Thailand morning news for November 4

Thailand morning news for November 4
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Prayut asks US to reconsider trade preferences cut
Thailand has asked the United States to reconsider Washington’s decision to cut some Thai products from its list of low-tariff imports under the Generalized System of Preferences.
— Bangkok Post

RCEP delay, India doubts, China plea, split world fears: Asean update
Meetings hosted by the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations resumed on Sunday with doubts emerging on whether the weekend would see a breakthrough in talks on the world’s largest regional trade pact.
— Bangkok Post

BioThai Foundation object to planned review of glyphosate ban
BioThai Foundation director Vithoon Lienchamroon has voice his objection to a reported attempt by the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) to review the ban on the glyphosate herbicide.
— Thai PBS News

Thai PM cites importance of Asean, external partner tie-ups
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Saturday said fostering greater relations with other economic blocs and groups will ensure the achievement and sustainability of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations’ (Asean) goals.
— Philippine News Agency

Asean ready to work with all for prosperity: Prayut
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has pledged that Asean will continue to be “a friend to all, enemy to none” by seeking to boost sustainable security and economic growth.
— Bangkok Post

India, Thailand decide to boost defence cooperation
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Thai counterpart Prayut Chan-o-cha on Sunday agreed to enhance bilateral cooperation in the defence industries sector and explore possibility of boosting trade ties during their talks on the sidelines of the Asean Summit.
— The Times of India

“India’s Northeast To Become Gateway to Southeast Asia”: PM Modi In Thailand
Prime Minister Narendra Modi celebrated the growing importance of India on the international stage during an event held in Bangkok today, claiming that the country’s values will shape the world in the years to come.
— NDTV (video)

PM calls for peace and economic growth as key approaches at 35th ASEAN Summit
We’ll start off our show with this weekend’s biggest event in Thailand. Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has officially inaugurated the 35th ASEAN Summit, praising the bond of ASEAN and its partners while voicing concerns for global economic slowdown and several environmental problems.
— Newsline (video)

No single government can be credited for deep ties between India and Thailand: PM Modi
No single government can be credited for the deep friendship and close ties between India and Thailand, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Saturday.
— New Kerala

PM confirms Thailand-ASEAN ready to cooperate with UN to push for sustainable development goals
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha met with Antonio Guterres, the United Nations Secretary-General, during the 35th ASEAN Summit and Related Summits to confirm Thailand and ASEAN’s commitment toward achieving sustainable development goals.
— Newsline (video)

More rare diseases to be covered by universal healthcare scheme
Twenty-four rare diseases have been slated to be covered by the Gold Card healthcare program in Thailand next year, following a decision by the National Health Insurance Commission.
— Newsline (video)

Economic Watch: China, Thailand expect more cooperation, business opportunities
China and Thailand have long engaged in friendly relations and trade cooperation and are looking forward to further development in their ties alongside strengthening regional cooperation.
— Xxinhuanet

Thai PM bats for closer partnership beyond Asean
Thailand Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha highlighted the importance of stronger ties among members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (Asean) as well as the bloc’s trading partners to realize the group’s goal beyond the region.
— Philippine News Agency

Thailand: 4 Important Infectious Diseases in 2019
In this video, I look at four important infectious diseases in Thailand in 2019–Streptococcus suis infections, melioidosis, dengue fever and chikungunya.
— Outbreak News Today

Thailand supports Vietnam as ASEAN chair in 2020
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said Thailand stands ready to support Vietnam as chair of ASEAN in 2020 and thanked Vietnam for supporting Thailand as this year’s ASEAN chair.
— Newsline (video)

Campaigns ramping up to end of single use plastic
Additional campaigns have been launched to promote convenience stores and shopping malls abolishing the use of single-use plastic bags starting January 1, 2020, with one competition offering a 1 million baht prize.
— Newsline (video)

PM Prayut highlights ‘sustainability’ in opening of ASEAN Business and Investment Summit 2019
Thai Prime Minister Gen Prayuth Chan-ocha on Saturday delivered an opening remark at the ASEAN Business and Investment Summit (ABIS), highlighting ‘sustainability’ in the private sectors as part of the government’s “Thailand 4.0” policy drive.
— Newsline (video)

Thai companies need better governance as foreign funds pour in
As the Thai market matures and attracts more overseas money, companies are being held to higher standards of corporate governance, owing to the close scrutiny of asset quality by long-term international investors.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Morrison meets with China in Bangkok to sort out ‘issues’
An hour after touching down in bustling Bangkok, Scott Morrison was behind closed doors with a powerful and peeved trading partner.

