Thailand morning news for November 15

Thailand morning news for November 15

Thailand morning news

Future Forward submits bill to scrap drafting
Conscription will be replaced by voluntary recruitment, except during wartime, and recruits must not be treated as personal houseboys if the Future Forward Party has its way.
— Bangkok Post

Economic stimulus packages still needed to spur domestic economy – Finance Minister
Thailand’s Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana has stressed the need for the Government to introduceeconomic stimulus packages periodically to spur the domestic economy and to help small suppliersbadly affected by the global economic slowdown.
— Thai PBS News

Blockchain VAT refunds this month
The Finance Ministry plans to adopt blockchain-based value-added tax (VAT) refund service for foreign tourists, starting from the end of this month.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s ‘Fragile’ Economy Is Expected to Post Muted Recovery
Thailand’s economic expansion likely accelerated modestly in the third quarter from the slowest pace in almost five years, weighed down by the strength of the country’s currency.
— Bloomberg

Ministry to launch volunteer projects to ease graduate unemployment
Thailand’s Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation has set aside 8.6 billion bahtto help tackle unemployment among university graduates, the number of whom will reach 500,000 inthe next four months.
— Thai PBS News

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Thailand’s beaches now more expensive than European resorts – report
The cost of a holiday in popular Thai beach resorts is now on par with, or even higher than those in Greece, Italy, Spain, Turkey, and Egypt – all closer to home for Europeans with lower flight costs and less travel time.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Gazettes Decree Amending Income Tax on Investments for Individuals, Companies
The Thai Official Gazette Nov. 12 published a royal decree amending the taxation of investment income earned by individuals and companies.
— Bloomberg Tax

Toxic Herbicides to be Outlawed in Thailand Dec. 1
Thailand’s ban of three toxic farm chemicals comes amid mixed reactions from workers and lawmakers.
— VOA Khmer (video)

Thailand Says It’s Seeking to Freely Allow Medical Marijuana
Thailand is speeding up legal changes to liberalize its nascent medical marijuana industry, according to the country’s health minister.
— Bloomberg

Thailand joins EU in bid to tackle marine litter
Thailand is joining hands with six other Asian countries to try and tackle the issue of marine pollution, amid increasing criticism about plastic use in the region.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s News Cyber Cops Take Down their First Suspect
Cyber cops at Thailand’s Anti-Fake News Centre have arrested their first suspect since it opened at the beginning of this month.
— Chiang Rai Times

Prime Minister of Thailand suggests Thailand organize a world music festival to woo more tourists
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has suggested that Thailand organise a music festival featuring the world’s leading musicians in order to woo music-loving tourists to the Kingdom.
— The Pattaya News

Finally, a Law on Importing and Producing Medical Cannabis is (Almost) Here
A new law on cannabis legalization will address two issues many foreigners want to know: roles of foreigners in production of weed-based medicine, and how foreign patients may bring medical cannabis with them into Thailand for personal use.
— Khaosod English

Government confirms 2020 ban on single-use plastic bags
In a move that some would say has been a long time coming, the Thai government has announced that single-use plastic bags will be banned at shopping malls, convenience stores, and supermarkets from January 1, 2020.
— The Thaiger

School funding challenge for bilingual curriculum
The secretary-general of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (OBEC), Amnat Wichayanuwat, says plans to introduce a bilingual school curriculum at all grade levels have thrown up an obstacle for meeting funding requirements.
— The Thaiger

Father Ray and Flash Express launches Flash Home for disabled in Pattaya
Father Ray Foundation and Flash Express launched the first Flash Home for Disabled in Chonburi today.
— The Pattaya News

Pheu Thai mounts fierce by-election defence
The by-election in Khon Kaen’s constituency 7 to replace Pheu Thai Party MP Nawat Tohcharoensuk is expected to take place on Dec 22, the provincial election office said.
— Bangkok Post

DSI to grill stars who promoted Forex-3D
The Department of Special Investigation has summoned singer Suteewan Baitoey Thaveesin and her husband Pattanapon “DJ Man” Kunjara Na Ayudhya to clarify their connection to the owner of online broker Forex-3D, who is accused of a billion-baht fraud.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC may scrap 26GHz bidding
Thailand’s telecom regulator is considering shelving February’s planned auction of 26GHz spectrum meant for the 5G network on concerns about use case development and support of related equipment.
— Bangkok Post

