Thailand morning news for November 11

Thailand morning news for November 11
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From January 1, 46 shopping centres and convenience chains stop giving out single-use plastic bags
It’s slowly happening, but the out-cry over single-use plastics is gathering pace and some of the ‘big names’ are now changing their policies.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s ‘economic condition index’ expected to decline in Q3
Thailand’s household economic condition index is likely to drop further due to the ongoing global economic slowdown.
— The Thaiger

RCEP nears completion
Notoriously labelled a ceremonial “talk shop” without any tangible outcomes, the latest Asean Summit in Bangkok finally proved critics wrong as regional leaders made progress in settling a mammoth trade pact despite India’s departure.
— Bangkok Post

Arrest warrants for officials suspected of evidence tampering in activist Billy’s disappearance
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is expected to seek an arrest warrant for suspects allegedly involved in witness tampering on Monday, relating to the kidnapping and murder of Karen community rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen.
— Thai PBS News

Most reject skipping Loy Krathong to keep waterways clean: Poll
A majority of people reject a suggestion that Thais avoid floating krathongs — containers made of leaves but often including non-biodegrabale materials — during the traditional Loy Krathong Festival, and instead collect trash from rivers and canals, according to a survey conducted by Bangkok University, or Bangkok Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Army clarifies curfew rumours for districts in Southern Thailand
The army says now that won’t upgrade the curfew in the troubled deep South following an attack that killed 15 people on Tuesday night.
— The Thaiger

Rice exporters back ban on three toxic chemicals
Rice exporters have thrown their full support behind the ban on three toxic farm chemicals, saying importer countries have tightened their order of crops based on food safety.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet to adopt development guideline for Dawei SEZ link
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) will ask the cabinet to adopt its guidelines on infrastructure development tomorrow, as the government seeks to start working on the long-awaited link that will connect the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar with Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand chikungunya cases top 9,000, Up dramatically over recent years
The number of infections with the mosquito-borne viral infection, chikungunya, in Thailand has eclipsed the 9,000 case mark this week, according to the Thailand Bureau of Epidemiology.
— Outbreak News Today

Water resource development to solve drought in Kanchanaburi
The anti-drought water resource development project in five districts of Kanchanaburi province will be submitted to a mobile cabinet meeting on November 12.
— Newsline (video)

Over five million shrimp and crabs released into Gulf of Thailand
Fishermen in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat and prominent firms have organized a project to increase the volume of aquatic creatures in the country’s natural waters by releasing over five million shrimp and horse crabs into the Gulf of Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

PH threatens to restrict Thailand’s auto exports
The Philippines will exercise its right to retaliatory trade remedy measures against Thailand non-compliance with measures sanctioned by the World Trade Organization, Trade Undersecretary Ceferino Rodolfo said over the weekend.

Officer in krathong copyright entrapment case transferred
A police superintendent in the north east province of Nakhon Ratchasima has been transferred after a sting operation in which a 15 year old girl was arrested and fined 5,000 baht for alleged copyright infringement (the original demand by the ‘officer’ was much higher but was negotiated down).
— The Thaiger

Six suspects detained for questioning over Yala massacre
More than 200 troops and police conducted searches in Thailand’s southern border provinces on Friday night, looking for suspects in Tuesday’s brutal attack in Yala Province that killed 15.
— The Thaiger

Majority view Asean Summit as beneficial to Thailand: Poll
A large majority of people are of the opinion that Thailand has benefited from the 35th Asean Summit held in Bangkok on Nov 1-4, according to an opinion survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Brilliance shone at Thai Night at the American Film Market 2019
The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) of Royal Thai Government hosted Thai Night at the American Film Market (AFM) on Friday, November 8th, 2019 at the Colonnade Ballroom, Hotel Casa Del Mar, Santa Monica, CA.
— Globe Newswire

Great Joy and Expectation as Catholics in Thailand Await Pope’s Visit
Catholics form a tiny minority of Thailand’s over 68 million population, over 90% of which is Buddhist.
— Chiang Rai Times

Lingo class urged for Thai expat workers
The Labour Ministry wants those seeking job opportunities in South Korea to take advantage of free language classes in a bid to cut down on Thais working illegally in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Orange Line services ‘by 2023’
The Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) is expecting to ask the cabinet to approve the western section of the MRT’s Orange Line by the end of next month, although opinions on construction methods and operating options are still divided.
— Bangkok Post

Korat water shortage ‘critical’
Like in other parts of this northeastern province, water shortage in three districts — Phimai, Chakarat and Huay Thalaeng — is now critical as the Lam Chamuak reservoir, their main source water, is drying up, according to local media reports.
— Bangkok Post

Border situation normal despite Rainsy’s planned return
The situation along the border between Cambodia and Thailand remains as usual despite Sam Rainsy’s planned return to the Kingdom via Poipet International Checkpoint.
— Khmer Times

Revelers asked not to release sky lanterns during Loy Krathong
During Loy Krathong Festival every year, members of the general public are always reminded of aviation risks posed by flying lanterns, and are asked not to fly the lanterns which might cause major harm to aircraft.
— Pattaya Mail

Key challenges for ASEAN’s next chair
It is a tradition for ASEAN’s 10 members to take turns chairing the regional bloc in alphabetical order, and come 1 January, 2020, Vietnam will formally take over from Thailand fully aware of the responsibilities it will have to shoulder.
— The Asean Post

Thailand UNHCR to revamp immigration screening against illegals
The Thai government and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have agreed to work together to improve the country’s immigration screening system to prevent illegal entry and protect refugees seeking asylum in the country.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand hit by online fraud schemes with billions lost by savers looking for a quick buck
Thailand is reeling from a series of internet scams and pyramid schemes which has seen thousands of online users lose billions in get-rich-quick schemes that continue to find takers.

