Thailand morning news for November 12

Thailand morning news for November 12
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4 wanted for killing ‘Billy’
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases has issued arrest warrants for former Kaeng Krachan National Park chief Chaiwat Limlikit-aksorn and three others, on suspicion they murdered Karen rights activist Porlajee Billy Rakchongcharoen, who went missing in April 2014.
— Bangkok Post

TAT launches “Travel Thailand with 100 Baht” and “Shocking Prices on Weekdays”
Campaigns to stimulate the domestic economy and tourism were launched today – Monday (Nov 11). They follow the government’s Chim, Shop, Chai (Taste, Shop, Use) campaign which has been very well received by the general public.

Minister denies high jobless rate
Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul has denied there is high unemployment in Thailand, claiming the jobless rate is only 1%.
— Bangkok Post

Two wanted for deadly South attack
Police are seeking arrest warrants for two suspects whose DNA samples were found at the scene of last Tuesday’s massacre at a security checkpoint in Yala’s Muang district, which killed 15 and injured five others.
— Bangkok Post

Rare giant manta ray sighted off Phang Nga
A rare five metres wide giant manta ray has been spotted near Koh Ta Chai, north of the Similan Islands group, off Phang Nga province.
— The Thaiger

300 Bangkokians victims of the ‘copyright’ extortion scam
Following last week’s fine from someone calling themselves a ‘copyright agent’ (in that case the use of Japanese cartoons on Krathongs for today’s festival), more than 300 people in Bangkok alone say that have faced payment demands from other alleged “copyright agents.”
— The Thaiger

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 on Tuesday, 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

Fears for consumers with zero tariff alcoholic drinks in European free trade scenario
Thailand is preparing to make a decision on opening talks towards a Thai EU free trade pact as it also looking at opening up other markets with negotiations with Turkey and the new RCEP trade pact being readied for launch in February next year giving the kingdom stable access to key Asia Pacific markets.

OIE readies measures to promote Thailand 4.0
The Industry Ministry plans to launch a digital platform and big data system to facilitate the industrial sector and smooth the government’s ease of doing business next year.
— Bangkok Post

UTCC: This year’s Loy Krathong spending expected to drop to Bt9.5bn
People are spending less money on travel and Krathong baskets during the Loy Krathong Festival this year.
— Newsline (video)

Lessons from the Asean Summit
As Thailand prepares to wind down its year-long chairmanship of Asean, it’s time to reflect on the state of the 10-country alliance and relations with its dialogue partners.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand puts forward measures to bolster economy
Thailand’s Ministry of Industry plans to launch a digital platform and big data system to facilitate the industrial sector and smooth the government’s ease of doing business next year.
— Vietnamplus

Future Forward on thin ice
All eyes will be on the Constitutional Court on Nov 20 when it delivers a ruling which could make or break the embattled Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit in a media-shareholding case.
— Bangkok Post

Slowing economy tests Thai billionaires who built fortune on small loans
Billionaire husband-and-wife team Chuchat Petaumpai and Daonapa Petampai built a fortune by providing small loans in Thailand.
— Deal Street Asia

ACIEC 2019 creates business opportunities, expands export markets
The 9th ASEAN (Bangkok) China Import & Export Commodities Fair (ACIEC) this year, features over 1,000 categories of quality export goods certified by various Chinese provinces.
— Newsline (video)

Despite big bangs, Thai Muslim rebels fading away
The slaughter of 15 defense volunteers by separatist rebels last week in southernmost Thailand marked one of the deadliest assaults suffered by the government in a decade and a half of insurgency.
— Asia Times

Beyond Bangkok: Investors Find Diversity in Thailand’s Smart Provincial Cities
When Anucha Meekiatichaikun, a Thailand-born, Paris-trained entrepreneur, returned to his homeland to set up a high-tech dental device business, he looked beyond the bright lights of Bangkok to the historic walled city of Chiang Mai.
— South China Morning Post

