Thailand morning news for June 27

Thailand morning news for June 27
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41 percent of vegetables in Thai markets exceed contamination standards
Pesticide watchdog Thai-PAN has today (Wednesday) published its most recent survey, which reveals that 41% of all vegetables in Thailand’s fresh markets are contaminated with chemical pesticides to a level that exceeds internationally acceptable standards.
— Thai PBS World

Constitutional Court takes cases against 32 govt MPs; no suspension
The Constitutional Court on Wednesday accepted petitions against 32 government MPs who are accused by the opposition of breaching the charter’s rule on shareholdings in media firms, but did not suspend the MPs.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand orders phone users in Muslim-majority south to submit photos
An order for mobile phone users in Thailand’s restive south to submit a photo of themselves for facial recognition purposes is causing uproar from opponents who see it as further curtailing the rights of the Muslim-majority population.
— The Independent

Bhumjaithai MP defends qualification
Bhumjaithai Party MP Weerasak Wangsupakitkosol has insisted he is a qualified candidate for a cabinet post, in the wake of reports that suggest his name were among the list of nominees which were rejected by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Bangkok Post

Thai industrial developers reap spoils of US-China trade war
Leading industrial estate developers in Thailand are expanding sales to Chinese manufacturers as more companies relocate production from China to the Southeast Asian nation to avoid U.S. tariffs.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

GPO constructs new pharmaceutical production factory
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) has constructed a new standardized pharmaceutical production factory which will help Thai people access essential medicines and reduce the quantity of imports from abroad.
— NBT World (video)

Prawit wants ‘fake news’ crackdown
The Defence Ministry and armed forces have been told by Deputy Prime Minister and Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to take legal action to curb the spread of so-called “fake news” and information online.
— Bangkok Post

Somkid: Second-half boost for economy
Accelerated investment by the new government is expected to shore up the economy and help GDP grow at a faster pace in the latter half of the year, according to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

Retribution: Pattaya police chief transferred, foreign bar owners deported
Pattaya’s police chief has been transferred, the foreign bar owners are being deported and will be blacklisted.
— The Thaiger

Govt denies debt help ‘fake’
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said that the deputy leader of the Democrat Party, Nipit Intarasombat, must take responsibility for comments, which alleged the government’s assistance to loan-shark victims was “fake”.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai MPs propose establishment of ministry of rice
Pheu Thai’s MP for Lopburi, Udomsak Bualuangngam, and colleagues today (Wednesday) proposed an urgent motion for the House of Representatives to set up an extraordinary committee to consider the establishment of a ministry of rice, claiming that rice farming is still the main lifeline and occupation of more than half of the Thai population.
— Thai PBS World

13 awards given to research, innovation science projects
The Thailand Science and Research Innovation (TSRI) on Wednesday gave awards to 13 research and innovation projects, among them a shirt that can tell a person’s health condition from body smell, and a computer 3-D model that can help restore historic sites.
— Bangkok Post

Central bank holds key rate, cuts 2019 growth, export outlook
Thailand’s central bank held its benchmark interest rate steady for a fourth straight meeting on Wednesday, as widely expected, while cutting its forecast for economic growth and predicting no increase in exports this year.
— Bangkok Post

TAT chief blames high baht for drop in tourists to Thailand
Thailand’s tourism numbers have been dropping over the past three months, against projections and when compared to year-on-year figures.
— The Thaiger

New law in Thailand risks drawing an avalanche of plastic waste
Thai environmentalists are pressing Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha to slow the enactment of a law they say could create a loophole in monitoring pollution and result in Thailand importing more plastic waste from abroad.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Phuket in the Top Ten list of Best Places to Visit
Paris topped the US News list of the World’s Best Places to Visit, Phuket gets into the top 10 destinations this year.
— The Thaiger

CAT tasked with expanding Thai internet infrastructure
Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society (DE) Ministry has disbursed five billion baht ($162.7 million) for the upgrade and development of Thailand’s internet infrastructure towards helping the country achieve its goal of becoming the digital hub of Asean.
— Phnom Penh Post

PTT abandons rail project
PTT Plc, the SET-listed national oil and gas conglomerate, has scrapped its plan to become a joint partner with the bidding winner of the 224-billion-baht high-speed railway linking three airports, saying it lacks expertise in such megaprojects.
— Bangkok Post

Council says tourism on track despite headwinds
Thailand’s tourism growth is on track, with the number of international arrivals set to reach 9 million in the second quarter of 2019 despite several negative factors, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Numtarn’s sinus TB can’t be spread
The Public Health Ministry insists the rare form of tuberculosis that caused the fatal bleeding which led to the death of 28-year-old singer Butsaran Thongchiew, aka Numtarn The Star 5, is a non-transmissible disease.
— Bangkok Post

