Thailand morning news for August 30

Thailand morning news for August 30
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Thailand morning newsKoh Tao Murder Convicts Sentenced to Die by Supreme Court
The Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentence for two Burmese men convicted of murdering two British tourists on a popular island in 2014.
— Khaosod English

Thailand to Roll Out Plain Cigarette Packs
Cigarette packs will no longer feature branding when tougher smoking laws come into effect this Sept. Brand colors and logos on cigarette packs will be replaced with standardized fonts and colors when new ministerial regulations become effective on Sept. 10.
— Khaosod English

Chuan expects PM and his cabinet to attend House debate
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said today he expects Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his ministers to be present at the House session to answer questions from opposition MPS related to the oath-taking controversy.
— Thai PBS News

Traders seek more regional export markets via Thailand
Myanmar should consider exporting agriculture products such as rice, nuts, beans and nuts to Malaysia via Thailand, said Daw Thin Thin Myat, chair of Myawaddy Border Traders Association.
— Myanmar Times

NACC urged to exercise its power to protect whistle blowers
The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand has urged the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to exercise its powers under the nation’s anti-graft legislation to protect whistle blowers, starting with the case of Ms. Om-aree Khengrith, a kindergarten teacher at Wat Wong Duen School in Hanka district of the central province of Chainat.
— Thai PBS News

TM30: The form getting expats in Thailand into a bureaucratic tangle
Thailand has long been an attractive destination for Western expats – where money goes further and can buy a good quality of life.
— BBC News

BoT holds off on DSR standard plan
The Bank of Thailand has delayed implementing a standardised debt-service ratio (DSR) calculation from the final quarter of this year, hoping to help low-income earners access loans from financial institutions amid the sluggish economy.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Blockchain to be adopted in customs sector
The Customs Department of Thailand will apply blockchain-based shipment tracking and information sharing platform to streamline procedures.
— Vietnamplus

HR Asia Announces Thailand’s Best Companies to Work for in Asia
This year, 4,873 employees from a total of 129 companies across Thailand responded to the HR Asia Best Companies to Work for in Asia Survey.
— Yahoo Finance (media release)

Moon touts strength of Korea-Thailand partnership
President Moon Jae-in of South Korea has announced a strengthening of the partnership between Thailand and the Republic of Korea as he prepares to visit the kingdom on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

PM orders detailed analysis on poverty
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered a more detailed analysis into poverty in Thailand as the government prepares to launch solutions to tackle the problem.
— Bangkok Post

Crackdown nets drugs worth B167m
The Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) has confiscated more than 1.4 million speed pills and other drugs valued at over 167 million baht in its latest campaign against illicit drugs.
— Bangkok Post

Supreme Court upholds death sentences for 2 Myanmar men for Koh Tao murders
The Thai Supreme Court on Thursday upheld the death sentences passed on a pair of Myanmar migrant workers for the murders of two British tourists on Koh Tao on September 15th, 2014.
— Thai PBS News

Indo Pacific military conference resolves to continue cooperation
The 2019 Indo Pacific Chiefs of Defence (CHOD) Conference has concluded, with all sides agreeing to continue to cooperate and work towards peace and stability in the region.
— NBT World (video)

EEC Office, ZAEZ ink aerotropolis agreement
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office has signed an agreement with China’s Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone (ZAEZ) on strategic cooperation and to develop an aerotropolis at U-tapao airport in Rayong province.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry wants news rules to chime with global forum
The Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry is working to iron out a framework for fake news detection that is compatible with the practices upheld by the International Fact-Checking Network (IFCN), a forum for fact-checkers worldwide.
— Bangkok Post

Open outlet at own risk: Wissanu
Central Pattana Plc (CPN) can proceed with the planned opening of its new luxury outlet near Suvarnabhumi International Airport at its own risk, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

TDRI wants waste on agenda
Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) has urged the government to include waste management as part of the national agenda and proposed the government ban foam usage and make consumers pay for plastic shopping bags.
— Bangkok Post

Paiboon returns B883k to Election Commission
Party-list MP Paiboon Nititawan on Thursday returned to the Election Commission (EC) the money allocated to his People’s Reform Party (PRP), which has been closed down, from the Fund for Development of Political Parties.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seeks consultation with Taiwan on domestically built satellite
Thailand’s space authorities have expressed an interest in collaborating with Taiwan as the country tries to get its domestically built satellite off the ground.
— Taiwan News

Martin Wood Thailand death: ‘No evidence’ of foul play
There is “no evidence” of murder or suicide in the case of a man who died in Thailand, an inquest in the UK has heard.
— BBC News

Vessel traffic closed for Royal Barge Procession
The Royal Thai Navy held another minor rehearsal of the Royal Barge Procession, as part of nationwide celebrations of His Majesty the King’s coronation earlier this year.
— NBT World (video)

ASEAN Ceramics display 2019
Thailand is hosting the ASEAN Ceramics 2019 Expo at Impact Muang Thong Thani from now until tomorrow (30th), bringing together ceramics producers worldwide to displaying their manufacturing technology and innovations.
— NBT World (video)

BoT: No plans for debt service ratio limit
The Bank of Thailand has no plans to impose a debt service ratio (DSR) limit this year but it will closely monitor household debt problems, a deputy governor said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Governor checks polluted pond at Na Jomtien beach
Following complaints by local residents and tourists, Chonburi Governor Pakarathorn Thienchai led a team of officials on August 26 to inspect a sewer-polluted pool of water that had formed on a Najomtien beach.
— Pattaya Mail