Thailand, Myanmar can learn from Manila’s move on its restive south
THE insurgents in southern Thailand who killed 15 people (including a police officer and several village defence volunteers) last week served a grisly, but timely, reminder that the region remains a restive and dangerous place.
— The Business Times

Thailand asks farmers not to grow off-season rice on drought worries
The Thai government has asked farmers in 22 provinces to not grow off-season rice, as the country braced for a dry spell amid low water levels in main reservoirs.
— Reuters

DSI seeks warrant for former Thai park chief implicated in Karen activist’s murder
Arrest warrants are being sought for four men, including a former national park chief, linked to the abduction and murder of Karen activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thai banking trio set to recapitalise Lao branches
Three large Thai banks are recapitalising their branches in Laos to comply with the Bank of the Lao PDR’s amended capital regulations for both local and foreign commercial banks to meet minimum requirements over the course of five years.
— Bangkok Post

Thai tip sees drug mule nabbed in Laos
Acting on information from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) of Thailand, Lao officials on Friday arrested a Bolivian woman with 3.52 kilogrammes of cocaine in her possession at Wattay international airport in Vientiane, ONCB secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

TCEB Unveils 2020 Strategy, Making Headway to Turn Thailand into Global Exhibition Mecca
Thailand Convention & Exhibition Bureau or TCEB is delight as the Global Association of the Exhibition Industry (UFI) calls global members for meeting in Thailand and confident that Thailand will step forward as the world’s leader in exhibitions.
— PRNewswire (media release)

Changing behaviour, IT hit retail investors’ value
The proportion of retail investors in total market trading value has dwindled by half amid changes in investor behaviour and the advent of high-speed algorithmic trading programs.
— Bangkok Post

EEC, megaprojects mean opportunities for property sector
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and infrastructure development are setting new megatrends in Thailand with huge opportunities lying ahead for the property sector, according to former policymakers and property experts.
— Bangkok Post

MQDC supports ‘Eco-Young Camp’, a model environmental youth camp
MQDC cares about nature under its philosophy “For All Well-Being” and supported “Eco-Young Camp” to nurture environmental awareness among childhood so that it can flourish into a large force to create sustainability in Thailand in the future.
— Bangkok Post

Bencharong for Babies: Keeping arts heritage alive for future Thai generations
Born to a Thai-Chinese family that owns an antique shop, I was exposed to Chinese and Thai art starting at a very young age.
— Coconuts Bangkok

PM Prayut instructs Royal Thai Armed Forces to support ADMM
Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has instructed the Royal Thai Armed Forces to jointly support the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and adhere to the ADMM’s Joint Declaration on Sustainable Security.

Thailand celebrates Loy Krathong 2019
Many provinces across Thailand have prepared venues where people can float their Krathong baskets into the water and enjoy taking part in the many Loy Krathong festivities.

PM Prayut visits Ratchaburi, says government works for all people
Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chano-cha, has insisted that the government is committed to resolving all problems, and people in all provinces must benefit from this democratically-elected government.

Doc warns teen phone addicts
A growing number of youngsters, especially university students, are suffering trigger finger and other muscle-related problems as the time they spend on smartphones increases.
— Bangkok Post

PPRP MP Parina under fire for Ratchaburi poultry farm
The Royal Forest Department (RFD) on Monday confirmed that a 1,706-rai farm run by firebrand Palang Pracharath Party MP, Parina Kraikup’s family is on Sor Por Kor land — a special public plot assigned to farmers to make a living.
— Bangkok Post

Three King’s Guards Command officers reinstated by HM the King
Three commissioned officers attached to the Ratchawallop King’s Guards Command, who were recently dismissed from military service and stripped of all their ranks and Royal decorations, have been reinstated, with full rank and decorations, by His Majesty the King.
— Thai PBS News

Chakkrit enters Thai Airways top job race
Deputy Permanent Secretary for Finance Chakkrit Parapuntakul has been nominated to lead the Thai Airways (THAI) executive board, in the hopes of bringing out Thailand’s flag carrier from its chronic financial problems.
— Bangkok Post

