Thailand morning news for November 20

Thailand morning news for November 20
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Cambodia, Laos, Thailand, Vietnam may face severe drought
Severe to extreme drought is expected to hit the four lower Mekong River Basin countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam from now until January, threatening agricultural production, experts warned Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

15 killed in north China mine blast
A coal mine explosion killed 15 people in north China’s Shanxi province, state media reported Tuesday.

Thanathorn Sues Officials for ‘Rushing’ His Case to Court
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said Tuesday he is not worried about the potential protest for the upcoming court verdict that would decide the political career of Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.
— Khaosod English

Could Thai Airways Be The Next Airline To Go Bankrupt? Airline In Crisis Says President
The last few years have been difficult for airlines. During such a strong period of growth for travel and the global economy, the question must be asked how so many airlines have gone bankrupt. Air Berlin, Jet Airways and Thomas Cook along with their aircraft division to name but a few.
— Forbes

Bangkok 12th worst city for air quality in the world today
he Air Visual website is reporting that Bangkok’s air pollution level stands at 136, with PM 2.5 level at 57.8 micrograms per cubic metre, making the Thai capital the 12th on the list of cities today with the worst air pollution in the world. Chinese and Turkish cities constantly rank in the top five cities in the world for poor air quality.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok Roads to Close This Week For Pope Francis’ Visit (Interactive Map)
Several major roads in the capital will be briefly closed to traffic during Pope Francis’ visit to Bangkok starting Wednesday, officials said.
— Khaosod English

Three policemen injured by blast in Thailand’s Narathiwat province
Three traffic police officers were injured this evening (Tuesday), one of them seriously, in the roadside detonation of a device, believed to have been planted by southern insurgents, in the Ruesoh district of Thailand’s southern border province of Narathiwat.
— Thai PBS News

PM asks mutual cooperation for security development in ASEAN
Defense Ministers from ASEAN and partner countries have made a courtesy call to Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha at the government house upon their official visit to Thailand for the 6th ASEAN Defense Ministers Meeting (ADMM) and the meeting with partner countries (ADMM Plus).
— Newsline (video)

Tourism proves hazardous to Thai hospitals’ financial health
The tourism high season has begun on southern Thailand’s resort island of Phuket. For the head of the island’s biggest hospital, the coming months will be anything but a vacation.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

EC repeats demand for more documents from Future Forward
The Election Commission has repeated its demand for additional documents from Future Forward for its probe into leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s loans to the party he founded.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand gets another reprieve on WTO ruling
THE World Trade Organization (WTO) has extended its review of Thailand’s appeal on the ruling invalidating its customs and fiscal measures on Philippine cigarettes, effectively prolonging as well the brewing trade tension between Manila and Bangkok.
— Business Mirror

What’s in the New US-Thailand Alliance Joint Vision Statement?
This weekend, as expected, the United States and Thailand inked a new joint vision statement for their alliance relationship on the margins of the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meetings (ADMM) in Bangkok.
— The Diplomat

PM stresses legitimacy for using Social Security funds as loans
The Prime Minister has instructed officials to thoroughly study the feasibility of using Social Security funds as loans for investment, stressing that the implementation must comply with the law.
— Newsline (video)

China gets rolling on military vehicle delivery to Thailand
China will deliver US$76 million worth of military vehicles to Thailand next week, one of three orders to be filled over the next few years as the two countries forge closer military ties.
— South China Morning Post

Thanathorn targets election body
Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit on Monday filed a lawsuit with the Criminal Court against all seven members of the Election Commission (EC) for forwarding the V-Luck Media shareholding case to the Constitutional Court, party spokeswoman Pannika Wanich said.
— Bangkok Post

ADMM-Plus Ministers agreed to strengthen defense cooperation
Defence Ministers of ASEAN and dialogue partners have successfully concluded the annual ADMM and ADMM-Plus Meetings, further strengthening the region’s defence cooperation.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand draft chemicals law progresses to national committee
Proposals for the reform of Thailand’s main chemicals management law are about to progress further along the country’s law making process, a government official told a Chemical Watch conference today.
— Chemical Watch