Sereepisuth won’t take rap for ‘ya ice’ scandal
Seri Ruam Thai Party leader Sereepisuth Temeeyaves rejected suggestions on Thursday that he should be held responsible for one of his party members being arrested for drug trafficking.
— Bangkok Post

Govt reform push ‘window-dressing’
Opposition parties have slammed the military-backed government for failing to clarify how its national reform plans will benefit people after spending more than 1.7 billion baht drafting them over the past five years.
— Bangkok Post

Rare form of TB killed singer
A form of tuberculosis caused the rare and fatal bleeding of late 28-year-old singer Numtarn The Star 5, the management of Siriraj Hospital said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post notes 450-fold surge in sales in Thailand during ‘618’ shopping spree
Daily active users (DAUs) across Chinese e-commerce sites rose 48% year-on-year during the ‘618’ shopping festival, which runs during the first 18 days of June, according to QuestMobile data shared with 36Kr.
— KrAsia

EGAT successfully uses 160,000 tons of crude palm oil
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has achieved its goal of raising the prices of oil palm, through the campaign to use palm oil to produce electricity.
— NBT World (video)

Qualifications of would be ministers being examined
The qualifications of candidates for ministerial positions are now being thoroughly examined.
— NBT World (video)

PRD holds public relations network seminar
The Public Relations Department (PRD)’s Foreign Office has organized a seminar to promote cooperation among media network and advocate positive images of Thailand in the international community.
— NBT World (video)

Health and beauty businesses remain the most active this year
SMEs Sang Archeep magazine has revealed that the most interesting SME business this year is still the health-and-beauty-related business.
— NBT World (video)

Online lottery to be decided in July
The Government Lottery Office (GLO) board will make a decision on whether or not lottery tickets will be sold online within one month.
— NBT World (video)

One nation, many religions: Thailand needs to fully embrace its diversity
Like many places in Southeast Asia, Thailand is home to varied religious traditions.
— Asean Today

Thailand Presents Skincare Products Made from Thai Rice Extracts
The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand, has introduced a project called “Think RICE, Think THAILAND” to encourage international community to pay attention to consumer health and to raise awareness on the national crop by providing a wider range of knowledge about Thai rice.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

IKEA launches eCommerce site in Thailand
IKEA Thailand has launched an eCommerce platform to meet the changing lifestyles of modern shoppers who spend a considerable amount of time online.
— Marketing Interactive

Thailand orders phone users in Muslim-majority south to submit photos
An order for mobile phone users in Thailand’s restive south to submit a photo of themselves for facial recognition purposes is causing uproar from opponents who see it as further curtailing the rights of the Muslim-majority population.
— The Jakarta Post

International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking
The 26th June of every year is the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.

Deputy premier confirms granting of more land title deeds
The deputy premier confirmed that more land title deeds are being handed back to those indebted to informal money lenders.

Ride the Chao Phraya, tour Bangkok museums with one handy pass
Ride the mighty Chao Phraya River all day or evening and visit any of 55 cultural establishments with one pass now on sale.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Gov’t Giveaway? Telecoms to use public fibernet to bring Wi-Fi to rural Thais
Thailand’s mission to become a full-fledged broadband nation by year’s end is well underway, but corporations and the government may come out ahead of the public.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Govt pushes ‘economic zones’ for defence
The government is planning new “special economic zones” aimed at better supporting Thailand’s defence technology industry.
— Bangkok Post

MPs Can Borrow Watches, Anti-Graft Officials Rule
Yes, it’s okay for politicians to borrow ultraluxury watches from friends and not list them in transparency filings, the anti-corruption agency said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

MRT extensions to open up new opportunities
Nine years after construction started, the dates for the first test runs of two extensions to the MRT Dark Blue Line have finally been set.
— Bangkok Post

Thammasat University, Pattaya campus launches project “lakeside premier complex” and builds full-service nursing home for elderly
Thammasat University, Pattaya Campus promotes the area into medical hub, EEC and starts launching project ‘Lakeside Premier Complex’.

Computer sellers see surge in gaming PCs
Thailand is seeing intense competition in gaming computer vendors, fuelled by the popularity of e-sports and the high-end machines required to run games smoothly.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to release regulations for IoT devices by end-2019
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has set up a committee to develop two out of the five categories of regulatory frameworks for IoT connected devices,
— telcompaper

Department of Mineral Resources on landslide watch
Mr. Montri Luengingkasoot, deputy director-general of Thailand’s, Department of Mineral Resources (DMR), reported today (Wednesday) that the Geo-Hazards Operation Center is keeping a close watch on situations which may lead to landslides in risky areas across the country, especially in the North.
— Thai PBS World

PM to attend G20 Summit 2019 in Japan
This week, the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, will attend the G20 Osaka Summit 2019 in Japan to share the results of the 34th Asean Summit and discuss the region’s role with the G20 leaders.

