Thailand morning news for July 31

Thailand morning news for July 31

Thailand morning news

Thai June factory output falls 5.54% y/y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in June fell 5.54% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, rubber products and petroleum, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Top diplomats gather in Bangkok for key Asia-Pacific talks
Top diplomats from the Asia-Pacific region started gathering Tuesday in the Thai capital to discuss issues of concern to the area, including security on the Korean peninsula and China’s territorial claims in the South China Sea.
— Pattaya Mail

Human traffickers leave 6 Rohingya starving in abandoned building in Hat Yai
Six Rohingya were left to die in an abandoned building located in Hat Yai, Songkhla. Members of the group eventaully left the building in search of food and officials are now searching for more hiding in the area.
— The Thaiger

Horrific photos serve as a wake-up call for tourists riding elephants in Thailand
Tourists heading to Thailand have been urged not to ride the elephants, after shocking pictures served as a stark reminder of the torture the animals are subjected to at some tourist attractions.
— Yahoo News

Rescued human trafficking victims rise in Thailand
Authorities in Thailand say they have rescued a growing number of human trafficking victims in the country.
— NHK World

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Thai police ensure security for ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
Thai police have prepared security measures and traffic management for the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM-52), Post Ministerial Conferences (PMCs) and related meetings scheduled for July 29 – August 3 in Bangkok.
— Vietnamplus

Esso supports Equitable Education Fund, providing 1.6 million-Baht grant to bring students back to schools
Esso (Thailand) Public Company Limited together with service station dealers nationwide, business partners and Esso Employee Club hosted an event on “Esso mission : to bring students back to schools,” by presenting 1.6 million-Baht fund-raise as educational grant to underprivileged students through Equitable Education Fund (EEF).
— Bangkok Post

Central bank cuts bond supply again in August as baht stays strong
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) has cut the amount of short-term bonds it will sell via auction in August to help slow fund inflows amid a strong baht, while traders said yields continue to fall on expectations of an interest rate cut.
— Bangkok Post

PM to head Thai government’s economic team
After having delegated responsibility for running the country’s economy to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak for the past five years, the Prime Minister has decided to replace Somkid and head the economic team himself.
— Thai PBS News

Minister weighs raising speed limit to 120km/h
The new transport minister says he will increase the speed limit to 120 kilometres per hour from 80km/h and restrict the time transport lorries can use Bangkok roads to four hours a day.
— Bangkok Post

PM hints at procurement of second submarine for the RTN
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted today that Thailand may buy another submarine, in addition to the one the Royal Thai Navy bought from China, due for delivery in 2023.
— Thai PBS News

UTCC spots export drop for full year
Thai exports are forecast to contract for the first time in four years in 2019 amid mounting risk factors such as the global economic slowdown, the ongoing trade row between the US and China, the baht’s strength and volatile oil prices.
— Bangkok Post

Kidnapped Thai businessman found by Laotian police
A Thai businessman, who was reported by his family to have been kidnapped for a 5 million baht ransom in Laos since last Friday, has been found by Laotian police.
— Thai PBS News

DiCaprio praises Thai efforts to protect wild tigers
American actor and conservationist Leonardo DiCaprio has praised a major long-term effort by the government of Thailand for the increase in the population of wild tigers at Huai Kha Khaeng Wildlife Sanctuary in Uthai Thani province.
— Bangkok Post

Weatherman warns of tropical depression approaching Thailand
The Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) issued a warning this morning (July 30th) to alert the public of possible impacts from a tropical storm, which is expected to reach Vietnam on August 1st or 2nd.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s chance to match gastronomy with services
It’s mindboggling that the below average level of service that is offered for Thailand’s tourist gastronomic visitors in the F&B (Food and Beverage) industry is being generally accepted.
— Bangkok Post

June factory output falls 5.54% y-o-y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in June fell 5.54% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, rubber products and petroleum, the Industry Ministry said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Dams discharge less water after more rain
The Department of Royal Irrigation has reduced the water discharge from four major dams along the Chao Phraya River Basin, as many areas of Thailand have received more rain.
— Pattaya Mail

State offices and public spaces need to provide better access for the vision impaired
Bangkok’s Governor Aswin Kwanmuang says he will coordinate with related agencies and public parks about making access for the disabled better around the city.
— The Thaiger

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Parina Slams Future Forward MP’s Separation With Series of Commandments
A pro-government MP on Monday posted ten satirical commandments shaming a Future Forward MP’s alleged abuse of his ex-wife, after he gave a rousing parliamentary speech condemning the government’s agricultural policies.
— 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.
— The Thaiger

Rama X Names First Royal Consort in Almost a Century
King Rama X has bestowed a major-general the title of Royal Noble Consort, the first instance of the title being handed down since the end of absolute monarchy.
— Khaosod English

DPM Anutin says commercialization of cannabis will come if medical use is a success
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul said today that commercialization of cannabis for economic benefit would come after the use of medical cannabis has proven to be successful.
— Thai PBS News

Public Holidays in Thailand for 2020
The following are all of the financial market holidays in Thailand during 2020. I’ll add government holidays as and when they are announced.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Lao girl’s escape leads to arrest of sex trafficking suspect
A major suspect in a transnational human trafficking operation has been arrested at a border karaoke bar in Narathiwat, and several Lao girls rescued from the flesh trade.
— Bangkok Post