Student revolt over school lunches pays off
School officials in the Hanka district in Chainat, central Thailand have now upgraded the quality of the daily school lunches for their students after receiving a deluge of complaints from parents.
— The Thaiger

Three-year wait for massage licences ‘too long’
A group of trained Thai traditional massage practitioners on Thursday petitioned the Public Health Ministry to speed up their licence application process, complaining that over 17,000 had been waiting more than three years for licences.
— Bangkok Post

Uttama: More economic stimulus is needed
The government is ready to add further fiscal support if a recently introduced stimulus package is insufficient, the finance minister said on Thursday, as the government tries to revive flagging domestic activity.
— Bangkok Post

GM cuts 327 jobs at plant in Rayong
General Motors Thailand, the local car production unit of the US parent, cut another 327 jobs at its Rayong plants as part of a plan to reduce operating costs and slim down the manufacturing facility.
— Bangkok Post

Rally held supporting Chula professor facing probe for campaigning against use of chemicals in agriculture
Thailand’s famous “song for life” rocker Add Carabao was among a large group of supporters of a ban on two herbicides and a pesticide who rallied at Chulalongkorn Hospital on Thursday to offer moral support to Professor Dr. Thirawat Hemajutha, chief of the Information Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases.
— Thai PBS News

Heavy rain likely this weekend for Chonburi warns the Thai Meteorological Department
The Meteorological Department Thursday issued an urgent warning to residents of many provinces to brace for heavy rains as tropical storm Podul makes its influence felt.
— The Pattaya News

School Director Transferred for Meatless Stir-fried Mama
A school director is being transferred for allegedly serving a school lunch of instant noodles containing neither protein nor vegetables.
— Khaosod English

Thailand Space Week 2019
This year’s international aerospace exhibition, Thailand Space Week 2019, is currently showcasing aerospace and geo-information technology and a zero-gravity simulation using human gyroscopes.
— Pattaya Mail

Central Village Vows to Open Despite Ongoing Dispute
A luxury outlet mall announced Wednesday that it will open this Saturday, despite an ongoing dispute with the operator of Suvarnabhumi Airport.
— Khaosod English

Thailand can add more economic stimulus if needed – Fin Min
Thailand is ready to add further fiscal support if a recently introduced stimulus package is insufficient, the finance minister said on Thursday, as the government tries to revive flagging domestic activity.
— Reuters

Bangkok rated 47th safest city, Tokyo tops
Bangkok is ranked 47th safest of 60 countries surveyed by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), which sees Tokyo as the safest city in the world and Singapore the safest in in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand China joins hand in Eastern Airport City development
The Eastern Economic Corridor Office and the Administrative Committee of Zhengzhou Airport Economy Zone have established a cooperation on the development of Thailand’s Eastern Airport City.
— NBT World (video)

Bangkok opens up trade opportunities at electronic and manufacturing fair
A world of trade opportunities will open up at the Bangkok Refrigeration, Heating, Ventilation and Air-Conditioning 2019 (Bangkok RHVAC 2019) and the Bangkok Electric and Electronics 2019 (Bangkok E&E 2019).
— The Philippine Star

Man kills girlfriend during lovers’ tiff
A man confessed to causing the death of his 24-year old girlfriend after they became embroiled in a heated row over a third party love interest.
— Pattaya Mail

Drug courier crashes off the road in Ayutthaya, police find 160,000 meth pills
A drug runner has been arrested and methamphetamine pills and crystal methamphetamine (ice) seized after his pickup careered off a road in the Bang Pahan district in Ayutthaya this morning.
— The Thaiger

US-Thai diplomatic relations return to normal
The US government downgraded its diplomatic relations with Thailand following the coup in 2014 , which overthrew the government of Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra. Bilateral relations have, however, steadily been returning to normal since this year’s general election in Thailand and the formation of an elected government.
— Thai PBS News

Arrest warrants issued over Saturday’s Songkhla 85 million baht gold robbery
he Na Thawi Provincial Court in Songkhla has issued arrest warrants for two men suspected to be involved in the 85 million baht gold shop heist on Saturday.
— The Thaiger

Thai man shoots ex-bully at school reunion: Reports
A class reunion in Thailand turned ugly on Saturday (Aug 24) after an attendee shot a former classmate in revenge for bullying him when they were both teenagers.

Bangkok opens second dog park
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has established Bang Khae Phirom Park on Thonburi side of the capital as its second park that allows people to bring in their canine companions to exercise.
— NBT World (video)

Army marks 33rd anniversary of Royal Thai Army HQ
The Royal Thai Army has marked the 33rd anniversary of the Royal Thai Army Headquarters, emphasizing continued protection and reverence of the royal institution and the interests of the nation.
— NBT World (video)

GISTDA announces Discover Thailand’s Astronaut Scholarship Program
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) announced the Discover Thailand’s Astronaut Scholarship Program, which offers an opportunity for selected Thai children to witness operations at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center and NASA Visitor Center.
— NBT World (video)

AMATA lunches Smart Classroom & Smart City
On August 24th, 2019, AMATA Corporation collaborated with the Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) to launch the first Smart Classroom with the aim to be the center of digital manpower development in EEC and to officially open the “Amata Smart City Showcase” in AMATA City Chonburi.
— Bangkok Post

Pet Expo Thailand & Pet Expo Championship 2019 held in Bangkok, Thailand
The Pet Expo Thailand & Pet Expo Championship 2019 would be held at Bangkok International Trade & Exhibition Centre (BITEC) from Aug. 29 to Sept. 1.
— Xinhuanet


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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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