Thailand’s critically endangered dugongs keep dying and humans are to blame
For as long as any local villager remembers, dugongs have found a home in the waters around Koh Libong, an island in the Andaman Sea.

Suspect in Rohingya human trafficking arrested after four years on the run
One of the key suspects, wanted by the police for alleged involvement in the trafficking of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar into southern Thailand four years ago, has been arrested in Cambodia and handed over to Thai immigration police.
— Thai PBS News

Some elevated road tolls to rise B5-15 from Dec 22
Motorists using parts of Bangkok’s elevated tollway system will have to pay higher tolls — an extra 5-15 baht — starting Dec 22, said Highways Department director-general Sarawut Songsiwilai.
— Bangkok Post

A win-win solution of the future
A circular economy is basically a system which uses advanced technology to eliminate waste by re-using it as a resource.
— Thai PBS News

PM Prayut calls for “new growth paradigm” for ASEAN
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning called for a new “growth paradigm” for ASEAN to face mounting challenges and uncertainties and a conclusion of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership within this year to stimulate economic growth and trade.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Meteorological Department warns of “cold” temperatures next 24 hours, dropping to 22 C.
40 percent of the greater Bangkok area will be hit by strong winds and rain, with temperatures dropping to 22-23oC in the morning, according to the Meteorological Department’s weather forecast covering 24 hours from 6pm on Sunday.
— The Pattaya News

Prayut highlights EEC at ASEAN business forum
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha this morning used the annual ASEAN business and investment forum to reiterate Thailand’s commitment to bringing the country’s economic development to a new level through his government’s “Thailand 4.0” initiative with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) as its major driving force.
— Thai PBS News

ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 5
Khun Winittha Jitkree will take the audience to the main river in Manila, which is also the main source of water, take a look at the way of life and,…
— Thai PBS News

Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya courageous – Super Poll
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is the Thai people’s favourite cabinet minister, while Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth is the most courageous for her protection of national interests, according to Super Poll director Noppadol Kannikar.
— Thai PBS News

Suspect confesses in “refrigerator murder” case
A 39 year old man is currently assisting police with their enquiries over the ‘Chiang Mai refrigerator murder’ and was arrested in Chiang Mai on Friday.
— The Thaiger

PM Mahathir opposes separatism in Thailand’s deep South
Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohammad is supportive of Thailand’s efforts to resolve unrest in the deep South of the country through peaceful means and opposes any desires for separatism.
— Thai PBS News

Minister Jurin urges closer cooperation to harness digital potential
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Commerce Jurin Laksanawisit this morning called for a strengthening of cooperation between the public and private sectors in the ASEAN countries to face challenges from the digital revolution that is now affecting every facet of life.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand looks to Indian arrivals for new wave of tourism
With two million Indian tourists expected for this year, reports in both Thai and English language media claim visitors from India are ‘set to transform’ Thailand’s tourism landscape.
— The Thaiger

Anti fake news website is now live
The Anti-Fake News Centre, created by the Digital Economy and Society Ministry, opened last Friday and is now available to access online.
— The Thaiger

PM signals more stimulus packages to lift Thai economy
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says Thailand needs more measures to boost the local economy. He made the remark during the meeting of the Council of the Economic Ministers on Friday.
— The Thaiger

Somkid asks Japan to help clinch RCEP
Thailand has urged Japan to help finalise the long-delayed Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP), talks for which are expected to be completed by the end of this year.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut pushes for seamless Malaysia border
Thailand and Malaysia have agreed to push for seamless transport of overland cargo across the southern border, according to government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.
— Bangkok Post

Rayong steel company suspends operations due to lack of demand
Nippon Steel Steel Processing (Thailand) Company, in Rayong province, has announced a temporary suspension of its operations starting November 9th, citing a steady drop in sales.
— Thai PBS News

NGO Asks Foreign Gov’ts to Pressure Thailand for Its Rights Violations
The Thai authorities on Friday declined to respond to a civil rights group’s calling upon foreign governments to press Thailand due to its poor human rights records.
— Khaosod English

