Thailand morning news for June 11

Thailand morning news for June 11
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Thailand morning newsPrayut gets royal mandate
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reportedly agreed to keep the ministerial post quotas the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) had promised to the Democrat and Bhumjaithai parties, a military source said…
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Sees Threefold Increase In Chinese Companies Looking To Move
Thailand’s Board of Investment said that they have received a threefold increase in the number of applications from Chinese businesses looking to relocate their supply chain to other Asian countries.
— Forbes

First channels go black Aug 16, get B1.18bn
Spring News 19 and Spring 26 (formerly Now 26) will be the first batch of digital TV channels going off the air Aug 16, receiving a combined compensation of almost 1.18 billion baht from the telecom regulator 60 days after shutdown.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, China central banks ink agreement on fintech cooperation
Bank of Thailand (BOT) and People’s Bank of China (PBC) have signed a Fintech Co-operation Agreement to promote innovation in financial services.
— The Star Online

King Power wins another duty-free shop deal
King Power Duty Free Co has won a bid to run duty-free shops at Phuket, Chiang Mai and Hat Yai airports, Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) announced on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Fishing restrictions to return to Thai Gulf
Fishing will be banned in part of the Gulf of Thailand for over three months, or from June to September, to allow marine species to recover their numbers, breed and nurture their young.
— Bangkok Post

Storm clouds gather over economic view
Caught in the crossfire between a trade spat of the world’s superpowers and marred by lacklustre confidence at home, Thailand’s economy faces an uphill task to resuscitate growth in the second half.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut orders fair prices for medicines and medical services
After some private hospitals in Thailand were found to be charging their patients 16,000% higher than the recommended prices, the Ministry of Commerce has announced that it will oversee the issue to alleviate the hardships of patients.

ISOC protects victims of human trafficking
Thai authorities continue tackling human trafficking, though the country has been upgraded to Tier 2 on the US’s Trafficking In Persons report. Measures are focused on the protection of those at risk, particularly children and youths.
— NBT World (video)

Students, scuba divers clean Koh Larn for World Ocean Day
The Royal Thai Navy and Pattaya City Hall hosted a beach and reef cleanup on Koh Larn for World Ocean Day.
— Pattaya Mail

Navy impounds 3 Vietnamese fishing boats
The Royal Thai Navy impounded three Vietnamese fishing boats disguised as Thai vessels to illegally fish the Gulf of Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

IFFO RS focuses on providing assistance to Southeast Asian fisheries at SWSS19
On Wednesday, 12 June, the Marine Ingredients Organization’s Global Standard for Responsible Supply (IFFO RS) aims to spotlight the importance of closer collaboration among regional fisheries’ stakeholders all along the seafood supply chain during a 2019 SeaWeb Seafood Summit session.
— SeafoodSource

MOPH on alert for possible Chikungunya outbreak
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) has asked related agencies to monitor the situation of the Chikungunya infection after 14 students and teachers from Singapore contracted the illness after visiting Ratchaburi.
— Pattaya Mail

TDRI urges cheap fares for new rail routes
The Thailand Development Research Institute (TDRI) is studying how electric train fares could be adjusted along new routes to ensure fairness and affordability to all commuters.
— Bangkok Post

Elderly market proves lucrative
With the number of elderly in Thailand increasing, business leaders from various companies such as Siam Cement Group (SCG) and Dusit Thani Plc are looking to ventures in fields related to the ageing population,…
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Aims to Turn the Group’s Meetings into a Model of Sustainability
As the 2019 Chairman of ASEAN, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations, the Kingdom of Thailand is rallying support for a raft of initiatives to promote better stewardship of our planet and its resources.
— PR Newswire

PharmaCyte Biotech CEO in Thailand to Oversee Production of Final Clinical Trial Material for IND Submission
PharmaCyte Biotech, Inc. (PMCB), a clinical stage biotechnology company focused on developing targeted cellular therapies for cancer and diabetes using its signature live-cell encapsulation technology, Cell-in-a-Box®, today announced that its Chief Executive Officer, Kenneth L. Waggoner, and his team are now in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Yahoo News

MOPH on alert for possible Chikungunya outbreak
The Department of Disease Control has asked related agencies to monitor Chikungunya infections after 14 students and teachers from Singapore contracted the illness after visiting Ratchaburi province.
— NBT World (video)

