Thailand morning news for March 19

Thailand morning news for March 19
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The world record Chiang Mai would gladly relinquish
Chiang Mai had no problem on Monday maintaining its World No 1 ranking as the most polluted city on the planet, scoring a 241 in air quality index (AQI) at
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand delays trans-Pacific FTA application
Thailand will delay its application to join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement until after next Sunday’s election, a Commerce Ministry official said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC targets batteries in wearables
The telecom regulator is considering measures to govern quality standards for batteries in wearable devices and Internet of Things (IoT) items in order to prevent consumer harm.
— Bangkok Post

Prejudice leaves stateless people lying in limbo in Thailand
Minorities and stateless people are constantly stigmatised as ‘outsiders’ in Thailand. Hundreds of thousands are falling through the cracks in the system when they could be contributing to Thailand’s ageing labour force.
— TRT World

Thailand to continue crackdown on human trafficking
Thailand is continuing to crack down on human trafficking rings nationwide, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan was quoted as saying on Monday.
— Xinhua

Election Commission reports 86 % turnout in early voting
As many as 86.98 per cent of the 2.6 million registered early voters nation-wide turned up to cast their votes yesterday with only few minors hiccups reported in Thailand’s first general election in almost eight years, according to the Election Commission.
— Thai PBS News

Pavillions for royal coronation to be completed this month
The pavillions for the Royal Coronation of His Majesty King Rama the Tenth are expected to be finished within this month.
— NBT World (video)

Navy SEALs re-enter Tham Luang Cave in equipment retrieval operation
Thai Navy SEALs on Monday re-entered the Tham Luang Cave complex – which had captured the international limelight last year during one of the world’s most intriguing and tense life-saving operations – to retrieve equipment used in the rescue operation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thai Air Force sends cloud seeding planes to 11 provinces
The Royal Thai Air Force has sent cloud-seeding planes to 11 drought-stricken provinces across Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Billionaire-turned-politician Thanathorn to put assets into blind trust
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit announced today that he would place all his personal assets into a “blind trust” to set an ethical standard for political office holders in Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

Cherng Talay to be hit with mains water supply shut-off
The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) announced today that the water supply will be shut off parts of Cherng Talay from tomorrow (Mar 19) until the end of the month.
— The Phuket News

Court to rule on Premchai poaching case tomorrow
The Thong Phaphume provincial court in Thailand’s western province of Kanchanaburi is scheduled to deliver its long-awaited verdict in the illegal hunting case in which a billionaire Thai construction tycoon is charged with killing protected species.
— Thai PBS News

Navigating ASEAN additive regulations: Dupont receives Thai FDA approval for microbe-based food preservative
Dupont Nutrition and Health has received regulatory approval in Thailand for its microbe-based shelf-life extension product, some five years after it was first submitted for registration.
— FoodNavigator-Asia

Airports of Thailand postpones duty free auction to address monopoly concerns
Airports of Thailand PCL (AOT) will postpone the auction for its biggest duty-free concession by as much as two weeks to address public concern about the process’ perceived monopolistic structure, its president said on Monday.
— Reuters

North continues to reel under smog
Bangkok airways fleet grounded as Mae Hong Son blinded by haze.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Woman Allowed to Mark 17 Votes ‘By Mistake,’ Official Says
An election official said Monday a voter in Samut Songkhram province was allowed to mark 17 ballot papers on her own due to a misunderstanding at the polling station.
— Khaosod English

Some provinces to experience severe drought
The Governor of Khon Kaen has said that, despite the early drought, the province will have enough water for public consumption.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s stock exchange to launch SET Well-Being Index on April 1
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) will launch SET Well-Being Index (SETWB), a new index consisting of listed securities in well-being related sectors which are key contributors of the Thai economic growth, according to a statement on its website released on Monday.
— Xinhua

Interior minister briefed on preparation for water consecration
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda on Saturday was briefed on 25 provinces’ preparation for the collection of holy water to be used for the royal coronation ceremony.
— NBT World (video)

PM urges political parties to do away with unachievable policies
The Prime Minister has urged politicians to avoid promoting unachievable policies, as political parties ramp up their campaigning ahead the polling date on March 24th.
— NBT World (video)

Army: Privates can freely cast their votes
The Spokesman for the Royal Thai Army (RTA), Col. Winthai Suwari, has confirmed that all privates can freely cast their votes.

