Thailand morning news for May 2

Thailand morning news for May 2
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Thailand’s king appoints his consort as queen
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn, who will have his official coronation on Saturday, has appointed his consort as the country’s queen.
— AP

Future Forward repeats demand for poll re-run in Nakhon Pathom
Refusing to accept defeat in Nakhon Pathom’s confused Constituency One election, allegedly caused by vote count flip-flopping, the Future Forward party has reiterated its demand for an election re-run to…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to negotiate compensation pay with Hopewell Co. for aborted rail project
The Thai government plans to negotiate a mega-billion-baht compensation pay with Hong Kong construction firm Hopewell for an elevated rail project, which was scrapped over two decades ago, said Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith late on Tuesday.

PM orders security agencies tighten up measures during Ramadan
A meeting of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has resolved that 62 of its orders that have been issued since 2014 will be made into law.

27 parties likely to benefit from EC list-totting method
A total of 27 parties should receive at least one party-list MP based on the Election Commission’s (EC) calculation method, according to a source at the poll agency.
— Bangkok Post

Egat seeks to tackle unstable generation
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is proceeding with development of its power generation system to make it more flexible to tackle unsteady power generation from renewable energy.
— Bangkok Post

Supreme Court orders 6 insurers to pay 100 million baht to SET for riot damage
Thailand’s Supreme Court has ordered six insurance companies to pay the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET), Thailand Securities Depository and Family Knowhow Company 100 million baht in total compensation for…
— Thai PBS News

Single account scheme attracts 24,000 SMEs
Some 24,000 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) have already signed up to sort out their financial accounts from 2016-17, meeting standards to avoid late payment penalties and criminal liability, says the chief of the Revenue Department.
— Bangkok Post

BPH warns about heatstroke
Bangkok Hospital Pattaya doctors warned the public about the risk of heatstroke during Thailand’s sweltering heatwave.
— Pattaya Mail

Future bright for workers, PM says
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains bullish on the future of Thai workers, stressing how the unemployment rate is below 1%.
— Bangkok Post

China, Thailand to hold joint naval training
China and Thailand’s naval forces will hold their joint training, code-named Blue Commando-2019, starting on Thursday.
— Xin Hua

His Majesty marries Suthida and names her Queen, days before coronation
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn announced earlier this evening that he has married his bodyguard, Gen. Suthida Vajiralongkorn na Ayudhya, and named her Queen Suthida, just days before the Royal Coronation this weekend. …
— The Thaiger

Food poisoning cases increase as temps rise
The Pattaya Public Health Department warned people to be extra cautious during the hot season due to the higher risk of food poisoning.
— Pattaya Mail

EC confident poll results will be announced by May 9
Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) is confident that it will be able to announce, in the Royal Gazette, the official results of the March 24th general election by May 9th, the…
— Thai PBS News

Hot season sends power consumption hitting record high
Consumption of electricity during the current hot season has hit a record high in many provinces.
— Pattaya Mail

Amended Act lures competition
The amended Securities and Exchange Act of 2019 will change Thailand’s capital market landscape by inducing greater competition through new market participants and scripless securities issuance, says the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET).
— Bangkok Post

Private sector’s export forecast darkens
The first quarter’s weak economic performance has prompted the private sector to take a dimmer export view, predicting the country’s overall shipments may grow just 2.1% this year.
— Bangkok Post

PM: HM King’s Coronation preparations near completion
Prime Minister Prayut says he has been notified that all preparations for His Majesty the King’s coronation are near completion.

Fishing crew release Manta rays after getting snared in their nets
A fishing boat has released two giant Manta rays, tangled in its nets, back to the Andaman Sea off Phang Nga’s Kura Buri.
— The Thaiger

Pheu Thai party demands EC disband Palang Pracharat party
The pro-Thaksin Pheu Thai party is demanding that the Election Commission (EC) disband the pro-Prayut Palang Pracharat party on the grounds that an executive committee member of the party is…
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet endorses 13.2 billion baht giveaways for welfare card holders
The Thai Cabinet has approved 13.2 billion baht in handouts for low income-earners, including parents with children still in school, farmers and disabled people, under the welfare card program.
— Thai PBS News

Upper Southern provinces being warned about dengue spread
“The number of patients is expected to rise as rain has begun falling in some southern provinces.”
— The Thaiger

