Thailand morning news for August 8

Thailand morning news for August 8
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PM insists he did not intentionally omit words during his oath taking
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today he had no intention to truncate the oath he took during the swearing-in ceremony in front of His Majesty the King last month, but will settle the issue himself.
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand cuts policy rate, to 1.5%
The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee has made a surprise decision today to cut the policy interest rate amid pressure to avert an economic slowdown and hedge the heightened trade war between the US and China.
— The Thaiger

Japan firms’ sentiment in Thailand turns negative
Business sentiment among Japanese companies operating in Thailand has plummeted over the US-China trade war, with a diffusion index for the January-June period going negative for the first time since the second half of 2015.
— Bangkok Post

Drought situation intensifies in many areas nationwide
Irrigation officials have revealed that scores of communities in the northeastern province of Khon Kaen continue to suffer from lack of water for consumption and agricultural activities, despite a series of downpours brought on the region by typhoon Vipa last week.
— NBT World (video)

Elephant farm operators defend accusations from foreign media
Elephant farm operators across the country have held a conference to defend themselves against recent accusations made by foreign media. They are set to file legal charges to protect themselves and the elephants.
— Pattaya Mail

Bank of Thailand sees more room to ease after surprise rate cut
The Bank of Thailand unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate Wednesday for the first time in more than four years to boost the economy, and said it sees more room to ease as global risks surge.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward’s Pannika and Palang Pracharat’s Pareena in legal tussle
The simmering war of words between two female MPs, Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika Wanich and Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt, has erupted into a legal battle, with both filing defamation charges against each other.
— Thai PBS News

Seniority to determine promotions in police force
Seniority will be the key criterion in determining the promotions of police officers under the regulations of the Police Commission, which have come into force after their publication in the Royal Gazette on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS News

Activists Submit Petition, Call for Naked Rally to Amend Charter
An activist group submitted 50,000 signatures to the House Speaker today in a bid to rewrite the junta-backed constitution.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok Bomb Suspects Rise to 9, New Explosive Found
Police said they defused an explosive device in Bangkok’s shopping district Wednesday morning which appears linked to the bombing spree that struck the capital last week.
— Khaosod English

Legal process to amend Charter
The government is listening to the growing demand to amend the 2017 Constitution from many sides.
— NBT World (video)

43 hospitals miss pricing deadline
Forty three private hospitals have been summoned to clarify why they failed to submit information on the actual costs and their listed prices of drugs, medical supplies and medical services to the Internal Trade Department by the July 31 deadline.
— Bangkok Post

Futsal penalty threatens to capsize govt coalition
The ruling coalition’s razor-thin majority appears shaky after the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) decided this week to indict three Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MPs over a graft-ridden deal to construct futsal fields at schools in the Northeast.
— Bangkok Post

Ombudsman accepts petition to examine legitimacy of cabinet’s oath
The Office of the Ombudsman has accepted a petition to determine whether or not the cabinet’s oath-taking statement is constitutional.
— NBT World (video)

Migrants mistakenly held in Thai trafficking shelters
Thai shelters are hosting a record number of potential trafficking victims but many are in fact smuggled migrants, human rights campaigners said, as the southeast Asian nation seeks to boost its anti-trafficking credentials.

Road lanes expanded under Orange Line project
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is looking to expand the roads located near the construction site of the MRT Orange Line project, in order to alleviate traffic congestion in the area.
— NBT World (video)

SBPAC to ask PM to consider border development plan to stimulate trade
The Secretary-General of the Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) is planning to propose a plan to promote border development to the Prime Minister, in order to stimulate trade in the Southern region.
— NBT World (video)

TAT announces five new national parks in Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that Thailand has added five new national parks around the country during 2016 to 2019 since the start of the reign of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun (King Rama X).
— The Phuket News

PM quashes flat-fare plan
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has quashed the proposal to introduce a 15-baht flat-rate fare on state-run electric train routes, saying it will force the state to fork out money to make up for lost revenues.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand is ready to be a model for SMART Patrol System in protecting forests and wildlife
Thailand is ready to be a model for SMART Patrol System in protecting forests and wildlife in ASEAN region.
— NBT World (video)

