Thailand morning news for November 19

Thailand morning news for November 19

Thailand morning news

B12bn submarine buy ‘still on’
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insists the navy will go ahead with its plan to buy a second Chinese-made submarine amid reports of a possible delay.
— Bangkok Post

‘Don’t mention the economy’
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has urged the public not to discuss Thailand’s economic problems too frequently, saying this could have a psychological impact on investor confidence.
— Bangkok Post

Monkey found dead in Chonburi with head stuck in plastic bag
A visitor to the area of Khao Sammuk in Chonburi found a monkey floating in the sea with its head inside a plastic bag.
— The Pattaya News

GDP growth slows to 0.1% in Q3
Thailand’s trade-dependent economy grew at its slowest quarterly rate in a year in the third quarter, official data showed on Monday, leading the government to cut this year’s growth estimate once again.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Has GDP growth really bottomed?
Headline GDP growth improved slightly in the third quarter but the main GDP drivers are still missing in action. We think the Bank of Thailand will use firmer growth as an argument for leaving policy on hold in the rest of 2019 and throughout 2020

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Farm chemical importers vow to sue govt over ban
Importers of three toxic farm chemicals, which are set to be officially banned from Dec 1, have vowed they will sue the government in the Administrative Court.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn sues EC commissioners
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the embattled leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP), has taken legal action against all seven election commissioners for malfeasance, less than two days before the Constitutional Court rules on his media-share case.
— Bangkok Post

Media study highlights Thailand’s changing media landscape as younger folk move online
Study’s conclusions also highlight Thailand’s demographic challenge as the older market of baby boomers punch above their weight due to extended lifespans and the impact of lower birth rates on upcoming generations.
— Thai Examiner

Thailand talent level slips
Thailand slipped one position to 43rd out of 63 economies in the World Talent Ranking 2019, while its regional peers Singapore, Indonesia and the Philippines advanced, according to a report conducted by the IMD World Competitiveness Centre (WCC).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand joins World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
The World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims takes place on the third Sunday of November every year, as initiated by the United Nations to remember the millions of people killed on the roads and to promote public awareness of road safety.

Gov’t Allies Warn Future Forward Against Protests
Coalition politicians on Monday urged the opposition not to resort to any demonstration in response to a court verdict this week that would decide the fate of Future Forward Party chairman Thanathorn Juangrungruangkit.
— Khaosod English

Thai economy slows in Q3, 2019 growth outlook cut again
Thailand’s economy expanded at its slowest quarterly pace in a year in the third quarter on sluggish exports and a slowdown in private consumption, raising the chances for more stimulus as policymakers try to shore up flagging growth.

Huawei sweetens 5G offer in Thailand with tech training center
Huawei Technologies is lobbying hard to build Thailand’s 5G network as the Chinese telecom maker looks to strengthen its foothold in Southeast Asia following the company’s blacklisting by the U.S. government.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand and the US sign new defence treaty
The US-Thailand Joint Vision Statement 2020 advances the 2018 US National Defence Strategy and Thailand’s 20 Year National Strategy objectives “by reaffirming our shared commitment to the long-standing defence alliance.”
— The Thaiger

Uttama: 3rd phase response lacklustre
People are less enthusiastic about the third phase of the Taste, Shop, Spend scheme than the previous two phases, says Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.
— Bangkok Post

DSD holds seminar on automotive industry workers development
In response to the economic slowdown, the government has been promoting less reliance on the export sector, and the greater implementation of technology in manufacturing.

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

CPF seeks to improve Thai duck meat standards
Thai processor Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has unveiled plans to improve the country’s duck meat production standards to meet international standards.

MP Ms. Pareena not qualified to rent land in Ratchaburi province
Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, will have to cede to the state the 102 hectares of land in Chom Bung district of Ratchaburi, which she has occupied and utilized for several years, because part of the land is in national forest reserves and the rest is classified as Sor Por Kor or land under the land reform program.
— Thai PBS News

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Judge Who Shoots Self Removed From Post
A judge who shot himself in protest of alleged corruption was transferred from his post and placed under investigation Monday, officials said.
— Khaosod English

House Speaker warned of legal action if he enforces new House committee rule
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai was today warned that he might face a legal action for interference in the duties of House standing committees over his recent enforcement of a new rule governing chairmen of the various committees.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Airways says it won’t get into a price-war with other airlines
National carrier Thai Airways says it won’t head down the ‘price-cutting’ route to be competitive in 2020.
— The Thaiger

Northern Thailand drops 1-3 degrees, South to see little rain for the rest of the year
A strong high-pressure system is looming over southern China and will also affect the upper Northeast of Thailand by tonight and early tomorrow.
— The Thaiger

Private hospital fees on cusp of public disclosure
The government is set to reveal information on the actual costs of 200 medical services early next year after it categorised private hospitals based on their medicine and medical service charges so patients can know the prices before they receive services.
— Bangkok Post

Over 150 Grab motorbike drivers in Pattaya, Thailand strike, demanding better pay and benefits
Over 150 GRAB motorbike delivery drivers gathered this afternoon at the back of a Big C department store in South Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Buddha relics from Sri Lanka to be enshrined at Bowonniwet Vihara temple
The government would like to invite Buddhists in Thailand to pay their respects to the hair relics of the Lord Buddha at Bowonniwet Vihara temple in Bangkok from December 10, 2019, to January 10 next year.

