Thailand morning news for November 25

Thailand morning news for November 25
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Govt preps B50bn for stimulus
The Finance Ministry will on Tuesday put forward for cabinet consideration a fresh economic stimulus package to inject at least 50 billion baht into the economy in the final quarter of the year to boost full-year economic growth after a poor third quarter.
— Bangkok Post

Child porn website based in Chiang Mai busted
Chiang Mai police have arrested the operator of a child pornography website in a raid on his condominium in the northern city. Police and the Thailand Internet Crimes Against Children unit apprehended 24 year old Thai national Korakot Chulthong on Saturday.
— The Thaiger

Thailand improves marine pollution ranking
Thailand’s ranking among the 20 biggest marine plastic plastic polluters has improved by four places, from sixth to tenth, as ranked by Mass of Mismanaged Plastic Waste.
— The Thaiger

30th SEA Games: Asean’s elite athletes abandoned at Manila airport (video)
The 2019 SEA Games are getting off to a less than stellar start with incomplete venues, arrangements for volunteers in disarray, with three national Asean football teams left stranded on arrival at Manila airport.
— AEC News Today

Govt mulls over paying for new railway in dollars
The cabinet is expected on Tuesday to approve a proposal to pay for the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway in US dollars in line with a recommendation from China.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Shouldn’t Go for Negative Rates, Central Bank Head Says
Thailand has a limited space to deliver a “strong dose” of monetary policy, central bank Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said as he cautioned against negative interest rates.
— Bloomberg

Thais cut spending at time of economic hardship: Poll
Thai people have reduced their spending to survive the country’s economic difficulties, a belt-tightening exacerbated by political and social fears, according to the result of a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

MOPH prepares for return of PM2.5 particulate pollution in December
The Ministry of Public Health has adopted a set of preventive measures to deal with the anticipated return of PM2.5 dust particles to Bangkok, its suburbs and other provinces during the cold season, when air circulation is slower.
— Thai PBS News

SEA Games: Thailand Football Association complains about repeated, limited food ration
While the country’s Southeast Asian Games hosting this year is marred by controversy, another problem emerged on Sunday morning after the Thailand Football Association complained about their food rations.
— Manila Bulletin

Political indifference fuels air-pollution crisis
There is no way of putting it, say leading academics, other than that this government is ill-equipped to stop the air pollution crisis from spiralling out of control.
— Bangkok Post

Explanation demanded from Agriculture Department over chemical ban delay
The Department of Agriculture has been ordered to explain, in writing, its sudden about-turn by now asking for an additional six months to offload residual stocks of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.
— Thai PBS News

Chemicals ban row set to escalate
Opposition to the state’s ban on three harmful herbicides looks set to escalate as farmers gear up to defy an order to hand over the chemicals to authorities amid plans for a rally on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Tit-for-tat battle between Future Forward and Palang Pracharat MPs begins
In what was seen as the possible start of a tit-for-tat battle between the Government and Opposition camps, the Future Forward party is to ask the Election Commission (EC) to check the qualifications of government coalition Palang Pracharat party-list MP Ms. Watanya Wong-opasee.
— Thai PBS News

Thaksin’s acquittal in TPI case upheld by Supreme Court panel of judges
A panel of nine Supreme Court judges today upheld the acquittal, delivered by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders on fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, in connection with the rehabilitation plan for the financially-troubled Thai Petrochemical Industry (TPI) about 16 years ago.
— Thai PBS News

False killer whale beached in Pattaya has died
Officials from Thailand’s Department of Marine and Coastal Resources now have the necessary first-aid equipment, vehicles and support team always ready to deal with marine creatures in difficulty, after two false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens), a member of the dolphin family, were found beached in the eastern provinces of Trat and Chon Buri this month.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand set to welcome 39 million tourists
With just two months to the end of the year, Thailand is now set to score more than 39 million arrivals by the end of the year, based on the current performance for January to October.
— TTR Weekly

Bank of Thailand ‘ready to act’ if GDP growth disappoints
THE Bank of Thailand is prepared to use monetary policy if economic growth disappoints, its governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said.
— The Business Times