Director Wants Thai Seafood Slavery Film to Act as Warning in Cambodia
The maker of a new film about a Cambodian boy enslaved on a Thai fishing trawler said on Tuesday he wants to use it to raise awareness and stop people from falling victim to traffickers.
— Voice of America

Blast fears after B240m super yacht catches fire
Phuket: Fire fighters were called out yesterday morning to put out a blaze on a 240 million baht super yacht moored at a pier in Thalang district. No one was injured.
— Bangkok Post

Thai insurer offers world’s first auto coverage to start and stop with engine
A Thai insurer has introduced the world’s first insurance policy that automatically switches on when the driver starts the car, aiming to cut the costs of automotive cover by as much as 40%.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Four army units of Thai military celebrate 67th anniversary
Commander-in-Chief of the Royal Thai Army Gen. Apirat Kongsompong has presided over the opening of an event to celebrate the 67th anniversary of four army units.
— NBT World (video)

Canadians should ‘avoid all travel’ to parts of Thailand
The Canadian government has issued a travel advisory for anyone currently in or planning to travel to Thailand.
— Yahoo News

Copy Thailand in fighting human trafficking, Malaysia told
Malaysia has been urged to emulate Thailand in the management of human trafficking cases by allowing collaboration between enforcement agencies and civic groups.

TAT and startups put focus on Nordic market
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is collaborating with 24 high-potential Thai startups to break into the Nordic market.
— Bangkok Post

PM reaffirms transparency of vetting process for state firms’ executives
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed responsible officials to thoroughly vet officials nominated for positions in various ministries and state enterprises, emphasizing the transparency of the vetting process.
— NBT World (video)

Health ministry proposes solution to crowded hospital issue
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has proposed an idea to address the issue of crowded hospitals by allowing general patients who have already seen a doctor to purchase medicine at pharmacies registered with the ministry.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand: Increase of production needed to export red pomelos
Red pomelos can be cultivated year-round in Thailand, but the period for the tastiest fruits is about to come to an end.
— Fresh Plaza

China’s hunger for minerals stirs resistance in rural Thailand
The future of a Thai-Chinese potash mine planned in northeastern Thailand is mired in uncertainty as villagers are putting up fierce opposition, fueled by concerns about livelihood security, health, and the environment.
— Global Voices

Commerce Ministry promotes fruit consumption via online media
The Commerce Ministry of Thailand has launched a social media campaign promoting the importance of fruit consumption.
— NBT World (video)

NACC set to take action over fan row
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is considering taking action against the Khukhot post office in Pathum Thani which has allegedly renovated its office at an unusually high cost, including installing 30 fans in a small room.
— Bangkok Post

Woman who smuggled cocaine in her dreadlocks to be released, sent home
Nolubabalo “Babsie” Nobanda, who was caught smuggling cocaine in her dreadlocks, will be released from prison in Thailand and sent home, Daily Dispatch reports.
— The Citizen

Mobile firms turn attention to prepaid to retain users
Mobile operators are stepping up efforts to provide incentives for prepaid users to retain customers amid fierce competition in the industry.
— Bangkok Post

China’s SAIC launches MG pickup truck in Thailand
China’s SAIC Motor is hoping to break the stronghold of Japanese automakers in Thailand with the iconic British MG brand of cars.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

TCEB nets a big catch
A mega event bringing 7,500 delegates to Bangkok takes place 10 to 13 August at Bangkok’s IMPACT exhibition hall in Muang Thong Thani.
— TTR Weekly

TCELS to organize Bio Investment Asia 2019
Thailand Centre of Excellence for Life Sciences (TCELS) is planning to organize “Bio Investment Asia 2019” from September 25th to the 27th at BITEC Bangna in Bangkok, showcasing biological innovations and providing an opportunity for business matching among researchers, Thai entrepreneurs and foreign investors.
— NBT World (video)

Klong Toey slum’s days numbered
Deputy Transport Minister Atirat Ratanasate has vowed to mend the notorious image of Klong Toey slum communities with the construction of a “smart community” set to begin next year.
— Bangkok Post

