Thailand morning news for July 25

Thailand morning news for July 25
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Southern MPs seek review of security laws
Southern MPs are pressing the government to review the enforcement of two laws, which they say have fostered unrest in the far South.
— Bangkok Post

Income inequality, debt, climate change and plastic waste the main issues – BOT governor
Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob, in his speech entitled “Formulating for the Future of Corporate Governance”, delivered at the Finance and Beyond National Director Conference 2019 in Bangkok today.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s plastic-filled seas claim another endangered turtle
Thailand’s plastic-filled oceans claimed another endangered sea turtle that confused trash for food. Veterinarians from Sattahip’s Sea Turtle Conservation Center were called to Somprasong Beach in Najomtien’s Moo 3 village on July 22.
— Pattaya Mail

PM says he is not worried about the Opposition in policy debate
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Wednesday) that he is not worried about the prospect of being given a rough time by the Opposition during the two-day debate on the government’s policy statement, due to kick off Thursday morning.
— Thai PBS News

Rice exports down on strong baht
Rice exporters on Wednesday lowered their target for the year from 9.5 million tonnes to 9 million, after a sharp fall in first-half shipments due to the strong baht and ample global stockpiles.
— Bangkok Post

BKK governor says he is ready for prison if corruption found in incinerator project
Bangkok Governor Aswin Kwanmuang announced today (Wednesday) that he was willing to go to prison if it is proven that there is corruption in City Hall’s plan to build two waste incinerators, worth an estimated 13 billion baht.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Met office forecasts more rain for Northeast by end of July
TMD reported today that on 29th and 30th of this month, the monsoon trough will lie across Myanmar, Laos and upper Vietnam, while the moderate southwest monsoon prevails over the Andaman Sea, Thailand and the Gulf.
— Thai PBS News

Low rainfall to hit rice exports
Low rainfall, if it extends until August, will possibly lower rice exports to 8.5 million tonnes this year, the lowest volume in seven years, according to shippers.
— Bangkok Post

Anti-Prayuth Coalition Ready to Grill Gov’t in Marathon Session
Both government and opposition camps on Wednesday said they are prepped for what promised to be the first time PM Prayuth Chan-ocha faces his critics in a parliament since coming to power five years ago.
— Khaosod English

Fine for motorbikes using footpaths doubles to B2,000
Motorcyclists caught driving on Bangkok’s footpaths will face a fine of 2,000 baht, an increase from 1,000 baht, starting on Aug 1, deputy city governor Sakoltee Phattiyakul said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Treatment changed after drug-resistant malaria found in Isan
The Public Health Ministry has changed the medications used to treat malaria in two northeastern border provinces where cases of drug-resistance have been reported.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut: China, Laos, Myanmar asked to release water
The government has asked China, Laos and Myanmar to release more water into rivers to help relieve the drought conditions in Thailand, and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said they are cooperating.
— Bangkok Post

Militant Raid on Pattani Checkpoint Kills 4
A coordinated gun attack on a military checkpoint in the restive province of Pattani left four security officers dead, the army said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Thai Deputy Prime Minister to set up cabinet with private sector
Four challenging issues have been raised by the private sector with the new government through Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak, who has accepted the proposals and may set up an economics’ cabinet.
— Thailand Business News

Startup Thailand 2019: Startup Nation one of the biggest tech events in Southeast Asia
From July 23-27, 2019, the National Innovation Agency (NIA) will launch Startup Thailand 2019: Startup Nation as Southeast Asia’s biggest tech conference to rendering Thailand into a tech hub of the future.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand aims to become regional aviation hub
The Thai government is striving to make the country a regional aviation hub, and the industry continues to grow by 10 percent a year, said new Transport Minister of Thailand Saksayam Chidchob.
— Vietnamplus

Bangkok Market to focus on the low-rise housing
The Bangkok condominium market has slowed down due to the accumulation of unsold stock and the tightening of mortgage lending regulations.
— Thailand Business News

Agencies to propose ways to lower public transport fares
The heads of public transport agencies are expected to meet on July 30 to propose several measures to support the government’s plan to cut public transport fares.
— Bangkok Post

Fake Goods, Health Products From Thailand Now a Click Away
Each year, thousands of tourists travel to Thailand and buy counterfeit designer clothing. But Thailand is also emerging as a center of online markets for fake branded goods, according to a recent UN report.
— Khaosod English

Phuket’s roti knife attack victim identified as Ambassador’s son
The Egyptian tourist slashed by a roti seller in Chalong’s Soi Ta-iad over the weekend, has been identified as the son of the Egyptian Ambassador in Uruguay.
— The Thaiger

Energy Minister directs PTT to cap LPG-NGV prices for two more months
The Minister of Energy has brought forward urgent plans to help people manage fuel costs, which also include having PTT Public Company Limited to continue to cap LPG and NGV prices.
— NBT World (video)