Pope Francis Embarks on First Papal Visit to Thailand Since 1984
Tens of thousands of Thais from different religions are gathering in Bangkok to glimpse Pope Francis, who arrives here Wednesday for a four-day visit to the Buddhist-majority kingdom, the first by a pontiff in 35 years.
— Benar News

Farmers want help when chemical ban hits
Farming groups have proposed a rehabilitation and assistance scheme for farmers who may be affected by a ban on the use of three toxic farming chemicals that will come into effect on Dec 1.
— Bangkok Post

Car group asks for EV scheme facilitator
The Thailand Automotive Institute (TAI) has requested the government set up a National New Generation Vehicle Committee to push forward the government’s electric vehicle (EV) scheme and increase sales as the market develops.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Tourism Board Sets Guidelines for Guide Services
Thailand’s board of Tourism Business and Guides has approved the guideline on minimum guide service charges for three types of tourists; – outbound tourists, inbound tourists and domestic tourists, said Thaweesak Wanitcharoen, director general of Department of Tourism.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand trials blockchain to boost cross-border trade
The Joint Standing Committee of Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) of Thailand announced recently that it has completed a trial of a trade platform leveraging blockchain technology and developed by a Japanese system integration company.
— OpenGov

Anti-graft chief sets 2020 target
The National Anti-Counter Corruption Commission (NACC) has pledged to wrap up at least 15 corruption cases by the end of next year.
— Bangkok Post

Thai university named as Asia’s first reference centre for AMR work
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) has designated the Faculty of Veterinary Science at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University as a reference centre for antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
— Far Eastern Agriculture

Overseas recruitment agencies lobby to revise Thailand’s job advertisement regulations
Led by Chairwoman, Aranya Sakulkosol, the Thai Overseas Manpower Association (TOMA) has lobbied to Thailand’s Ministry of Labour to revise regulations to allow them to advertise job opportunities online to recruit job seekers in advance, as reported by Bangkok Post.
— Human Resources Online

5 Things to Know About Pope Francis’ Visit to Thailand
Pope Francis arrives in Thailand on Wednesday for the first visit here by the head of the Roman Catholic Church since St. John Paul II in 1984.
— The New York Times

These Villages in Thailand Are Part of the Global Economy. Go to Ikea to Find Out.
A project employing women from poor hill tribes is transforming lives in northern Thailand.
— The New York Times

US hails ‘soft’ diplomatic success with Thailand
Chargé d’Affaires Michael Heath has affirmed the United States’ commitment to Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) as part of its “soft diplomacy” to strengthen ties with Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand boosting rubber exports a concern
Rubber growers and exporters have expressed concern that prices will continue to fall as Thailand seeks to boost its natural rubber exports, industry insider Men Sopheak said.
— Eleven

ADB to support construction of power plant in Thailand
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has signed a $180m agreement with Gulf PD to develop and operate a 2,500MW power plant in Thailand.
— Power Technology

PH designers, models to join Thailand Fashion Week 2019
Eight Filipino designers who have showcased creations in pageants and modeling shows here and abroad will rock the runway at the Thailand Fashion Week at Varavela Gardens in Bangkok on Nov. 29.
— Manila Bulletin

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

Forest Dept. chief misled into approving the felling of healthy trees on road in Phang-nga
The Royal Forest Department has ordered a fact-finding investigation into how 11 healthy, decades-old Yang Na trees, along a road in Takua Thung district of the southern province of Phang-nga, were said to be dying and were cut down by officials from the Forest Industry Organization, with approval of the department’s chief.
— Thai PBS News

10+ Blacktip reef sharks flock to Maya Bay for breeding season – VIDEO
Worapoj Lomlim, chief of Noppara Tara-Koh Phi Phi National Park in Krabi, says that more than 10 Blacktip reef sharks had been spotted hunting near Koh Phi Phi Ley’s famous Maya Bay, some of them more than 2 metres in length.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Forges New Pacts With US, Chinese Militaries
BANGKOK — Thai government said it pledged further cooperation with the armed forces of the United States and China this week.
— Khaosod English