Minister vows to speed up FTA talks
Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has pledged to speed up talks on pending free trade agreements (FTAs), both on a regional and bilateral basis, including the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), Thai-EU FTA and the talks with Turkey, Sri Lanka, Pakistan and Britain.
— Bangkok Post

Unexploded firebomb discovered in Bangkok’s Pratunam
Authorities recovered an unexploded firebomb at a market in central Bangkok on Wednesday in what they said was a device left over from coordinated attacks last week that wounded four people.
— Bangkok Post

Former NOB chief found to be ‘unusually rich’ by NACC
Former director of the National Office of Buddhism, Mr. Panom Sornsilp, has been found to be unusually wealthy by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for having amassed assets worth about 216 million baht.
— Thai PBS News

Pannika Files Libel Charges Against Parina for Fake News
A longstanding spar between two lawmakers escalated into a legal battle Wednesday when Future Forward MP Pannika “Chor” Wanich filed a libel suit against her rival for accusing her of supporting the alleged perpetrators behind the recent bombings.
— Khaosod English

Ombudsman accepts for consideration PM’s oath-taking controversy
Thailand’s ombudsman has accepted for consideration a petition from Mr. Srisuwan Janya, secretary-general of the Thai Constitution Protection Association, regarding Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s alleged incomplete recital of an oath…
— Thai PBS News

Thais warned to avoid travelling to Azad Kashmir
The Royal Thai Embassy in Islamabad issued a statement, posted on its Facebook page at around 2am on Wednesday, advising Thai people to avoid travelling to the city of Azad Kashmir, especially along the Line of Control (LoC), the de facto border between India and Pakistan, and nearby areas during tightened security and tensions between the two countries.
— Thai PBS News

2 Thai cities up for creative awards
Bangkok and Sukhothai have been nominated by the Culture Ministry to compete as Unesco Creative Cities in November.
— Bangkok Post

‘Lady D’ super yacht set adrift after firefighters fail to reach the burning yacht in Phuket
Local Marine officials in Phuket were notified at 8.30am this morning of a fire aboard a luxury yacht parked at the Ao Po Grand Marina. Responding to calls from Ao Po Grand Marina staff, firefighters discovered the ‘Lady D’ was out of reach, as it had parked 500 metres beyond the furthest extremity of the port.
— The Thaiger

Three Thai airports being renovated to double passenger volumes
Krabi, Buriram and Surat Thani provincial airports are getting a makeover to double their capacities in 2020, with a combined budget of 11.3 billion baht.
— The Thaiger

Centara Hotels raise funds to help HIV & AIDS patients
Management and staff of the Centara Pattaya Hotel and Centara Nova Hotel & Spa Pattaya, led by Metta Boonyaritipong (centre), held a garage sale to raise money for ‘The Glory Hut Foundation’.
— Pattaya Mail

PM orders 4-lane roads built in deep South
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered the Transport Ministry to expand roads in the three restive southern provinces into four-lane highways.
— Bangkok Post

Demand surges in modern logistics properties
Growing e-commerce following the global trend, together with the relocation of China-based manufacturing companies, has significantly increased demand for modern logistics properties (MLPs) in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Fetco seeks Uttama backing
Capital market representatives will likely meet with Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana on Wednesday to propose a new investment fund to replace the long-term equity fund (LTF), whose tax privilege is set to expire this year.
— Bangkok Post

UPDATE: Electricity off in parts of Kamala, Phuket TOMORROW (Thursday)
After checking with the PEA we’ve discovered that the outage around Kamala will be tomorrow (Thursday), not Friday as originally published.
— The Thaiger

Swedish man and Thai wife robbed in broad daylight riding motorcycle in Pattaya
A Swedish man and Thai partner were robbed whilst riding their motorbike in broad daylight in Pattaya. 52 year old Stefan Hujanen from Sweden and his 32 year old wife Tippawan were riding a motorcycle between North Pattaya and Pratumnak Hill last Saturday around 11am.
— 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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