Thailand morning news for December 25

Thailand morning news for December 25
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Reporter gets jail in libel case filed by poultry farm
A court on Tuesday sentenced a reporter to two years in prison for criminal libel for a comment she tweeted about a labour abuse grievance at a poultry farm.
— Bangkok Post

Learn & earn: Unesco Learning Coin initiative fulfilling migrant children’s dreams (video)
It is no secret that education is the key to breaking the poverty cycle, but for some of the most vulnerable members of society, the children of migrant workers, household financial pressures often mean that dreams of higher achievements in life remain out of reach.
— AEC News Today

Prayuth Slams Reporters’ Nicknames Satirizing Gov’t
Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday night he was not amused by a list of nicknames mocking his government released by a media club.
— Khaosod English

Suvarnabhumi Airport prepares for year end surge
Suvarnabhumi Airport is set to go through another peak period this week as many people are traveling to and from the Kingdom to celebrate the new year, prompting the authorities to establish temporary measures up for the period.
— Newsline (video)

PM joins launch of New Year holiday safe driving campaign
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today joined the Ministry of Public Health, the Thai Health Promotion Foundation (Thai Health) and its network to launch the “No Drink Driving for a Safe Return Home” campaign, which aims at reducing road accidents during the New Year holiday period.
— Thai PBS News

Public Health Ministry bans plastic microbeads in cosmetics
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health has banned the import, production and sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads, effective January 1st, 2020.
— Thai PBS News

Year-end tourism expected to generate over 80 billion baht
The Kasikorn Research Centre says both domestic and foreign tourists in Thailand are expected to generate over 82 billion baht between December 28 and January 5, aka the ‘silly season’.
— The Thaiger

PM orders government agencies to speed up budget disbursement
The Prime Minister has instructed heads of government agencies and state enterprises to develop their fiscal 2021 budget plans, as a House committee is still vetting the 2020 budget bill.
— Newsline (video)

Use of FTA perks, GSP see decline
The use of free trade agreement (FTA) privileges and the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) by Thai exporters dropped by 2.95% in the first 10 months of the year to US$60.3 billion.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand forecasts worst drought in four decades
Thailand’s Meteorological Department is forecasting that the drought will be the worst in 40 years and last until May 2020.
— Vietnamplus

Thai gov’t approves financial aid to 5th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge
The Thai government on Tuesday approved financial assistance to Laos for the construction of the fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge linking Thailand’s northeastern province of Bueng Kan with Lao’s central province of Bolikhamsai.
— Xinhuanet

The Chinese sneezed and south-east asian tourism caught cold
Things have gone a bit quiet on the tourist front.
— The Thaiger

Cabinet approves 2020 headline inflation target of 1-3%
The cabinet has approved the central bank’s headline inflation target of 1-3% for next year, narrowed from this year’s 1-4% range, a government spokeswoman said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Work Permit and Business Visa Issues: finding one’s way through the Thailand Maze
Work permits and business visas are integral components of an expatriate’s ability to maintain lawful immigration status as well as work authorisation in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Palang Pracharath wins by election in Khon Kaen
The Palang Pracharath Party earned the 118th seats in the House of Representatives after the party won the by-election in Khon Kaen’s Constituency 7 on December 22.
— Newsline (video)

GH Bank: Over 71,000 registered for state housing down payment subsidy
The Government Housing Bank (GH Bank) revealed over 71,000 people have registered for the government’s down payment subsidy campaign for housing purchases.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Narrows CPI Target as Price Pressures Stay Subdued
Thailand will narrow its inflation target from next year as consumer-price growth remains subdued in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Bloomberg

Cabinet approves B777m development loan to Myanmar
The cabinet has approved a low-interest 777-million-baht loan under a 30-year contract to Myanmar for infrastructure development in Myawaddy.
— Bangkok Post

More than 45 winners honoured at the Dot Property Southeast Asia Awards 2019
It was a celebration unlike any other as more than 200 of real estate’s best and brightest were in attendance.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to ban plastic microbeads in cosmetics
The Thai Ministry of Public Health said on Tuesday that it will ban the import, production and sale of cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads from Jan. 1, 2020.
— Xinhuanet