Amadeus is expanding Amadeus Ventures across APAC to support travel startups
Amadeus Ventures will invest in early-stage startups sitting at the crossroads of technology and travel in APAC starting 2020.
— e27

Thailand greenlights exports of Greek kiwi fruit
ANA reports that Thailand’s Agriculture Ministry approved the export of Greek kiwi fruit, according to the Greek ministry on Monday.
— tornos news

Minor takes over Bon Chon network
SET-listed Minor International (MINT) has taken over Chicken Time, a chain restaurant, operating over 40 outlets in Thailand under the popular Bonchon chicken brand.
— Bangkok Post

Laguna Phuket Triathlon returns to the island next week, November 23 & 24
The Laguna Phuket Triathlon returns next week with a strong pro athlete line up vying for US$20,000 (605,500 baht) prize money on Sunday, November 24.
— The Thaiger

IPO fundraising set for 4-year high
Thai companies are likely to raise the most money from initial public offerings in four years in 2019 as the formation of the nation’s first democratic government since the 2014 military coup has encouraged domestic firms to tap equity markets.
— Bangkok Post

More than 30 dolphins spotted off Phang Nga coast – VIDEO
Yesterday morning (November 17), Dive Master Nattapong Ninsawit from Sea Bees Diving Khao Lak revealed that he and his customers spotted a number of dolphins on the way back from their diving trip to Similan Islands.
— The Thaiger

Pruksa targets richer buyers in flat market
Pruksa Real Estate, a property development arm of SET-listed Pruksa Holdings (PSH), will downscale projects as it looks to lure middle to upper-end buyers with strong purchasing power to cope with stagnant market growth next year.
— Bangkok Post

Soldiers intercept meth delivery in Chiang Mai
Authorities find it almost impossible to patrol the thousands of kilometres of highland border in northern Thailand Soldiers in Chiang Mai, acting on a tip off, have seized about 380,000 methamphetamine pills at a border village, local media report.
— The Thaiger

TV leads among Thai viewers
About half of the population is still likely to watch live TV programmes through traditional TV sets over the next decade, particularly the elderly, according to a survey by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
— Bangkok Post

Red Cross Fair’s Wholesome Fun and Charity Return to Lumpini
Binge on street food to your heart content and shop for charity goods at the annual Red Cross Fair running through Sunday at Lumpini Park.
— Khaosod English

Pope’s visit a “pilgrim of peace” for all
The three-day apostolic visit to Thailand of Pope Francis beginning Wednesday is a “pilgrim of peace” and a “moment of grace” for not only Catholics but also for Thai people.
— Thai PBS News

Wife chooses winning lottery ticket, husband flees WITH the winning ticket
A 34 year old husband has left his wife stranded at home. He disappeared with their winning lottery ticket from Saturday’s draw. The winning ticket is worth around 6 million baht.
— The Thaiger

Elephants re-enact battle at an annual festival in Thailand
Every year, elephants take part in the Surin Elephant Round-up where the elephant handlers, called mahouts, show their skills in battle re-enactments and football games. However, critics say the elephants have to endure traumatic and painful training to be tamed.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Karon residents receive financial assistance for last month’s floods in Phuket
Following the unexpected localised floods around Phuket on October 31, particularly around the Karon area, affecting 400 houses, a group of government officials, local businesses and monks pooled their resources to help the victims.
— The Thaiger

DSI to ask court to revoke Chaiwat’s bail or ban him from talking to the media
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is to ask the Criminal Court for Corruption Cases to revoke the bail granted to former Kaeng Krachan national park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson and the three other suspects, or to set a new bail condition.
— Thai PBS News

Two injured in truck accident as drunk passenger attempts to take over wheel
A pickup truck was flipped on its side early this morning as an intoxicated passenger claimed he could drive better than the driver and attempted to forcefully take over driving in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Police Hunt For Pattaya Gold Snatcher
Police said Monday investigators are seeking two thieves who snatched two gold necklaces from a Russian tourist on Sunday night.
— Khaosod English


Feature photo Sok Ratha

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on World Toilet Day, November 19.


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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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