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Sudarat confident party will retain Khon Kaen seat in by-election
Pheu Thai chief strategist Sudarat Keyuraphan expects voters to again back the party to victory in the by-election in Khon Kaen to replace the party’s former MP, who was convicted of murder.
— Bangkok Post

Historic Grail to Bless Communion in Bangkok Papal Visit
An elaborate chalice wrought by a famed Parisian silversmith over a century ago will serve as Pope Francis’ instrument in blessing the Eucharist in Bangkok next week.
— Khaosod English

Can charter amendment follow the 1997 formula?
A “similar” process has been called for. The “situation”, however, is quite different. The paradox is that if the present Constitution is to be amended significantly, the only way to do it is to follow the highly-unorthodox 1997 methods. Can that happen?
— Thai PBS News

New Species of Carnivorous Dinosaur Identified in Nong Bua Lamphu
Paleontologists announced they identified a new species of carnivorous dinosaurs that once roamed the land that is now Nong Bua Lamphu province.
— Khaosod English

Anti-corruption commission says government officials guilty of taking bribes in power plant agreement
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is accusing the Thai government of accepting bribes from Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, the Japanese company awarded the contract to build a power plant in the southern Thai city of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— The Thaiger

Immigration nabs foreign criminals
The Immigration Bureau held a press conference Tuesday giving details of the arrests. The first suspect is 45 year old Chen Ying, a Chinese national who allegedly used forged documents to get bank loans.
— The Thaiger

Farmers told not to dry crops on roads following fatal road accident
Rice farmers have been warned to stop drying their crops on roads or face legal action.
— Thai PBS News

Business leaders’ confidence sinking
The confidence of global business leaders plummeted in 2019, according to the second annual Confidence Index (CI) from Worldcom Public Relations Group, a global partnership of independent firms that includes TQPR Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Tigers tame War Elephants in World Cup qualifier
The War Elephants’ misery at Bukit Jalil continued on Thursday as Malaysia came from behind to beat Thailand 2-1 in a World Cup qualifier.
— Bangkok Post

Sky lanterns – Very beautiful, very dangerous.
As Loy Krathong festival passes for another year, once again there have been many reports of sky lanterns causing fires and disruption to air traffic. Thai PBS World asked the…
— Thai PBS News

Drug smuggler caught, 600,000 speed pills seized
A member of a major drug smuggling gang has been arrested and 6000,000 speed pills seized from a truck parked in Narathiwat province.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya City Police awarded top scores for crime prevention and solving cases in Region 2 and Chonburi for pre Loy Krathong period
The Pattaya City Police has reached the highest scores for a crime crackdown and solving cases before the Loy Krathong festival in Chonburi.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand seizes 176kg of crystal meth in treadmills bound for Japan
Thai anti-narcotics officers have seized 176kg of crystal methamphetamine hidden in the metal frames of electric treadmills bound for Japan, police said on Thursday (Nov 14).

Pope’s visit to Thailand, Japan “moment of grace”
Asia’s Catholic bishops regard the visit of Pope Francis to Thailand and Japan, next week, as “a moment of grace for Christians”, according to Vatican News.
— Thai PBS News

Thai clerk charged with murder after shooting gunman in court
A legal clerk who ended a bloody Thai courtroom shooting by grabbing a firearm and killing the gunman has been arrested and charged with murder, police said Thursday (Nov 14).

Five suspects held in pre-dawn sweep in Yala province
Security forces have been combing the Nang Chan mountain range, which straddles the borders ofMuang district of Yala and Kok Po district of Pattani, to search for suspects involved in November 5 thattack on a defence outpost in Tambon Lam Phraya of Yala’s Muang district, killing 15 volunteers andinjuring five others.
— Thai PBS News

PM not bothered by threats from smaller coalition parties to remove support
The PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s not too concerned by threats from five coalition parties to withhold support unless the government provides satisfactory answers during the upcoming no-confidence grilling.
— The Thaiger

Secrets of Bangkok red light zone laid bare in new museum
Prostitution, the CIA, the Vietnam War and Chinese immigration are all on display in a new museum dedicated to one of Bangkok’s most famous red light nightlife zones, Patpong Road.
— CNN Travel

Woman Suffering from Cancer Kills Her Husband then Herself
A 38-year-old woman suffering with Nasopharyngeal cancer has shot her husband in the head and then killed herself at their house in south-central Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times


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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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