Satellite Warehouse under the Disaster Emergency Logistics System for ASEAN (DELSA)
When the recent ASEAN Summit in Thailand was concluded in June, one of the notable outcomes was the setting up of a satellite warehouse in Chainat province to support ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance on disaster management.
— NBT World (video)

Criminalise torture now
Torture allegedly committed by soldiers and police officers in Thailand against detainees in recent years has usually happened behind closed doors, involving techniques that leave no bruises or visible wounds.
— Bangkok Post

PM & wife at Chulalongkorn University Hospital wishing HM Queen Sirikit speedy recovery
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife, Naraporn, presented flowers and good wishes for Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, for a rapid recovery.
— Thai PBS News

Park authorities mull removal of forest resort used by Palang Pracharat
Thailand’s Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is considering invoking the forest encroachment provisions of the National Park act to demolish a forest resort, which was used as the venue for a Palang Pracharat party seminar at the weekend.
— Thai PBS News

Four officials dead, two wounded as insurgents attack checkpoint in Pattani
One soldier and three defence volunteers were killed, and two other volunteers injured, in an attack by suspected insurgents on a road checkpoint in Thailand’s southernmost province of Pattani.
— Thai PBS News

Fake police chief arrested with B8.8m cash, drugs
A man claiming to be the Crime Suppression Division (CSD) chief has been arrested by real CSD police — who were stunned by what they found in his luxury car.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand and Indonesia traffic spikes amid US-China trade war: UPS
Thailand, Indonesia and Japan are the biggest growth markets in Asia for UPS, as supply chains quickly adapt to the U.S.-China trade war, a senior executive at the global logistics company said Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

New airport west of Bangkok costing 20 billion baht proposed: Report
Tourists visiting Thailand could be arriving at a new airport in seven years.

Probe looms in Microsoft case
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) is urging the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate a reported bribery case that involves tech giant Microsoft Corp.
— Bangkok Post

ONWR holds meeting on water management
The Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) has forecast that 25 provinces will be faced with the lack of water issue and has planned to propose an urgent solution to the problem to the prime minister.
— NBT World (video)

Aswin appoints 2 new deputies
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang has appointed two new deputies after their predecessors — Jakkapan Phiewngam and Thaweesak Lertprapan — resigned from City Hall earlier this week after the city’s two controversial incinerator projects were revealed.
— Bangkok Post

80 opposition MPs ready to go to battle with ‘newbie’ Thai PM
He’s never spoken in a Thai parliament. He’s never been leader of an elected government. He’s never had to do much debating or political negotiations.
— The Thaiger

BTS says no open umbrellas on their platforms despite heavy seasonal rain
Bangkok and its suburbs were battered by a heavy, but seasonal thunderstorm on Tuesday afternoon. The rains brought with them the usual traffic chaos during the rush evening hours.
— Thai PBS News

Tanks rolling into Bangkok today but not a coup! – Army
The tanks and army trucks are rolling into the capital today. But the Army’s Public Relations Division says it’s nothing to worry about, they’re just getting ready for celebrations for HM The King’s birthday this Sunday.
— The Thaiger

Some 19 mln foreign tourists visit Thailand in H1
Some 19.77 million foreign tourists visited Thailand in the first half of 2019, marking a slight 1.48 percent increase compared with the same period last year, according to a document released on Thai Ministry of Tourism and Sports’s website earlier this week.
— Xinhuanet

Top 10 ways to save water at home
Hot weather and Thailand’s boom-or-bust water issues (floods in wet season and water shortages in the hot season) are a part of our life. And it’s predicted that there will be hotter hot seasons and wetter wet-seasons in the future.
— The Thaiger

Rail unions want 3-airport link panel set up
Rail unions have called for a House committee to be formed to study the terms and conditions of the high-speed railway project linking three major airports, a contract awarded to a Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium.
— Bangkok Post

Rental apartments facing demand shift
As the number of Japanese expatriates in Thailand decreased to lower than 20% of total expats for the first time in 2019 and dropped 4% year-on-year to 34,133 as of April 2019, a change in demand is seen and its impact on the rental apartment sector in Bangkok is felt, despite a healthy performance.
— Bangkok Post

Balancing Thailand’s healthcare resources: ageing, declining population, and medical tourism
It’s been known for decades that Thailand is the home to the world’s most capable doctors and healthcare staff who can offer the best services, unlikely to be found anywhere else.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand plans series of world class cross-country running events
Thailand’s Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is considering the launch of a series of international standard cross-country running tournaments to boost tourism.
— Thai PBS News

The Top 10 types of expat in Thailand (2019)
Being an expat in Thailand you’ll go through plenty of phases – from excitement, to astonishment, to bewilderment, to acceptance – it’s all an exciting journey, and will rarely go to plan.
— The Thaiger


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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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