Thailand morning news for August 7

Thailand morning news for August 7
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Thailand morning newsPM admits error in oath recital and is trying to resolve the problem
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has admitted, for the first time, that he did not recite the oath of office in full, as alleged by the Opposition, and is now trying to resolve the problem.
— Thai PBS News

Suthep faces trial for graft
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) concluded on Tuesday there were grounds to prosecute former protest leader Suthep Thaugsuban over the construction of police stations and living accommodation he oversaw eight years ago as well as a key government MP, his wife and her sister over the futsal fields project.
— Bangkok Post

Shippers urge war room to solve export woes
A group of Thai shippers is calling on the government to set up a war room to handle the impact of the US-China trade row and boost the country’s exports.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-deputy agriculture minister Wirat and wife faulted for corruption in futsal court scandal
Former deputy agriculture minister and a member of the Palang Pracharat party Wirat Rattanaseth and his wife, Mrs. Tassaniya, also a member of the party, were among 24 people and companies faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for involvement in massive systematic corruption related to the construction of futsal courts in 18 northeastern provinces, worth about 4.459 billion baht.
— Thai PBS News

Pheu Thai proposes a people’s assembly to draft a new Constitution
The opposition Pheu Thai party has proposed the setting up of a 200-member people’s assembly, or Constitution Drafting Assembly, to draft a new Constitution.
— Thai PBS News

Thai army destroys thousands of landmines in jungle
SA KAEO, Thailand: Pulling back to a safe distance atop a hill, Thai troops blew up thousands of anti-personnel landmines on Tuesday (Aug 6) with controlled explosions that sent black plumes of smoke high above jungle treetops.

Cabinet approves B3.2tn for fiscal 2020 budget
The cabinet on Tuesday endorsed a fiscal 2020 budget of 3.2 trillion baht, up 6.7% or 200 billion baht from fiscal 2019, which ends Sept 30.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket’s wake-up call. The hard work starts here.
More hotels, a changing tourist mix, an exodus of expats and a decline in tourist numbers. Despite the new Tourism and Sports Minister pumping up the local tourism tyres during his visit last weekend, there’s a lot of hand-wringing and the sound of closing shop shutters around the tourist island of Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Thai Tourism minister addresses dual pricing for foreigners, says it should be the same as Thai pricing
Bangkok Thailand may be seeing the beginning of the end to a subject that angers many visitors and residents in the kingdom, dual pricing for foreigners and tourists.
— The Pattaya News

Queen Mother’s health improves
The Bureau of the Royal Household released a statement today (Tuesday), saying that Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, is recovering well after she was admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital for treatment of a fever and persistent cough on July 23rd.
— Thai PBS News

Breast implants recalled on cancer link
The Food and Drug Administration on Tuesday announced the recall of a brand of textured silicone breast implants after an American supplier reported a link with a rare form of cancer.
— Bangkok Post

Baht seen as SE Asia’s ‘safest bet’
The currency that was at the epicentre of the 1997 Asian financial crisis is emerging as the region’s safest bet.
— Bangkok Post

Prawit Says ‘Southern Groups’ Responsible for Bangkok Bombs
A top government official said on Tuesday he believes groups based in Thailand’s restive Southern region are behind a recent bombing spree in Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

New tourism minister says tourist numbers in Phuket “not as bad as media say”
Thailand’s new Sports and Tourism minister says that the drop in tourism in Thailand has been greatly exaggerated in the media.
— The Thaiger

PerMas denies involvement in series of explosions in Bangkok
The Federation of Pattani Students and Youth (PerMAS-Persatuan Mahasiswa Anak muda dan Siswa PATANI) has denied reports that it is behind the series of explosions in Bangkok last Friday, claiming the report was fake and intended to discredit the organization, according to PerMas president Hafis Yokok.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand links Bangkok bombs to southern insurgents
Small bombs that rattled Bangkok as Thailand hosted world powers last week have been tied to insurgents from the conflict-hit south, the deputy prime minister said Tuesday (Aug 6), as police hunt more suspects after arresting two men.

