberg (video)

Thai PM Rejects Torture Allegations in Rebel Suspect’s Death
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-o-cha on Tuesday denied allegations that the Thai military had tortured a suspected rebel who died more than a month after falling into a coma while in army custody in Thailand’s insurgency-hit Deep South.
— Benar News

Thailand Supreme Court’s hands down verdict on Koh Tao murder case appeal
The Supreme Court’s verdict in the Koh Tao murder case appeal by Burmese migrants Zaw Lin and Wai Phyo against their death penalty sentence, will be read at 10 at tomorrow at the Nonthaburi Court.
— The Thaiger

Thailand speeds up plans to cut ocean waste
Thailand is stepping up efforts to curb ocean plastic waste and conserve endangered marine life, through a comprehensive program named after well-loved baby dugong Mariam, who died after consuming plastic.

RTP prepares for new Land Traffic Act
The new Land Traffic Act (No. 12) B.E. 2562, which cancels certain provisions and adds new provisions, will take effect on September 20, 2019.
— Pattaya Mail

GPO to produce 10,000 bottles of medical cannabis oil in December
Thailand’s Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) plans to produce 10,000 bottles of medical cannabis oil in three formulae in December. GPO director Dr. Vithoon Danviboon said Wednesday that the oil will…
— Thai PBS News

Plans to ease Arrivals congestion at Bangkok’s airports
The government has ordered an increase in the number of check-in counters and officials at Bangkok’s Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi airports from next month.
— The Thaiger

When the rain doesn’t come: Thailand in grip of severe drought as monsoon season fails to deliver
NAKHON RATCHASIMA, Thailand: Suthin Noramas cannot stop his tears as he surveys the parched land around him.

Heavy rain forecast for N East, East and the Southwestern coast tomorrow
Thailand’s Meteorological Department have advised people in northeastern, eastern and western coastal provinces of the southern region to brace for heavy or very heavy rain on Thursday as a result of tropical storm Podul, which has already moving over the South China Sea towards northern Vietnam.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to acquire total of 120 US armoured vehicles
Thailand’s military plans to acquire 120 American-made armoured vehicles by 2020, with the first batch of 10 arriving next month, a Thai defence ministry source told Reuters on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Large sea turtle rescued in Sri Racha
A large sea turtle has been rescued in Laem Chabang yesterday. The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources (DMCR) yesterday reported that they were notified that a living sea turtle was found on a beach near Laem Chabang pier.
— The Pattaya News

BTS adds 27 more trains to serve Bangkok commuters
Bangkok commuters should experience an improved service on the BTS sky train system after BTS Group Holdings Plc, the operator of the system, recently put into service an additional 27 trains, bringing the total number to 79.
— Thai PBS News

CPN insists Central Village project has all legal clearances
Central Pattana Plc (CPN) has again insisted that its new Central Village mall near Suvarnabhumi airport received all legal clearances, but said it is ready to go to arbitration.
— Bangkok Post

Ombudsman calls Thai PM’s incomplete oath unconstitutional
Thailand’s ombudsman ruled Tuesday that the prime minister’s failure to recite a key sentence in his oath of office was unconstitutional, and will refer the matter to the Constitutional Court to decide whether the government was legally installed.
— Pattaya Mail

Agency urges government to step up EV development
The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) is calling for the government to take more serious action in developing the country’s electric vehicle (EV) roadmap to create a local market that can catch up with rapid improvements in electrified cars globally.
— Bangkok Post

New role for trade officials
Commercial affairs officials in overseas offices have been told to adjust the way they work to function more as honorary salesmen in cooperation with the private sector to help tackle export obstacles to drive shipment growth this year.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand upholds ASEAN’s role in Indo-Pacific
Thai Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said all nations should work together to maintain stability in a sustainable way and strengthen stability in the Indo-Pacific region by adhering to international law, developing mutual trust and promoting closer cooperation.
— Vietnamplus

Lao Migrants Fleeing Poverty Defy Dangers to Work in Thailand
Lao workers, many of them young and some still in their teens, have poured in growing numbers this year into neighboring Thailand, braving exploitation and unsafe work conditions in search of employment to help support families back home, sources in the Southeast Asian nation say.

