Thailand morning news for November 26

Thailand morning news for November 26

Thailand morning newsThai air pollution crisis spiralling out of control
Leading academics say the Thai government is simply not equipped to prevent the air pollution crisis “spinning out of control”.
— The Thaiger

Health minister says no further delay to Dec 1st ban on farm chemicals
Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul reiterated today that there will be no delay to the enforcement of the ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, which will come into effect on December 1st.
— Thai PBS News

Employment rate for the third quarter falls 2.1 percent
The employment rate in the non-farming sector, for the third quarter of this year, has fallen by 2.3% whereas, in the farming sector, it has fallen by 1.8%, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB)
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand may cut rate again in 2020: economists
Economists foresee further cuts in Thailand’s policy interest rate next year — but not next month — after the central bank governor said policy makers are prepared to act if economic growth worsens, though will avoid taking interest rates below zero.
— Bangkok Post

Three MoUs signed with S Korea during PM’s visit to S Korea
Three memoranda of understanding (MoU) were signed today between South Korea and Thailand during Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s official visit to the country, taking place from November 24th to November 27th.
— Thai PBS News

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Race for charter study panel chairmanship heats up
Pheu Thai Party strategist Pokin Polakul is tipped to be nominated by the opposition bloc as head of a special House committee to study charter amendments.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Tourism Authority announces huge gains in tourism for October, on track for 39 million for year, led by India, China, Korea…
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 the Thai tourism Authority announced this week.
— The Pattaya News

SEA Games 2019: Thailand coach Akira Nishino lambastes tournament organizers for inadequate facilities
SEA Games 2019 tournament organizers have come under immense scrutiny in the last few days with several inadequacies coming to the surface.
— FOX Sports

Thailand and Korea vow to boost tech ties
Thailand’s Prime Minister and the President of Korea held a summit recently with the aims of developing cooperation between the two countries.
— OpenGov

Thailand Will Use Blockchain Technology to Monitor Agro Products
Thailand’s Trade Policy and Strategy and Office (TPOS) has announced that a blockchain technology-based project is in the pipeline for monitoring export quality agricultural products.
— CryptoNewsZ

Cryptocurrency regulations in Thailand to undergo amendments
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) is planning to make several significant tweaks in the existing cryptocurrency regulations in Thailand, in an attempt to keep up with a rapid pace of developments surrounding the field and facilitate the growth of digital assets in the space.
— Cryptopolitan

Thailand’s Education Ministry Planning Massive Training Overhaul
Thailand’s Education Ministry has announced its planning a massive overhaul of vocational and technical courses in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Will U.S. Trade Restrictions Force Thailand to Clean Up Its Fishing Industry?
In late October, the Trump administration announced the suspension of more than $1 billion in trade preferences for Thailand’s fishing industry due to rampant violations of human rights, particularly among migrant laborers who work in the sector.

German Investment in Thailand Expected to Continue
Thailand has seen an influx of German investment over the past few years. This encapsulates both German imports and exports to and from Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

PM courts S Korean money for EEC plan
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday urged South Korean businesses to invest in Thailand, especially in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.
— Bangkok Post

Thai gov’t mulling tax incentives for long-term equity investments
The Thai Ministry of Finance was set to decide on Monday on tax incentives for long-term equity investment.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Unemployment records Q3 increase
The unemployment rate in the third quarter edged up from the same period last year and the previous quarter because of a slowing economy, floods in the Northeast and drought in some parts of the country.
— Bangkok Post

Govt moving ahead with rail plan
A new Blue Line extension from Tao Pun to Tha Phra, which is set to open for a trial run next month, is one of 10 electric rail routes under a state plan to optimise public transport in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Online child abuse is being exploited as a business opportunity by budding Thai porn barons
The arrest of a child pornography site administrator in Chiang Mai on Saturday shows disturbingly that online child abuse is a growing business in Thailand as police learned that Thai investors had purchased the child pornography platform as a lurid business venture.