PM Prayut orders fairness in Bangkok bombing case
The government has reiterated that investigations into the recent bombings in Bangkok will comply with the judicial process.
— NBT World (video)

Embassy calls for release of 85 ‘traffickers’ from Thai jail
The Royal Embassy of Cambodia in Bangkok sent a letter to the Thai authorities on Monday requesting the release of 85 Cambodian workers imprisoned near the border in Sa Kaeo province over their alleged involvement in human trafficking.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand to open up visa-free stays
As China and India emerge as priority targets for Thailand’s latest tourism promotions, visa-free-travel is back on the table for urgent consideration.
— TTR Weekly

Cops arrest 7 more in capital blasts inquiry
Seven more suspects have been arrested in connection with last Friday’s bombings in Bangkok and Nonthaburi, government spokeswoman Naruemon Pinyosinwat said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai critic Pavin cries harassment after chemical attack in Japan
Japanese police are investigating an incident involving a Thai dissident and political commentator, Pavin Chachavalpongpun, who believes he was a victim of a politically-motivated attack at his residence in Kyoto last month.
— Aljazeera

Thai soldiers cut down residents’ cassava on disputed ‘white zone’
Officers from Military Region 5 and Border Unit 503 in Banteay Meanchey province will meet with their Thai counterparts on Tuesday to resolve the matter of some 30 Thai soldiers who allegedly cut down residents’ cassava on the Cambodia-Thai border.
— The Phnom Penh Post

EU seems to have forgiven Thai military ruler
However one wants to describe Thailand’s general election in March (the terms “bizarre” and “shambles” come to mind), “democratic” isn’t an adjective close at hand.
— Asia Times

Japanese investors keen on EEC and 4.0
Japanese investors have urged the government to continue key economic policies including megaproject developments, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and the Thailand 4.0 initiative.
— Bangkok Post

Energy Ministry aims to build regional power hub
The Energy Ministry is preparing to promote Thailand as the power trade hub of Southeast Asia by improving high-voltage transmission lines across the country to open regional power trading and sales of surplus electricity.
— Bangkok Post

Provincial officials maintain strict security measures
Officials are maintaining tight security measures in provinces across the Kingdom, in order to raise the confidence of locals and tourists.
— NBT World (video)

Thai insurance premiums dip for first time in 15 years
Thailand’s life insurance premiums in the first half of 2019 fell by 6% year-on-year, for the first time in 15 years.
— Insurance Business Asia

Speaker of the House of Representatives orders tightened security measure for parliament building
The Speaker of the House of Representatives has instructed the security authorities to strictly implement the security measure for the new parliament house, following the Bangkok attacks last week.
— NBT World (video)

Volunteer claims unit moved to help smugglers
A former leader of a forest protection volunteer unit based in Phu Khao Luang forest reserve claimed his unit was relieved from duty in order to clear the way for criminal networks to smuggle precious wood.
— Bangkok Post

Yachting tourism to lead Thailand’s East Coast tourism revival
The eighth edition of the Ocean Marina Pattaya Boat Show will take place from Nov 21-24 at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, the largest marina in Southeast Asia and located at the heart of the Thailand’s East Coast marine industry and yachting tourism.
— The Phuket News

Tourism and Sports Minister ensures tourist safety in Phuket
The Ministry of Tourism and Sports has expressed his support for the move to increase the number of lifeguards at beaches during his visit to Phuket province.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand needs more ‘wonder women’
Mae Phloi, born circa 1882, is a period Thai fictional character in Si Phaen Din (The Four Reigns), a minor courtier married into an aristocratic life. And Wonder Woman is … you know, Wonder Woman.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Certification speeded up to keep the Chinese market
Thailand’s Department of Agriculture has paved the way for increasing the value of fruit exports to the Kingdom’s biggest market, China, by meeting the standards set by that country.
— Fresh Plaza

Thailand develops water routes to tackle congestion in Bangkok
Thailand’s Transport Ministry plans to develop and integrate 12 canals into Bangkok’s main transport system, as part of a long-term plan to solve the city’s worsening traffic congestion.
— Vietnamplus

New Green Line station opens Friday
Travel will be free for a limited period when the new Skytrain station at the northern extension of the Sukhumvit line opens on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

TV host hands over cheques to compensate Praewa victims
The family of Orachon “Praewa” Devahastin na Ayudhya had TV host and actor Kanchai Kamnerdploy place 41.75 million baht in cashier cheques with the Civil Court yesterday to compensate victims of her deadly tollway crash in 2010.
— Bangkok Post