Thailand bans corn imports through Ban Khao Din
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce last week announced a ban on field corn imports coming through Ban Khao Din, in the border with Cambodia.
— Khmer Times

Terms set on custody death compensation
The government says it stands ready to compensate the family of an insurgent suspect who died after being found unconscious while in custody, but only once it gets proof he wasn’t an insurgent.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to acquire 120 U.S. armoured vehicles
Thailand’s military plans to acquire 120 American-made armoured vehicles by 2020, with the first batch of 10 arriving next month, a Thai defence ministry source told Reuters on Wednesday.
— Thomson Reuters Foundation

Suspect’s Death in Army Custody Likely to Incite Deep South Insurgency
On Aug. 25, a suspected insurgent, Abdullah Esomuso, 34, died after being in a coma for 35 days.
— Benar News

Thailand to introduce 15 million high-security e-passports
In 2018, the Thai Government launched ‘Thailand 4.0’ with a vision to develop Thailand into an innovative, dynamic and value-driven economy.
— Help Net Security

Uttama sees scope for fiscal support, lower interest rates
The government is ready to take further action to support an economy growing at its slowest pace in nearly five years, and sees room for further interest-rate cuts, the finance minister said.
— Bangkok Post

Class Reunion Revenge: Thai man, 69, allegedly shoots his childhood bully from 53 years ago
What was supposed to be a night filled with reminiscing about sweet memories over dinner and drinks turned into a terrifying nightmare.
— Calgary Sun

Thailand to spend over 1 bln USD on rice, oil palm price guarantees
The Thai Government has approved a package worth 34.8 billion baht (over 1 billion USD) to ensure rice and oil palm prices at suitable levels for farmers.
— Vietnamplus (media release)

Thailand, Singapore resolve to strengthen ASEAN
The Thai Prime Minister and the Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore have agreed that both Thailand and Singapore must strengthen ASEAN, with Thailand expressing its readiness to learn from Singapore’s expertise.
— NBT World (video)

Cabinet approves farmer aid
The Cabinet meeting has discussed price intervention, consumption promotion, and exploration of new export markets, in an effort to help rice and oil palm farmers.
— NBT World (video)

ONWR – Storm approaching Thailand to increase water levels of dams
The Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) is monitoring the path of a storm that is moving toward the Philippines, determining whether the storm will increase the amount of water in drought-hit areas of Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Ministries told to lift exports
The Commerce and the Agriculture and Cooperatives ministries have been told to join forces to spur exports over the remaining months of the year and pinpoint potential new buyers to ride the US-China trade war storm.
— Bangkok Post

BMA likely to delay new rubbish collection fee
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is likely to postpone the new garbage collection fee for another year, in a bid perceived as populist appeasement.
— Bangkok Post

40th General Assembly of AIPA to help ASEAN move in one direction
According to the President of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), the 40th General Assembly of the organization has gone smoothly so far, while reiterating that the results of the meeting will help members of the bloc to move forward in the same direction.
— NBT World (video)

Digital technology is drastically reshaping Thai media
The Thaiger is a news and information portal, just one of a growing number of ‘disruptive media’ replacing traditional media and news outlets.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s gun culture: weak oversight and an affinity for firearms sustain ongoing violence
Thailand has a problem with its gun culture. It has the highest gun ownership rate in Southeast Asia, and the second-highest gun-related death rate, second only to the Philippines.
— Asean Today

Shop owners signing up to join Taste, Shop, Spend measure
Several vendors have visited the Comptroller General’s Department to sign up to the government’s “Taste, Shop, Spend” program, an add-on campaign of the policy that gives an allowance of 1,000 baht for members of the public to travel.
— NBT World (video)

Chulalongkorn Business School presents ASEAN and Thailand’s Top Corporate Brands
The Master in Branding and Marketing (MBM) Program of Chulalongkorn Business School (CBS), Chulalongkorn University has announced the corporate brand valuation results and presented ASEAN and Thailand’s Top Corporate Brands 2019 awards at the Stock Exchange of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