BoT and banks mulling DSR maximum of 70%
The Bank of Thailand and commercial banks have initially agreed to set a lending guidance by capping a borrower’s debt-service ratio (DSR) at 70% for those earning up to 30,000 baht a month.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana suggests AI robots be used as companions to elderly persons
Thailand’s Princess Ubolratana suggested on Tuesday that robots be made as companions to elderly persons.
— Xinhuanet

Thai police in the Laos capital searching for gold thieves
Khon Kaen provincial police headed over the Laotian border to the Laos capital Vientiane after learning that a pair of Thai gold shop robbers had fled over the border, according to
— The Thaiger

Study shows fewer than half of Thailand’s motorcycle users wear helmets
Despite non-stop campaigning by the government and road safety advocacy organizations since 2011 to get motorcyclists and pillion riders to wear crash helmets, only 45% of motorcycle users wear them.
— Thai PBS News

Govt sets January launch for child, birth benefit plan
The government expects to introduce in January next year the manda pracharath, a new welfare package targeting pregnant women and mothers of small children who are low-income earners.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s border trade rises 1.16 pct year-on-year
The value of Thailand’s border trade increased slightly in the first half of 2019, said the Department of Foreign Trade under the Ministry of Commerce on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s king exempt from taxes on some properties
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn will be exempt from taxes on some of his land, according to a government announcement.
— South China Morning Post

Thailand Offers Persecuted Rohingya Little Hope
Thai Prime Minister Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s racist slurs directed at the Rohingya are bad enough. But they are made even worse because they reflect the Thai government’s cruel policy toward Rohingya asylum seekers who take perilous journeys to escape persecution and serious abuses in Myanmar’s Rakhine State.
— Human Rights Watch

Mike Pompeo set for first visit to Thailand as US looks to renew ties despite junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha retaining grip on power
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin his first visit to Thailand on Thursday as part of a week-long tour of the Indo-Pacific that will include stops in Australia and Micronesia.
— South China Morning Post

Thai startups to capture a major chunk of healthcare market
The medical device market in ASEAN is predicted to be worth US$8.5 billion by 2021, and Thai entrepreneurs want to cut themselves a big slice of the pie.
— BSA (media release)

Woman sets herself on fire
A 32-year-old garment seller poured petrol over her body and set fire to herself outside her house in Muang district on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Russia pledge to expand cooperation
Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai held talks with visiting Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Bangkok on Tuesday, and both sides agreed to expand their cooperation to potential areas.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand: Land of torture?
Recently, Thai authorities confirmed that four more people were killed in a late-night attack by Muslim insurgents on a military outpost in the south.
— The Asean Post

Thailand: PRD to present ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019
The Public Relations Department (PRD) is arranging the ASEAN Friendship Concert 2019 which will present the stories, lifestyles and the arts and culture of member countries on August 3, 2019, at Aksara Theatre.
— Vietnamplus

Bangkok will be Hosting its First Biggest Independent Watch Exhibition
Watch enthusiasts will be thrilled to see what’s in store at the most anticipated event of the year.
— Prestige

Govt seeks forest pass solution to help tigers
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation is in negotiations to reclaim a forest pass from the military in a bid to improve the wildlife habitat in the Western Forest Complex.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut delegates duties to five deputies
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has delegated supervisory duties to his five deputies at the first cabinet meeting of his government.
— Bangkok Post

Four teenagers arrested for attacking police
4 teenagers were arrested and charged on Sunday with attacking 2 policemen in front of a nightclub in the north-east province of Nakhon Phanom, near the banks of the Mekong River.
— The Thaiger

Toon is on the run again for hospitals in the Andaman region
Yesterday (July 30), Atiwara Kongmalai, aka Toon Bodyslam, met with Dr. Supot Pukaoluan, The Director of Krabi Hospital, to discuss about his marathon-running-charity project, Kao Khon La Kao.
— The Thaiger

British and Australian expats and tourists ponder the Thai baht
The British pound continues to sag against the strong Thai Baht. And things are predicted to worsen for British tourists and local expats relying on funds out of the UK, as analysts predict the GBP to drop further as the date approaches for a ‘no deal’ Brexit and the Thai Baht continues to surge.
— The Thaiger

Policeman recovering after parachute jump lands him in overhead electrical wires
A policeman, doing parachute training in Cha-Am, remains in serious condition after a parachute jump last Friday went bad during the landing.
— The Thaiger

His Majesty the King delivers birthday message of unity
Members of the royal family, the Prime Minister, the President of the Parliament and the President of the Constitutional Court conveyed their wishes to His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua at the Amarindra Vinijaya Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace on Sunday, to mark the occasion of His Majesty’s 67th birthday.
— Pattaya Mail

Free rides on MRT Blue Line extension
To celebrate His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 67th birthday on July 28, the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand will offer free services to commuters using its Blue Line extension from Wat Mangkorn station to Tha Phra station between July 29 and September 28, 2019.
— Pattaya Mail

Body of Spanish tourist, David Conesa, recovered from waterfall
The body of 26-year old Spanish tourist, Mr. David Alejandro Rocamudi Conesa, was recovered from rocks near the Na Muang 2 Waterfall in Koh Samui of Surat Thani province on. Tuesday (July 30).
— Thai PBS News


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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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