Govt, Laos ink deal to fight drugs
Thailand and Laos have agreed to step up patrols and cooperation to combat the thriving narcotics trade along their common border.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN and China Strengthen and Continue Media Cooperation
The Thai Public Relations Department today hosted the closing ceremony of the “ASEAN-China Year of Media Exchanges” campaign in Bangkok, celebrating the achievements of the program.
— Newsline (video)

Four-nation joint patrol on Mekong River starts
The 89th Mekong River joint patrol led by China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand was launched Tuesday in southwest China’s Yunnan Province.
— Xinhuanet

Pirapan chairs House charter amendment panel
Pirapan Salirathavibhaga, who represents the government, has been voted chairman of the House extraordinary committee to pave the way for constitution amendment.
— Bangkok Post

Introductory Air Force Chief Visit Highlights Brunei-Thailand Defense Ties
Last week, Thailand’s new air force chief made his introductory visit to Brunei.
— The Diplomat

BKK Police conduct crime sweeping operation ahead NY celebration
The Metropolitan Police Bureau has dispatched officials to conduct an anti-crime and narcotics operation and is stationing police at various New Year celebration and risk venues, as the end of the year is fast approaching.
— Newsline (video)

Households and SMEs’ debt raise concerns (BoT)
The Bank of Thailand concluded that Thailand’s financial system remained sound, with commercial banks and insurance companies holding ample capital buffers.
— Thailand Business News

King Power awarded Don Mueang airport duty-free concession
The board of Airports of Thailand Plc has awarded a 10.5-year duty-free concession at Don Mueang airport to King Power Duty Free Co, which offered a yearly 1.5-billion-baht minimum return, AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn announced on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand announce 33-man strong preliminary squad for AFC U23 Championship
Thailand have announced a 33-man strong preliminary squad for the upcoming AFC U23 Championship, which will be hosted by them.
— FOX Sports

Thailand to host Mrs. Tourism pageant in 2020
Ricalde said that registration is now open for the Mrs. Tourism 2020 pageant which will be held in Thailand from Oct. 15-29, 2020.
— Manila Bulletin

GLO to test online lotto sale next year
The Government Lottery Office (GLO) will begin to trial online lottery sales in the first quarter of 2020, as its board is now determining the draw format.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Post waives festive mail charges
Thailand Post will waive postage charges for New Year’s cards and letters from Dec 25 to Jan 5 to rekindle the traditional way of sending best wishes via the written word as well as boost the company’s image, says Digital Economy and Society (DES) Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta.
— Bangkok Post

New east-west expressway to open in five years
The Expressway Authority of Thailand plans to call tenders next year for construction of a new east-west expressway, 11.3 kilometres long from Kasetsart intersection to Bangkok’s eastern ring road, to open in 2024, and it will include a monorail.
— Bangkok Post

Stalder leads PHL firms to Bangkok Halal fair
Stalder Laboratories Inc. headed the country’s corporate delegation to the Thailand Halal Assembly from December 20-22 to promote halal-certified Philippine products in the huge Thai market.
— Manila Bulletin

Local carriers brace for a challenging new year
A strong currency, higher operation costs from an excise tax and a slowdown in tourism are among the challenges confronting local airlines next year.
— Bangkok Post

Student Bully Facing Possible Attempted Murder Charges
Police in central Thailand are contemplating attempted of murder charges against a 19 year-old Mathayom 6 student.
— Chiang Rai Times

Quran Memorization Center Launched in Thailand
According to website, Al-Rahma International Charity has established the center in the Southeast Asian country.

Circular solution to plastic plight
We are drowning in plastics. Unless we change our behaviour, there will be more plastic by weight than fish in the ocean by 2050.
— Bangkok Post

Factory owner arrested in connection with murder
Police have arrested owner of a fertiliser factory charged in connection with the murder of a woman three years ago in Phra Phutthabat district.
— Bangkok Post

PTT organizes 21st Green Globe Award
PTT Public Company Limited, in cooperation with the Green Globe Institute, is hosting the 21st competition for the Green Globe Award and is inviting interested people including environmentalists, activist groups, communities, and members of the press to present their environmental conservation projects as well as written articles and essays under the theme of sufficient living with the environment.
— Newsline (video)


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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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