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Southeast Asia Payments Startup Raises $52 Million for Expansion
Southeast Asian payments platform 2C2P Pte, which helps airlines, travel companies and online shopping malls handle payments from customers in the region, has raised $52 million from investors including the World Bank’s International Finance Corp., Cento Ventures and Arbor Ventures to fund expansion.
— Bloomberg

China-owned MG challenges Japanese dominance of SE Asian auto market
Cars produced under the long-established British-brand MG by a joint venture between China’s SAIC Motor and Thailand’s conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Group are racing ahead.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Honda debuts new City in Thailand for 2020
B-segment sedan becomes cheaper in price thanks to new turbo engine improving fuel economy and lowering CO2 emissions.
— Bangkok Post

Tourist cruiser towed to shore by Thai authorities after being stranded on rocks
The Royal Thai Navy said on Monday that a tourist cruiser got stuck on the rocks near Phi Phi Island in Thailand’s South in the very early hours of Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand, France dominate petanque world championship
The teams from petanque powerhouses Thailand and France dominated the recently-concluded 17th Women’s and Junior Petanque World Championship that Cambodia hosted.
— Khmer Times

Taiwan and Thailand ink deal on agricultural cooperation
A Taiwanese university inked a cooperative deal with a Thai farm located near Bangkok on Sunday (Nov. 24), turning a new page for agricultural cooperation between the two countries.
— Taiwan News

Survey Reveals “Greed” the Main Reason for Ponzi Schemes in Thailand
A resent survey has revealed respondents blamed “greed” for getting involved in Ponzi schemes or Pyramid scams in Thailand. Investment into oil, gold and foreign currency scams were most common.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand joins UNESCO media meeting
Thai delegates have joined a media committee meeting for UNESCO’s 40th Session of the General Conference in Paris, France, expressing their support for UNESCO’s organization of the Global Media and Information Literacy Week earlier this year.
— Pattaya Mail

Airports to host 5G service by next May
Commercial 5G wireless broadband service is to be launched at Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports by May 2020 as the first sites for ultra-fast wireless internet adoption in the country, says the telecom regulator.
— Bangkok Post

Cruise ship limps into Phuket after hitting a reef
The 4,000 ton cruise ship La Belle des Océans arrived safely in Phuket on Monday after running aground on a reef in the Andaman Sea overnight and being escorted into port by a Thai navy vessel.
— Bangkok Post

2C2P receives US$52M funding from IFC, Cento Ventures, Arbor Ventures, focussing on expansion
Thai payments platform startup 2C2P announces that it has raised US$52 million in new funding from IFC, Cento Ventures, and Arbor Ventures.
— e27

Thai man allegedly dismembers his own mother, puts into fridge and then shoots himself in Bangkok
The dismembered body of a woman has been found in a refrigerator and her son was found shot in the head at a house in Bangkok.
— The Pattaya News

Court rejects DSI request to revoke bail of ex-park chief Chaiwat
The Criminal Court for Corruption Cases has rejected a request, from the Department of Special Investigation, to withdraw the bail of former Kaeng Krachan park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson and three other suspects, allegedly involved in the murder of Karen community rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen about five years ago.
— Thai PBS News

Airlines turn noses up at Thai pilots
Thai pilots are failing to find work after graduation despite high global demand in the aviation industry, the Civil Aviation Training Centre president said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Three people arrested after exchanging 1.2 million baht of fake US dollars in Pattaya
Three Thai suspects have been arrested yesterday after exchanging fake US dollar bank notes for 1.2 million baht in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

FDA seizes cannabis jelly, cosmetics
The Food and Drug Administration seized about 1,000 products with cannabis content — jelly, cosmetics and vape oil — worth about 10 million baht from an online vendor in Chiang Mai province.
— Bangkok Post

Migrant workers in Thailand injured in truck crash
Twelve migrant workers and three children were injured in a traffic accident in Thailand’s Sa Kaeo province on Sunday night.
— Khmer Times

Collection of amulets, images of revered historical Thai monk on show in Phuket Town
An impressive collection of amulets, carvings and other artworks honouring Somdet Phutthachanto Phromrangsi, one of Thailand’s most revered historical Buddhist monks, is open to public viewing at Wat Khao Rang Samakkhitham, located atop Khao Rang Hill in Phuket Town.
— The Phuket News