Decree out for Khon Kaen by-election
A royal decree for a by-election in Constituency 7 of Khon Kaen has been issued. It was published in the Royal Gazette on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward leader Thanathorn to continue political role outside parliament
Future Forward Party leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, pledged to continue his political role outside the parliament.
— Newsline (video)

Health Ministry prepares haze prevention measures for this winter
As a precautionary measure, ahead of an expected increase in the concentration of PM 2.5 airborne dust, the Ministry of Public Health ordered related agencies to be prepared for elevated levels of dust in the air, due to high air pressure in December.
— Newsline (video)

Domestic violence cases on the rise in Thailand
It was meant to be the happiest time in Fon’s life.

People are Tightening their Belts and Reducing Spending in Thailand
People are tightened their belts and reduced their spending in order to survive the country’s growing economic difficulties in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

BoT boss admits baht too high
Bank of Thailand governor Veerathai Santiprabhob admits the baht has appreciated at a rate which exceeds the economic fundamentals, saying that interest rate cuts are no longer “strong medicine” that can cure it.
— Bangkok Post

Thai bank eases foreign exchange rules
Thailand’s central bank said it would ease rules governing the foreign exchange market and international reserves, according to a report posted on at the weekend.
— TTR Weekly

Forum hears of migrants’ plight
Female migrant workers in Thailand are vulnerable to abuse and exploitation and often end up working long arduous hours in the toughest sectors for sub-standard wages, a forum was told on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Kobsak: Thailand looking at stimulus measures to boost economy
AS Thailand suffers from the trade war and a slowing global economy, it needs fresh year end economic stimulus measures to help boost the nation’s economic growth to reach forecasted figures.
— New Straits Times

TAT launches Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges to boost spending by foreign tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges project to stimulate travel spending by foreign tourists from now to January 31 next year.
— Pattaya Mail

Can TV survive in Thailand?
Recently, the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission unveiled a comprehensive study on Thai media habits.
— The Asean Post

Travel Wallet YouTrip Sees Unstoppable Thai Baht as Opportunity
YouTrip, the provider of a multi-currency travel wallet service in Asia, thinks it could be a beneficiary of Thailand’s high-flying baht.
— Yahoo Finance

B100m seized from Forex-3D suspects
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) on Saturday revealed it was able to seize more than 100 million baht in assets from those accused of being behind an online broker Forex-3D scam.
— Bangkok Post

Digital Ministry holds Anti Fake News Center operational meeting
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) held a brainstorming workshop, with some 200 agencies, to enhance the operations of the Anti Fake News Center, after the center has received verification requests for some 500,000 online messages so far .
— Newsline (video)

“EAZY Running of the Brides 8” running contest held in Bangkok, Thailand
Brides-to-be in wedding dresses take part in the “EAZY Running of the Brides 8” running contest in Bangkok, Thailand, Nov. 24, 2019.
— Xinhuanet

Visiting Thailand? Here are the dos and don’ts
Planning a holiday to Thailand? These handy tips will help you prepare better for your next international trip.
— The Indian Express

NEWSLINE Special : Khon Masked Performance of Thailand
The Royal Khon season in Thailand each year brings new stories and even more extravagant stage presentations. NBT World takes you on an inside look into the making of the biggest Khon performance of 2019.
— Newsline (video)

Phang Nga to install CCTV cameras to help protect leatherback sea turtles’ eggs
The southern coastal province of Phang Nga is to install closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras to monitor leatherback sea turtle nesting around the clock.
— Newsline (video)

Part of Pareena’s chicken farm seized
RATCHABURI: Officials on Sunday seized part of the land owned by Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) MP Pareena Kraikupt on suspicion of encroachment on a national reserve.
— Bangkok Post

New unit set up to oversee special ops
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) has established a new special weapons and tactics (Swat) unit to replace a commando unit that has been reassigned to provide security for His Majesty the King and other members of the royal family.
— Bangkok Post

BoT ponders more ways to tame baht
The Bank of Thailand says it is preparing to ease rules governing the foreign-exchange market and international reserves, giving it more scope to tackle the baht’s strength following a series of interest-rate cuts.
— Bangkok Post