Land Transport Dept kicks off pre-Songkran inspections of public buses and their drivers
The Land Transport Department has started inspecting the drivers and condition of public transport vehicles at bus stations ahead of the long Songkran Festival holiday period in mid-April.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Power outage to hit Cherng Talay
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Thalang office has announced that the electricity supply will be shut off in Cherng Talay on Friday (Mar 22) as works are carried out on installing new high-voltage power cables.
— The Phuket News

National PWA Governor visits Phuket over failing water supply
The national Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) Governor has quietly visited Phuket in person and urged the local PWA office to solve the island’s drought problems and to come up with a plan of how to continue supplying water needed by April 1.
— The Phuket News

Analysis: Pheu Thai camp tones down ambitions
The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai Party was aiming for the sky until it shot itself in the foot with the dissolution of its political off-shoot Thai Raksa Chart.
— Thai PBS News

King Power’s duty free monopoly under review
King Power Duty Free’s monopoly of duty free concessions at some of Thailand’s busiest airports may be coming to an end.
— The Thaiger

As digital financial services grow, DeeMoney leads the way
Digital transactions in Thailand are rising significantly, data from the Bank of Thailand shows. Mobile and internet payments were up 83 percent in 2018 from 2016, while fund transfers through traditional channels – branches and ATMs – sank.
— Bangkok Post

Campaigners are overlooking threats to children and youth, say NGOs
NON-GOVERNMENTAL organisations (NGOs) are unhappy that political parties vying to form a government after the election are failing to pay adequate attention to the needs of children and youth.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

PCD admits severity of forest fire situation
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has admitted that the forest fire situation has been severe due to many factors so far this year but confirmed that solutions to the problems are underway.
— Pattaya Mail

Wastewater runs freely into sea off Krabi’s Ao Nang Beach
The Krabi provincial government appears to be attempting a band-aid solution to stop wastewater from running freely onto one of the most popular beaches in the region.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Opening ceremony of second Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge in Mae Sot prepared
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith visited Tak Special Economic Zone in Mae Sot district to view preparations for the opening ceremony of a second Thailand-Myanmar Friendship Bridge.
— Pattaya Mail

More Election Blunders Reported as Scores Flock to Vote Early
Election officials were under fire for several cases of alleged mismanagement during the weekend’s early voting, which included providing wrong ballots and missing candidate information.
— Khaosod English

Prayuth Shows Suave Side in Latest Campaign Video
Less than a week before elections, Gen. Prayuth released a calm campaign video backed by a soft-rock audio track.
— Khaosod English

Wasting away to make energy
Many private companies in the Thai renewable energy field are pleased with the new version of the national power development plan (PDP) for 2018-37.
— Bangkok Post

Laboring Woman, Fugitive, Disabled: All Head for Early Voting
Among more than 2.6 million registered voters nationwide who cast advanced ballots Sunday are a fugitive who disguised himself with a wig, a woman about to enter labor and people sensitive to air pollution.
— Khaosod English

Samut Songkhram or Samut Sakhon? Ask the EC chief
Sunday’s advance voting was the first election to be overseen by the Election Commission (EC) chief, Ittiporn Boonpracong, who is a diplomat by profession and was once an ambassador to the Netherlands and Kenya.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Provinces in upper parts of country warned of summer storms
The Northern Meteorological Center has warned provinces in the upper parts of Thailand to be cautious of weather conditions due to summer storms until 19 March.
— Pattaya Mail

DFT inspects factories producing goods to be exported to US
The Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) has rigorously inspected factories to prevent them from using false country of origin labels on products exported to the United States, particularly goods under the US trade countermeasures.

Early voting goes smoothly on Sunday across provinces
Advance voting went smoothly on Sunday, according to the election organizer, as Thailand gears up for the March 24 election.
— NBT World (video)

Campaigners short on concrete environmental plans, say critics
THE PARTIES campaigning for votes in next Sunday’s election are not presenting sufficiently concrete |policies to protect the environment, specialists have noted.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

DLD Senior Managements Praises VIV Asia 2019 for Bringing the Top Agriculture Innovations to Thailand
Dr. Soravit Taneeto, DVM, Director-General of the Department of Livestock Development (DLD) and Dr.Somchuan Ratanamungklanon, DVM, Deputy Director General, have commended VIV Asia 2019 for showcasing latest technologies from industry leaders across the world, enhancing agricultural knowledge for Thai agriculture companies.
— Khaosod English


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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