Those in possession of banned farm chemicals must report to authorities between December 1st and 15th
Any farmer, trader or importer who is in possession of Paraquat, Glyphosate or Chlorpyrifos is required to report to the Plant and Farm Materials Control Office of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration or the agricultural research and development offices in the provinces between December 1st and 15th.
— Thai PBS News

“He comes in peace”, Thai bishop says pope’s visit will build bridges
Pope Francis will begin a three-day trip to Thailand tomorrow, with the deputy secretary-general of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of Thailand declaring the visit a pilgrimage of peace.
— The Thaiger

DSI is demanding Court revoke Chaiwat’s bail
The Department of Special Investigation will ask the court to revoke bail for former national park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson along with three other suspects, or set a new bail.
— The Thaiger

Survey finds AI adoption still nascent
Artificial intelligence (AI) adoption in Thailand is still in the early stages, with chatbot, robotic process automation (RPA) and consumer segmentation among the top targets for businesses, according to a survey by IMC Institute, a tech research and training organisation.
— Bangkok Post

Travel Radio provides channel for farmers
Tourism-related bodies have launched a radio channel to promote travel and farm produce, catering to businesses in the tourism industry.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Makes Its First Orange Wine
Two years after orange wine arrived at an Asok eatery as the trendy, “natural” drink to drink, a Thai winery is bottling up and serving the country’s first-ever label.
— Khaosod English

What you should know about Thanathorn share ownership case
Another historic and highly-politicised case climaxes on Wednesday this week with a Constitution Court ruling on charges that Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit still owned shares in a company doing a media business when he registered as a candidate for the March election.
— Thai PBS News

Motorcycle thief steals expensive iPhone from Russian tourist, second tourist robbery in two days in Pattaya
Police are hunting for a suspect who snatched an iPhone valued at about 25,000 baht from a Russian tourist’s hand last night.
— The Pattaya News

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

Thailand, Vietnam end in goalless draw
Thailand were held to a goalless draw by Vietnam in their Group G of Asia’s second qualifying round for the 2022 World Cup that dropped the War Elephants to third in the standings after Malaysia beat Indonesia.
— Bangkok Post

Court Affirms Jail Time for Cops’ Sons Who Killed Disabled Man
An appeal court on Tuesday affirms jail sentence for six men – four of which are sons of police officers – who allegedly killed a disabled man in broad daylight back in 2016.
— Khaosod English

Nok Air targets halving losses to B1.4bn
Budget carrier Nok Air expects to cut losses by almost half from last year’s figure, thanks to plans afoot to boost revenues, according to Wutthiphum Jurangkul, the airline’s chief executive officer.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnamese pickpockets arrested in Chiang Mai
The Immigration Bureau has announced the arrest of two Vietnamese nationals who pickpocketed a Japanese family at the Loy Krathong festival in Chiang Mai last week.
— Bangkok Post

DJ Man, wife Baitoey deny connection to owner of Forex-3D
Pattanapon DJ Man Kunjara Na Ayudhaya and his singer-wife Suteewan Baitoey Taveeesin have told investigators they were not business partners with the owner of online broker Forex-3D, who is accused of a multi-billion-baht fraud.
— Bangkok Post

Eat, Shop, Spend campaign – Phase 3 full, unless you’re over 60
A Thai government spokesperson says Phase 3 of the hugely popular economic stimulus program “Eat, Shop, Spend” (Chim Shop Chai), is now fully subscribed, although spaces still remain open to allow those Thais over 60 to sign up.
— The Thaiger

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

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

Cycle lane to get safety upgrade
City Hall is working with civic groups to improve the elevated bicycle lane connecting Lumpini and Benjakitti parks following complaints of safety blind spots.
— Bangkok Post

Two-timing husband returns with winning lottery ticket. Everyone’s happy…hmmmm
Man flees with the winning ticket. Wife files report with police. Now the couple are back together again and smiling for the media.
— The Thaiger

Worker detains a man who was filming him in petrol station toilets
Laem Chabang police in Chon Buri were called to a petrol station in Sri Racha after an office worker caught a man trying to take photos of him in the stations’ public toilets.
— The Thaiger


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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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