Dusit to add up to 7 hotels
Dusit Thani Plc has committed to investment expansion this year with a plan to add 5-7 new hotels abroad over the second half of 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Sontirat says policies more important than cabinet seat allocations
The Palang Pracharat party will hold talks with its coalition partners on government formation, but will attach more importance to the implementation of key policies of all the coalition parties…
— Thai PBS News

Police to probe Future Forward spokeswoman’s controversial pictorial post
Police are to look into the Facebook and Instagram pages of Future Forward spokeswoman Pannika “Chor” Wanich to find out if she posted any text messages or images which are…
— Thai PBS News

Chumphon, Ranong rail project stalls
The Comptroller General’s Department has put the double-track rail project from Chumphon to Ranong on hold due to concerns about its economic viability, according to a source at the State Railway of Thailand (SRT).
— Bangkok Post

Fishermen warn of mass protest if sea fishing banned off Nakhon Si Thammarat province
Local fishermen in Thailand’s southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat warned today of mass protests against the provincial governor if he fails to come to their rescue and allow them to fish legally in the seas off the provincial coast, after they were harassed by fishery officials.
— Thai PBS News

21 undocumented Burmese migrants found in Songkhla, alleged Thai trafficker arrested
A Thai man has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle 21 undocumented Burmese migrants from Thailand’s south across the border into Malaysia.
— The Thaiger

Private sector waits for new economic ministers to raise investor confidence
The private sector says they’re waiting to see the new ministers emerge from the current negotiations that will be in charge of economic portfolios, who may raise the confidence of investors.
— The Thaiger

Dengue situation in Thailand’s Northeast likely to worsen this year
Dengue fever in Thailand’s northeastern region is likely to become more serious this year, particularly in Nakhon Ratchasima province where more than 1,400 people have been diagnosed as suffering from the mosquito-borne disease and in Ubon Ratchathani, where over 2,000 people have fallen sick and eight have died.
— Thai PBS News

Another weapons cache found in Sisaket
Police have found more war weapons located about four kilometers away from a similar but larger cache discovered earlier in Sisaket province.
— Pattaya Mail

Populism hits plan to rein in fiscal red ink
The Finance Ministry is likely to delay its balanced budget goal if the new government strictly pursues populist campaign promises, says a senior official at the Fiscal Policy Office (FPO).
— Bangkok Post

Trina to supply 155MW of modules for Thai Solar’s plant in Japan
Chinese PV manufacturer Trina Solar has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Thailand-based developer Thai Solar Energy to be the exclusive supplier of solar modules for a 155MW solar plant in Onikobe, Japan.

Doi Inthanon National Park closed for rainy season
Doi Inthanon National Park has announced the closure of Kiew Mae Pan Nature Trail to restore the ecosystem and prevent accidents during the rainy season.
— NBT World (video)

CNN’s ‘Click Culture’: exploring Thailand’s technological revolution
In a special 30-minute program, CNN’s ‘Click Culture’ examines Thailand’s grand ambitions to become a technology hub for the region.
— Asia One

Thailand welcomes relocation from China and Japan
The Thai government has ordered the Board of Investment (BoI) to actively attract foreign investors who plan to move out of China, especially Japanese ones hit by the US – China trade war.
— Thailand Business News

Guangdong, Thailand sign key agreements
Thailand and China’s Guangdong province have agreed to cooperate at all levels, including investment, trade, tourism, education and science and technology development.
— Bangkok Post

Small parties isolate Mongkolkit
Ten one-MP parties have shown signs of a rift after eight of them on Monday did not show up at a meeting aranged by a member to discuss their cabinet seats.
— Bangkok Post

Embattled Future Forward spokeswoman gets overwhelming online support
The #Savepannika hashtag has topped Thailand’s Twitter chart today as online supporters of Future Forward party spokeswoman and party-list MP Pannika “Chor” Wanich showered her with moral support.
— Thai PBS News

Democrats say, as far as they’re concerned, nothing has changed
“Everything is OK. There have been no changes to ministry portfolios. The Democrat seats in Cabinet are secure.”
— The Thaiger