Panthongtae Shinawatra acquitted of money laundering charges
The Central Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct has acquitted Thaksin Shinawatra’s son, Panthongtae Shinawatra, of money laundering.
— The Thaiger

Movie About Thai Rescuing Rohingya to Screen at Film Fest
Thailand’s only film to win Best Film at the Venice Film Festival will have a rare screening in the country this Friday.
— Khaosod English

Panthongtae acquitted of money laundering charge
The Criminal Court for Corruption Cases today acquitted the son of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, Panthongtae, of charges of money laundering involving a 10-million baht cheque, transferred to…
— Thai PBS News

Super Poll hits back at Pheu Thai deputy spokeswoman
Super Poll Research Office director Dr. Noppadol Kannikar has defended himself and his organization against an allegation, made by Pheu Thai deputy spokeswoman Sunisa Thivakorndamrong, that Super Poll is unreliable.
— Thai PBS News

TLAA urges loosening investment rules
The Thai Life Assurance Association (TLAA) has called for the Office of Insurance Commission (OIC) to relax rules to broaden investment opportunities for life insurers, enabling them to cope with a prolonged low-rate environment.
— Bangkok Post

Man found dead after falling from train in Surat Thani
A man has been found dead under a railway bridge in the southern province of Surat Thani. Police say he is believed to have fallen to his death from a train.
— The Thaiger

SEC to amend decree on digital asset businesses
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) plans to amend the royal decree on digital asset businesses next year, aiming to facilitate the growth of digital assets while protecting investors from unnecessary risk.
— Bangkok Post

Fetco lobbies for tax rejig
The Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations (Fetco) has called for the Finance Ministry to review a proposal to cap the combined tax-deductible contributions for retirement mutual funds (RMFs), the new tax-saving funds to be a substitute for long-term equity funds (LTFs) and provident funds at 500,000 baht per tax year.
— Bangkok Post

Relatives of child who survived horrific crash that killed his parents and sibling claim magical amulet saved his life in Sattahip
Relatives of a young child who survived a horrific car crash and explosion just outside of Pattaya this weekend believe a special amulet given to the child by his grandparents saved his life, they told the media yesterday afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

Pope’s Cousin Takes Star Turn in Thailand as Papal Whisperer
She made him wait for her while she chatted with Thailand’s king and queen. She chided him for only visiting Bangkok and not the “real Thailand.” And she got a chuckle out of “Jorge” when she took her time translating his off-the-cuff Spanish for local priests and nuns to understand.
— Khaosod English

Officials Say Gov’t MP Poultry Farm Encroaches on Public Land
Forest officials on Monday said they confiscated a chicken farm owned by a coalition politician for intruding on public lands.
— Khaosod English

Swiss score two firsts at the Laguna Phuket Triathlon
Strong performances by Swiss’ athletes Ruedi Wild and Imogen Simmonds gave them firsts at the 26th Laguna Phuket Triathlon yesterday (November 24).
— The Thaiger

Police Say Ambulance Driver Dozes Off, Killing Patient
An ambulance en route to deliver a patient home struck into a tree on Monday morning, killing the patient and wounding her relatives, police said.
— Khaosod English

Gin khao! Annual monkey buffet in Lopburi Province
Monkeys in the Lopburi province in central Thailand have enjoyed an annual buffet nicknamed the Tarzan Monkey Party.
— The Thaiger

Royal Forest Dept. to sue MP Pareena for forest trespass
The Royal Forest Department will file charges against Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, for allegedly trespassing on national forest reserves in the Chom Bung district of Ratchaburi province.
— Thai PBS News

Belgian man arrested in Pattaya, wanted for assault charges in North Thailand
Immigration police on regular duties in Pattaya arrested a 54 year old Belgian national at an apartment building in Moo 5, Nong Prue, Pattaya. The suspect was named in a warrant issued in Kamphaeng Phet for serious physical assault.
— The Pattaya News


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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.

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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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