Traders want six more months to offload residual banned farm chemicals
Thailand’s Department of Agriculture is to ask for an additional six months, until 1st June 2020, to divest themselves of 38,000 tons of residual paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, before the legal ban takes effect.
— Thai PBS News

British fugitive extradited to the UK after being nabbed in Thailand last month
A British fugitive, who caused 140,000 pounds (GBP) of damage in a ram-raid in Devon, UK , has been extradited back to Britain after 18 months on the run in Thailand, following an arrest late last month.
— The Thaiger

Two suspects in Yala’s November 5 deadly attacks, shot and killed
Authorities have shot and killed two men suspected in deadly attacks in southern Thailand earlier this month. Fifteen people, mostly volunteers, staffing a security checkpoint in Yala province were shot and killed when it was ambushed by gunmen.
— The Thaiger

Will Street Protests Return if Future Forward is Disbanded?
Dissolution of Future Forward Party or jailing of its leader may not elicit any protest from its supporters at all, veteran activists said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Man pulls BB gun on van driver carrying Russian tourists in road rage incident, apologizes at Pattaya Police Station
A 31 year old Thai man in a fit of road rage pulled out a BB gun on a van driver carrying Russian tourists in busy traffic on Second Road in Jomtien this weekend which was caught on a video that went viral on social media.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Police hold meeting and pledge better management of traffic for High Season due to road construction
This afternoon Pattaya Police, led by Police Col. Thanaphong Pho Thirat, the director of the Pattaya City Police Station, held a meeting with dozens of traffic police to set the course for the next few weeks as Pattaya officially enters an expected busy high season.
— The Pattaya News

Philippines apologises over SEA Games mess
Southeast Asian Games host the Philippines apologised on Sunday (Nov 24) after some arriving athletes were left stranded for hours at the airport or were driven to the wrong hotel, a logistical snafu that drew criticism just days before the competition starts.

Representative of the owner of collapsed building visits the victims in Phuket
Phuket Hotnews On November 23, the owner of the petrol station project, where the concrete structure collapsed on Thursday, killing 7 people and injuring two, sent a representative of the project to visit the injured and the families of the deceased.
— The Thaiger

Motorcycle thieves arrested in Patong
Phuket Patong Police arrested three men in the seaside city with motorbikes that had been stolen. It appears the group has been stealing motorcycles around Patong since November 20.
— The Thaiger

Arrest warrants issued over Phuket building collapse which killed seven
halang District police yesterday issued an arrest warrant for the owner of a construction company responsible for the collapse of a building under construction in Thalang, Phuket, according to online news portal Matichon.
— The Thaiger

Peace in the valley
When the fog blankets the sleepy valley of Mae Chaem in Chiang Mai province in early November, locals brave the cold to prepare for one of their most important traditional celebrations.
— Bangkok Post travel

Young Thai Catholics Say They Live Peacefully as Minority
Young Thai Catholics said Friday they saw no conflict between their national identity and their adopted “foreign” faith, as Pope Francis wrapped up his visit to Thailand with a youth mass.
— Khaosod English

Dr. Warong formally joins Ruam Palang Prachachart party
Former Democrat MP Dr. Warong Dejkitvigrom, a frequent critic of the Future Forward party and its leader, has officially joined the Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai party.
— Thai PBS News

Minimum tour package prices set
Minimum prices for tour packages to discourage price wars and root out substandard travel operators are scheduled to take effect next year, according to the Tourism Department.
— Bangkok Post travel

Russian man newly arrived on holiday falls in bathroom and dies in Jomtien
Na Jomtien- this afternoon in Na Jomtien after falling in the bathroom at his rental house. The man, Mr. Sergei Borisov, had gone to take a shower according to his friends who were travelling with him.
— The Pattaya News

Top 10 hard truths of living as an expat in Thailand
There will be bumps along the way between your visits to the beach, bar and immigration office (sometimes the bumps will be at the beach, bar and immigration office).
— The Thaiger

River Kwai Bridge Festival opens
The annual River Kwai Bridge Festival and the Red Cross Fair was opened on Saturday and will run until Dec 2.
— 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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