PM Prayut, JETRO Bangkok discuss investment, industrial promotion
The incoming President of the Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) Bangkok, Atsushi Taketani, paid a courtesy call on the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, at Government House this week, with both officials looking forward to strengthening bilateral cooperation between Thailand and Japan.

Ministry urges unis to control hazing rites
The Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation has warned universities nationwide to strictly regulate their annual initiation rites for freshmen or so-called rab nong ceremonies and ban all activities which can cause harm to students.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand eyes measures to curb hot money
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) is set to implement measures to curb hot money following the baht’s rapid gain.
— Bangkok Post

75 tonnes of marijuana and Kratom destroyed in Nakhon Phanom
8.4 tonnes of marijuana and 67.3 tonnes of kratom leaves have been destroyed by Nakhon Phanom provincial administration officials in a ceremony to mark the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking.
— The Thaiger

Andaman sea provinces hold Tsunami drills
Bangkok – The Ministry of the Interior joined forces with related sectors to hold Tsunami evacuation and rescue drills in six southern provinces facing the Andaman Sea on 24th-25th June 2019.
— Pattaya Mail

PCD holds event encouraging better wastewater management
Bangkok – The Pollution Control Department (PCD) held an event to solve the current national wastewater issue, joining forces with some 400 government agencies.
— Pattaya Mail

Cabinet approves Ban Mankong funding; BMTA plan
Nattaporn Jatusripitak, an adviser to the Office of the Prime Minister, said after the weekly cabinet meeting yesterday that the cabinet has approved a proposal to raise the subsidy for each household under the Ban Makong (Secure Housing) scheme from 80,000 baht to 89,800 baht per year.

Surachate’s appointment to police panel reversed amid pressure
The Police Commission has resolved to remove sacked immigration chief Surachate Hakparn from a police sub-committee following mounting pressure.
— Bangkok Post

More arrests in B40m drug seizure
Two suspects were arrested on Wednesday in connection with the seizure of 600,000 speed pills and some 10kg of crystal methamphetamine in Uttaradit province late last week, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Police Won’t Say Why Charges Against Pro-Junta Politico Expired
Police commanders on Wednesday declined to explain why they failed to arrest a pro-junta politician before insurrection charges against him expired.
— Khaosod English

Military courts set for overhaul
The Defence Ministry has launched a project to upgrade military courts nationwide to boost public confidence in them.
— Bangkok Post

Vegan Pork to Launch in China and Thailand
Vegan pork products Omnipork and Omnimince by Right Treat, will expand to Thailand and China by the end of the year.
— VegNews

Mains water supply to be cut in Cherng Talay and Kamala
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that the mains water supply will be shut off in parts of Cherng Talay and Kamala on Thursday (June 27) due to necessary pipe repairs on Soi Hat Surin 4.
— The Phuket News

Rescue team delivers baby girl in tuk-tuk stuck in Phuket traffic jam
Rawai rescue workers stuck in a traffic jam in Phuket Town this morning (June 26) had an unexpected call to provide assistance when a tuk-tuk driver jumped in front of their ambulance, asking them to help a woman give birth in the back of his tuk-tuk.
— The Phuket News

Pattaya’s new top cop who declared it ‘prostitute free’ loses job over teen sex worker
Three weeks after proudly declaring Pattaya’s red-light district prostitution-free, the coastal town’s acting police chief lost his job after a raid turned up a teen girl being sold for sex.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Decade-Old Ban on Claw Machines Finally Enforced
A ban on claw machine games is finally being enforced, more than a decade after the Supreme Court ruled they are illegal gambling machines.
— Khaosod English

University students take part in 2019 Careers@Hilton Week
Hilton Pattaya took part in Careers @Hilton Week, an annual global career event showcasing the many opportunities available in the hospitality industry for young job seekers.
— Pattaya Mail

Neighbours demand officials get rid of noisy and smelly birds in Hua Hin
PSoldiers, police and environmentalists in central Prachuap Khiri Khan headed to a three storey property following up complaints that the building was being harvest ‘birds nests’ for Chinese restaurants.
— The Thaiger

Blood drive at Mike’s Shopping Mall
Mike Shopping Mall hosted a blood drive recently dedicated to HM the late King Rama IX.
— Pattaya Mail


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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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