Evacuation plan for downtown Ratchaburi during disposal of WWII bombs
People living in the “danger zone”, soon to be declared in Thailand’s central province of Ratchaburi, will be evacuated to facilitate the disposal of seven World War Two bombs, which were recently discovered during the construction of the first stage of the Nakhon Pathom-Chumporn railway.
— Thai PBS News

NESDC approves B15.4bn outlay
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has approved investment plans of the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) and the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) worth a combined 15.4 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

‘Phoenix’ fails to attract any bidders at auction. Sits rotting in Phuket boatyard.
Last month’s auction to sell Phoenix, the tour boat that capsized causing the drowning of 47 Chinese tourists on July 5 last year, has failed to secure a buyer. Meanwhile the cursed vessel sits gathering dust and accumulating storage fees of 100,000 baht per month at the Rassada boat yard in Phuket.
— The Thaiger

SeaWeb 2019: Technology not enough to guarantee migrant fisher safety, group fears
Thailand is playing host to four days of seminars and workshops covering economic, policy, social and environmental factors to improve ocean health and sustainability.
— Undercurrent News

PH lags behind Thailand, Malaysia in college student population despite free tuition law
Despite the full implementation of Republic Act 10931 or the Free College Education Law, the Philippines still lags behind other countries in terms of the number of students enrolled in higher education institutions (HEIs), Commission on Higher Education (CHED) chairperson J. Prospero de Vera said on Saturday.

Thailand takes measures to prevent African swine fever
The Thai government has decided to spend 148 million baht (US$4.7 million) on precautionary measures to protect domestic pork business, though there has been no sign of the disease in the country.
— sggpnews

Thailand Travel Mart Plus reports 340 buyers from 51 countries
Thailand’s leading annual B2B travel show, is being held under the theme of ‘New Shades of Emerging Destinations’ as part of the TAT strategy to promote 55 provincial destinations which are already popular with domestic tourists and increasingly preferable by international visitors.
— Thailand Business News

Interior Ministry arranging OTOP Midyear 2019 : OTOP Signature
The Ministry of the Interior is to present OTOP Midyear 2019 : OTOP Signature to stimulate the economy and increase marketing channels for entrepreneurs.

Phuket tramway design to be finalised next week
Design of tramway track construction in Phuket is likely to be concluded by next week, Deputy Transport Minister Pailin Chuchottaworn said, as a dispute over how the rail structure will be laid is close to being settled.
— The Phuket News

Contractors ‘to blame for floods’
Firebrand activist Srisuwan Janya is likely to lodge complaints with the police against several district chiefs, contractors hired to build dams and housing projects along the Lat Phrao Canal for causing floods on Friday.
— The Phuket News

Power outages scheduled for Thalang
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang branch has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Thalang tomorrow and Wednesday (June 11-12) as works are carried out on high-voltage cables.
— The Phuket News

Injured bottlenose dolphin rescued at Thai Muang
An injured bottlenose dolphin has been taken into care after being rescued at Thai Muang Beach, north of Phuket, over the weekend.
— The Phuket News

Bangkok to remake blighted canal into bucolic, prostitute-free British countryside (Interactive)
An old-quarter canal teeming with street prostitutes will be remade in the likeness of pastoral British countryside at the wish of the junta leader and prime minister-select.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Thai police crack down on wireless microphones, confiscating millions of baht of goods
The Thai government, along with the police, raided a warehouse in Nonthaburi late Monday, June 10th, 2019 and confiscated over 50 million baht of wireless microphones.
— The Pattaya News

Quotes of the Week
“These ministries are not being traded, but the choice of a suitable minister must be such that there cannot be accusations that the appointment benefits a company.”
— Thai PBS News

Taking care of intellectual property generated by employees
Intellectual property (IP), such as trademarks, copyrighted works, designs, inventions and trade secrets, is a valuable asset for many companies.
— Bangkok Post

Garbage piles up on S. Pattaya soi
South Pattaya residents are complaining that the city has ignored growing piles of garbage outside Soi Penpak Village. The development off South Road has been the subject of countless photos posted to Facebook with trash strewn along both sides of the street.
— Pattaya Mail

Chula’s royally-planted 57-year-old Chamchuri tree felled in Friday’s storms
On Chulalongkorn University’s Facebook page on Saturday (June 8th) it was announced that a rain tree or “Chamchuri”, a 57-year-old symbol of the university, was felled by the strong winds…
— 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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