Encouraging Thais to stop using single use plastic bags
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has launched a campaign on Silom Road in the capital, promoting the initiative to reduce single-use plastic bags, and encourage members of the public to only float one biodegradable Krathong per household during the upcoming Loy Krathong festival, to reduce waste in canals and rivers.
— Newsline (video)

Songkhla moves to become World Heritage City
The southern province of Songkhla has launched the “Old Town Songkhla to World Heritage” campaign to further progress towards becoming a UNESCO World Heritage City, looking to boost tourism as well as preserve its unique culture, cuisine and attractions.
— Newsline (video)

Farmers despair over chemical ban
Nakhon Ratchasima province is the country’s hub for cassava harvesting as at least 25% of all cassava yields come from this province alone.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry to launch measures to stimulate real estate sector
As a New Year’s gift, the Ministry of Finance is planning to offer privileges to people interested in purchasing houses worth up to three million baht with a fixed interest rate of 2.5% for three years.
— Newsline (video)

Korean stab victim offers B100k for info on compatriot suspect
A young South Korean man who was found with multiple stab wounds after being attacked by a male compatriot in Pattaya last month has recovered and is offering a reward of 100,000 baht for information leading to the arrest of his attacker.
— Bangkok Post

E-commerce offers Thai small retailers big jump in reach and income
A SMALL Thai retailer who expands into online sales can boost takings by an average of 51 per cent a year, according to a new report released by an e-commerce platform provider.
— The Business Times

Thailand lose to China in SEA Games warm-up
An under-strength Thailand U23 side put in an impressive effort but still went down 2-1 to China U23 team in a warm-up game in Pathum Thani on Saturday night.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to Sell Rice to Iraq
Thailand has reportedly signed a deal to sell rice to Iraq.

Westerner may face 7 years in prison for yanking open aircraft door as it taxied for takeoff
A young western man could be facing up to 7 years in prison as Thai authorities take an increasingly serious view of an incident that occurred last Wednesday in Chiang Mai when he dramatically and violently opened an emergency exit of an aircraft as it taxied for takeoff on a flight to Bangkok.

BBL to trim interest rates
Bangkok Bank (BBL) plans to lower other types of interest rates after it passes on the central bank’s entire 25-basis-point rate cut in its minimum lending rate (MLR).
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok governor: One krathong per family
With the annual Loy Krathong festival coming up tomorrow, Bangkok’s governor is urging residents and tourists to help reduce the number of discarded krathongs and floating lanterns, according to Thai-language Daily News.
— The Thaiger

Energy Ministry plans E20 shift in early 2020
The Energy Ministry has set a time frame to transition to gasohol E20 as the primary petrol grade by early next year, while phasing out gasohol 91 to boost the value of commodity crops used in biofuel, says Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.
— Bangkok Post

Somkid speaks to Hokkaido investors
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has called on Hokkaido investors to focus on agricultural processing and tourism in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Deputy Commerce Minister pledges to suppress activities of illegal copyright agents after 15 year old girl extorted over Krathongs
Deputy Commerce Minister Weerasak Wangsuphakijkosol, has visited Nakhon Ratchasima province and met with the 15-year-old girl student who had made Krathong vessels in the style of various cartoon characters like the Minion, Garfield, Angry Birds and Line bear and was falsely accused of copyright piracy.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Airways management ‘asked’, staff ‘told’, to cut expenses
Both management and staff likely to lose some entitlements under new policy to reduce costs In a move that will likely contribute little to the airline’s rehabilitation, Thai Airways is trying to reduce expenditures on staff travel.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: Prayuth’s War on ‘Fake News’ is Doomed to Fail
Five years of censorship and intimidating people from making critical political expression under the junta are now succeeded by a “truth center.”
— Khaosod English

Condo group seeks action to hike ownership transfers
The Thai Condominium Association has urged the government to seek measures to encourage ownership transfers, on top of mortgage and transfer fee cuts, to help boost residential unit sales.
— Bangkok Post

Thaicom to exit 3400-3700MHz range
Satellite service provider Thaicom Plc has agreed to vacate the 3400-3700MHz spectrum range to free it up for auction to use for 5G wireless networks.
— Bangkok Post

Ranger stabbed by assailant linked to insurgents in Narathiwat
A paramilitary ranger sustained serious injury after he was stabbed by a man who tried, unsuccessfully, to seize his service rifle, and who was quickly subdued by another ranger.
— Thai PBS News

SC Asset campaigns around policy restraints
SET-listed developer SC Asset Corporation Plc is using a campaign to boost sales of completed condo units as the government’s property tax incentives effective from the start of this month do not apply because its units are priced above 3 million baht.
— Bangkok Post property

Commentary: Thailand hasn’t lost its lustre with travellers. There are many undiscovered sights
A recent news report suggests the trade war has had a huge impact on popular beach destinations like Phuket but now might be a good time to score a bargain trip to other, unseen parts of the country, says Termsak Chalermpalanupap.

Loy Krathong around Thailand
Rivers, lakes and canals around the country will be illuminated by candlelight as Thais release a series of lotus-inspired floats in order to ask forgiveness from the Water Goddess for their infringements during the much-loved Loy Krathong Festival.
— Bangkok Post travel


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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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