MOPH promotes helicopter deployment in emergency medical services
The National Institute for Emergency Medicine has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand to promote deployment of helicopters to transport patients in case of emergency.
— NBT World (video)

Glutinous rice stocks to be bagged and sold next week
The Ministry of Commerce has instructed a nationwide inspection of glutinous rice stocks to prevent hoarding.
— NBT World (video)

New hotel and condo developments flood Phuket’s property market
The continuing wave of developers bringing hotel investment grade real estate to the Phuket real estate market is escalating. Notable new entries include 74 units at the Melia Phuket Karon Residences that are now for sale. Pricing for one and two bedroom units starts at 8.4 million baht.
— The Thaiger

A volunteer rescuer exacts revenge for a friend in a Chon Buri Hospital – VIDEO
As posted on The Thaiger Facebook page earlier today, originally from ข่าวเมืองชล (Chon Buri News), a video shows an unidentified Thai “volunteer” (the uniform could be a volunteer rescue official) savagely beating up a suspect whilst he was laying in his hospital bed.
— The Thaiger

Police Investigation conducted over alleged Chinese owned fake chapel in Bang Lamung
An investigation is being conducted over a Chinese business owner allegedly renting and building a fake chapel on temple land in Khao Maikaew for a Chinese tour business.
— The Pattaya News

What Do Thai-Chinese Think About Hong Kong Protests? (Part I)
On the main street of Yaowaraj – home to Chinese immigrants who sailed to Thailand over a century ago and their descendants – Wan Pek Tang sits selling both Thai and Chinese newspapers.
— Khaosod English

“How did my son die in Thailand?” A British father seeks answers.
The father of a 37 year old British man who died in mysterious circumstances in Koh Samui in May this year, has called in a former detective to sort out what happened.
— The Thaiger

Digital ministry wants 5G in 2020
The Digital Economy and Society Ministry is pushing for the adoption of fifth-generation (5G) technology by next year, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), as a way to attract global tech investment.
— Bangkok Post

18 cases in one day for Patong’s lifeguards in Phuket
Yesterday (August 27), Patong Lifeguards reported that there were a total of 18 people rescued, all in a day’s work at Patong beach.
— The Thaiger

Volunteer Cops ‘Reprimanded’ for Beating Patient in ER
An official on Wednesday confirmed two police auxiliaries beat up a motorcycle crash victim inside a hospital in Chonburi province earlier this month.
— Khaosod English

Four beaches in Trang closed to swimming due to unsafe conditions
Officials from the Haad Chao Mai National Park have posted red flags along four popular Trang beaches to warn tourists against swimming because strong onshore winds were whipping up the waves to more than two metres in height.
— The Thaiger

Khon Kaen teacher cuts pupil’s hair, then pays him to keep quiet
A teacher in Khon Kaen province in Issan is in hot water after she violated Ministry of Education guidelines by cutting a student’s hair.
— The Thaiger

Four abandoned and starving dogs rescued from a house in Nonthaburi
Four dogs, which were abandoned in a cage without food and water for almost a month in a town house in Nonthaburi province, were rescued on Tuesday by officials from the Health and Livestock Development department
— Thai PBS News

Over 77,000 Bangkok residents living with HIV
Authorities estimate that 77,500 people are living with HIV in Bangkok, 1,190 of them contracted the virus this year, according to deputy Bangkok governor Pol Lt Gen Sophon Phisutthiwong. 628 of the 1,190 identified this year were under 25 years of age.
— The Thaiger

Erawan Group targets 87 properties under 5-year plan
SET-listed Erawan Group Plc (ERW) is set to continue investment plans under its five-year strategy, planning to reach 87 properties with some 10,000 rooms by 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Life with ‘Fish Koey’
Fish Koey, one of the most popular food’s ingrediant in Thailand. What is fish Koey? How to make it? How to find it? And in what dishes can Koey be an ingredient?
— Thai PBS 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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