A restart for resumption of Thai-EU trade talks scheduled
The Thaiger Free trade talks between the EU and Thailand are about to start again after years in the wilderness following the 2014 military coup, and years of protracted negotiations before stretching back to 2005.
— The Thaiger

PM reminds Loy Krathong celebrants to use environment-friendly floats
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has reminded everyone celebrating the Loy Krathong festival tonight of the need to protect the environment by using Krathong, the traditional floating baskets, made of only…
— Thai PBS News

Two early morning hangings in Chonburi area, officials warn suicide more common on Loy Krathong and to seek help if feeling depressed
Thai media and local rescue workers confirmed of two separate unconnected suicides early this morning in the Chonburi area involving a thirty one year old Thai woman upset over an issue with her boyfriend who left a note and the second a thirty year old man living alone who did not.
— The Pattaya News

Thai convent weaves ‘beautiful’ robes for Pope Francis visit
Sewing machines whir in a Bangkok convent as workers feverishly finish silk robes in brilliant golds and reds, made especially for Pope Francis and his entourage visiting Thailand this month.

2 Men Accused of Killing Girl, 14, After a Brawl With Her Father
Two men were arrested on Monday for a drive-by shooting that left a teenage girl dead and a 4-year-old boy injured.
— Khaosod English

Probe into Palang Pracharat MP Pareena’s land in Ratchaburi
Natural Resources and Environment Minister Warawut Silpa-archa has ordered an investigation into the reported occupation of more than 102 hectares of state land, in Chom Bung district of Thailand’s central province of Ratchaburi, by Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt.
— Thai PBS News

Police tracking down Mercedes driver who wouldn’t give way to an ambulance – VIDEO
Daily News Police are tracking down the driver of a Mercedes Benz who gave ambulance drivers ‘the finger’ after refusing to give way to the screeching sirens of the ambulance trying to get a patient to hospital.
— The Thaiger

Stabbed Korean still recovering from 17 stab wounds in Pattaya
A South Korean man stabbed in a quiet South Pattaya soi during on October 24, says he’s still receiving medical care and remains in hospital. Sanook reports that Thai tourist police, together with the local Pattaya police, have failed to bring the 38 year old assailant, called “Park”, to justice (Park is a very …
— The Thaiger

Krathong baskets made from environmentally friendly materials, popular this year
At Pak Khlong Talat, vendors have begun to sell materials suited to Krathong basket making. This year, the focus is on environmentally friendly materials.Popular materials include banana trunks, banana leaves, various kinds of flowers as well as joss sticks and candles. Ready-made Krathong baskets are sold at prices from 10 – 1,000 baht. …

Police arrests forger of fake Thai ID and driving licences in Bangkok
A special Thai task force has announced arrest of a serial forger, 28 year old Thongchai Apiyangkoon. Thongchai was offering customers fake Thai ID cards for 5,000 baht, fake Thai drivers’ licences for 4,000 and even fake migrant cards for 3,000 baht.
— The Thaiger

Sri Trang Gloves goes green, pushing beyond the sustainability limit to every aspect of life
There can be no doubt that we humans are reaping the rewards of our exploitation of Mother Earth and are now experiencing the fruits of our labours in the form of pollution and deplorable living conditions throughout much of the modern world.
— Bangkok Post

11th species of dinosaur discovered in north east Thailand
Thailand’s Mineral Resources Department says they’ve unearthed fossilised bones believed to belong to a species of mid-sized carnivorous dinosaur previously unrecorded in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Pope Francis to reunite with cousin on visit to Thailand
In a remote Catholic school in Thailand, Sister Ana Rosa Sivori, 77, kneels in a chapel to pray at the beginning of the school day.
— Thai PBS News

SHR’s Business Platform and Portfolio Attracted Institutional Investors
S Hotels & Resorts’ Business Platform and Portfolio Attracted Leading Institutional Investors During October’s Roadshows in Singapore and Hong Kong
— Bangkok Post

Thief arrested for snatching purse from foreign tourist in Pattaya
A thief has been arrested after stealing a purse from a foreign tourist unpacking luggage in Pattaya at a local resort.
— The Pattaya News


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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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