Buri Ram terminal plan given a boost
The Department of Airports is speeding up its plan to build a second terminal at Buri Ram airport to accommodate growing air traffic in this northeastern province as part of an upgrade plan.
— Bangkok Post

Shop till you drop! TAT launches Give Me 5 campaign
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a new shopping campaign, ‘Give Me 5’, to entice an additional 200,000 visitors from India and six ASEAN countries during the off-peak season of July-September.
— Travel Daily

Authorities provide assistance to Thai workers on Somalia waters
Thai officials are working around the clock to provide assistance to the 17 Thai workers being left stranded on the Somalian waters since March.
— NBT World (video)

Edgy exporters brace for damage
China weakened the yuan on Monday, sparking fears of further escalation in the Sino-US trade war and leaving Thai firms worried that they would suffer further before an agreement is reached.
— Bangkok Post

3 boat crew found alive after boat sinks near Koh Naka Noi, one still missing
Following the sinking of a crab fishing boat yesterday (August 5), south east of Koh Naka Noi, four persons were filed as missing.
— The Thaiger

Prayuth Denies Role in Attack on Monarchy Critic in Japan
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Monday the government was not involved in an assault on a political exile in Japan last month.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya City officials clear the sidewalk near Bali Hai Pier, long a source of complaints
The Sidewalk heading up to Second Road by the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya has long been a source of local resident and tourist complaints.
— The Pattaya News

Health system improvements to ensure best treatment of rare or extreme diseases
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) is working on a system to ensure access to health services for patients afflicted with rare and very rare diseases.
— Thai PBS News

Three airports to be upgraded
Buriram, Surat Thani and Krabi — will be upgraded next year under a combined budget of 11.3 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Friday’s homegrown terror attacks in Bangkok – what we know
Police continue their investigations to unravel the people behind last Friday morning’s bomb blasts around Bangkok and the likely related case of two unexploded devices found outside Royal Thai Police HQ the night before.
— The Thaiger

9 Years Later, ‘Praewa’ Delivers Compensation to Car Crash Victims
After nine years in court, representatives of a wealthy teen convicted of killing nine people in a car crash in 2010 have partially paid compensation to victims’ families.
— Khaosod English

Lower demand but Thailand is still China’s favourite international property market
The Yuan has dropped in value against the Thai baht and China remains in the midst of a long-running trade spat with the US. But, still, the Chinese investors are still buying up Thailand property although not at the same rate as they did last year.
— The Thaiger

New skytrain propelling Bangkok Land
SET-listed Bangkok Land plans to allocate 5-6 billion baht to develop new property projects in Muang Thong Thani in preparation for expected business growth once the Pink Line skytrain is developed.
— Bangkok Post

One killed, 19 hurt when bus carrying students overturns
A bus staffer was killed and 19 people — 18 school students and the driver — injured when a tour bus carrying students from Hat Yai to attend a mathematic camp in Bangkok hit a roadside tree and overturned in Lang Suan district of this southern province.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Residents complain about foul smelling black water backed up in South Pattaya Canal
Locals have complained of foul-smelling black water in a canal in South Pattaya. Locals told The Pattaya News today, August 6th, 2019, after a storm and heavy rain, water in the canal hasn’t been released properly.
— The Pattaya News

Investor mood turns bullish
Investor confidence for the next three months, August to October, edged up into bullish territory for the first time in five months amid offshore fund inflows and US monetary policy easing.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok crews practice for the Royal Barge Procession in October, a rare event
The Royal Thai Navy has just finished rehearsing the royal barge procession, which is the final part of the Coronation of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) this year.
— The Thaiger

Power off in Kamala, Phuket this Friday. Check if you’re affected.
Electricity will be out around large chunks of Kamala this Friday (August 9). The power outage will be from 9am-5pm, according to the Phuket Electrical Authority.
— The Thaiger

Car-drifting competition hits Pattaya Aug. 9-11
Burning rubber and revving engines will punctuate the Eastern National Indoor Sports Stadium as the Round 3 of the DC 2019 Drift competition comes to Pattaya Aug. 9-11.
— Pattaya Mail

Monk builds Buddhist pagoda on Koh Pha Ngan out of beer bottles
When Buddhist monks have to figure out the gritty engineering problems to construct a pagoda for their spiritual enlightenment, they have to consider using bricks, timber, concrete, or maybe even beer bottles.
— The Thaiger


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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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