TAT-Alipay pact aims to lure Chinese
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has teamed up with mobile payment platform Alipay of Ant Financial Services Group, an affiliate of Alibaba Group Holding, to facilitate Alipay members while they visit Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Tax perks add property
Tax deductions of up to 200,000 baht will be offered for buyers of homes and condos worth up to 5 million baht as part of the new economic stimulus measures.
— Bangkok Post

Australian Navy takes Patong Beach by storm
Visitors at Patong Beach yesterday morning were treated to a welcome surprise as Royal Australian Navy (RAN) landing craft, including two amphibious vehicles, made their way onto the beach. The mission was to deliver a huge store of much needed life-saving equipment to Patong’s lifeguards.
— The Phuket News

Court upholds suspended jail term for ex-Democrat Sirichok
The Appeal Court has upheld a lower court ruling to give a suspended two-year jail term to former Democrat MP Sirichok Sopha, and fine him 100,000 baht, for defaming the late owner of Landmark Hotel.
— Bangkok Post

Thousands fill temple for free durian
Wat Tha Mai, in Krathum Ban district of Thailand’s coastal province of Samut Sakhon, was jam packed with people who flocked to the temple this morning (Wednesday), not to pay…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s first Rabies death for the year
The first death from rabies this year was in Surin, north of Thailand. The Public Relation Department today reported that Dr. Suwannachai Wattanaying- Charoenchai, Director-General of the Department of Disease Control says, “We were notified that a 32 year old man in Surin has …
— The Thaiger

Public transport arrangements for people attending royal coronation
NNT For people attending the royal coronation ceremony, especially on May 5, 2019, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) will provide air-conditioned shuttle buses for 11 routes while the Purple and Blue Line MRT and Airport Link will provide free service throughout the day.
— The Thaiger

TV Pool tests signals for live broadcasts of coronation ceremonies
Television Pool of Thailand has tested all the equipment arrayed for the live broadcast of the coronation ceremonies that will go out to viewers in Thailand and the world.
— Pattaya Mail

Drought hits southern region, might affect community hospitals
The drought situation has hit the southern region and might affect seven community hospitals in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province where tap water in the city municipality area can only be maintained from water reserves until the middle of May.
— Pattaya Mail

Phuket’s recent rains allow PWA to restore mains pressure around the island
The Chief of Phuket’s Provincial Waterworks Authority says that water pressure to most areas across the island has been restored (but The Thaiger is still getting reports from residents in Kamala and parts of Kathu about low flow or still no water mains pressure).
— The Thaiger

EGAT looks to renovate power plants
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) is planned to renovate existing power plants for better flexibility and to support electricity generation from renewable energy, while the peak electricity usage this summer season is expected to increase no more than 500 megawatt.

Overall Thai household debt remains at a high level: BOT
1 May 2019(NNT)-A study by the Bank of Thailand (BOT) has found that overall Thai household debt is still high.

GSB organizes 10 Chalermla Project in honor of HM the King
Many agencies have organized activities in honor of His Majesty the King on the auspicious occasion of the coronation ceremony.

Royal Coronation brooches become available in Phuket
Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana yesterday (Apr 30) officiated a ceremony to homage to His Majesty The King as part of event to formally launch the sale of Royal Coronation brooches in Phuket.
— The Phuket News

TATA Steel Thailand expects sales volume to gain 5 to 10%
Tata Steel Thailand Pic the local unit of India’s largest steel maker, expects its sales volume this fiscal year starting in April to rise by 5-10% to 1.20 to 1.25 million tonnes thanks to the expansion of its overseas markets.

Thailand’s Purin Pictures unveils grant recipients for spring 2019
Three fiction and one documentary projects will receive production grants of $30,000 each, while one documentary has been selected for the post-production grant, which comes with $50,000 worth of post-production services.

Security guard gets apology for B309k water bill
Representatives of the Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) and one of its contractors have apologised to an elderly security guard living in a small rented room for charging him 309,889.12 baht for his water consumption last month.
— Bangkok Post

Huge ganja bust on Mekong riverbank, smugglers flee
NAKHON PHANOM: A security patrol team seized almost 500kg of compressed marijuana abandoned by a smuggling gang on the bank of the Mekong River in That Phanom district on Tuesday night.
— Bangkok Post


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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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