Appeals Court increases prison sentences for Rohingya human traffickers
The Appeals Court on Thursday upheld the convictions of, and lengthened the sentences for a former army general, several police officers and local officials all found guilty of trafficking Rohingya illegal migrants.
— Thai PBS News

Thai public asked for views on hemp legalization for industrial and medicinal purposes
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul is urging members of the publicto give their opinions about a draft ministerial regulation, which would allow each household to grow upto 0.06 hectares of hemp plants.
— Thai PBS News

Roi Et protesters clash with authorities at sugar mill hearing
As the government is pushing for a massive expansion of sugarcane and the construction of 29 new sugar mills in the Northeast, many communities are pushing back. But others welcome the development projects, hoping for a boost of local economies.
— Isaan Record

Thai Airways chairman resigns as company struggles
Thai Airways has disclosed that its chairman has resigned as the carrier struggles with financial challenges.
— Pattaya Mail

New air routes launched between Vietnam, Thailand
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc attended the launching ceremonies of new air routes between Vietnam and Thailand on November 2, on the occasion of his attendance at the 35th summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and related summits in Bangkok.
— Vietnamplus

A 58-year-old Israeli man was extradited from Thailand back to Israel where he will be questioned about his alleged involvement in an assault on a minor in Kfar Yedidia in northern Israel.
— The Jerusalem Post

ASEAN delegations served Thai delicacies
To promote its traditional cuisine, Thailand, the host of the 35th ASEAN Summit, held a reception dinner for country leaders and foreign delegates. Special delicacies on the menu consisted of four courses created by Chef Chumpol Jangprai.
— Newsline (video)

Thai king creates boot camp-style ‘unity’ courses
Thousands of civil servants, police and teachers are being sent to a military camp in Thailand for intensive training in community service and loyalty to the monarchy, according to the Royal Palace and interviews with trainees and organisers.

Body of missing Belarus swimmer found at Nai Thon Beach, Phuket
The body of the missing Belarus man has finally been found at Nai Thon Beach, Phuket, after going missing four days ago.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya Police raid local markets for Vaping equipment and illegal dental and fashion orthodontics gear, Vaping crackdown continues
Only a few hours after their law enforcement partners in Banglamung and Nongprue raided a house whose owner was allegedly selling banned vaping equipment over social media Pattaya police launched a raid at Threpprasit Market looking for pirated goods and vaping equipment.
— The Pattaya News

Top 10 rules to avoid an elephant squishing your car
After the video of a bull elephant sitting on a car whilst it was trying to drive through Khao Yai National Park in Nakhon Ratchasima went viral, officials have come up with 10 rules to follow when confronted by a wild elephant who has an unnatural attraction to your car.
— The Thaiger

Survey reveals Chim-Shop-Chai scheme to be the Thai people’s favourite government project
The Thai government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) domestic tourism promotion scheme has won the approval of most respondents to a Bangkok Poll, conducted by the Research Centre of Bangkok University.
— Thai PBS News

Thai cave reopens for visitors after Wild Boars rescue
Thailand has reopened the cave where 12 young footballers and their coach were trapped last year in a saga that captivated the world.

Bangkok and Sukhothai join UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network
Bangkok and Sukhothai have been included among 66 new members of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN) in the latest listing published on October 30th.
— Thai PBS News

Scammer ‘Mae Manee’ Built Fake Gold Store to Fool Victims, Police Say
A woman wanted for allegedly running a ponzi scheme that scammed nearly 3,000 people out of 820 million baht is still on the run, police said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand rolls toward another big political climax
It will be a very tense build-up to November 20. Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has taken his gloves off as he awaits a verdict that will not only determine his future but also dictate the political course of Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

Avani explores capital’s eastern promise
Avani Hotels & Resorts, the hospitality brand under Minor Hotels, is opening a new hotel in eastern Bangkok, the Avani Sukhumvit Bangkok, in a bid to draw travellers from the world of Mice (meetings, incentives, conferences, exhibitions).
— Bangkok Post property

Hat Yai hotel security guard nabbed for stealing tourist’s car
A security guard at the Regency Hotel in Hat Yai city was arrested on Sunday for stealing the car of a Malaysian guest, police said.
— Bangkok Post


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits, Bangkok, November 2-4,  2019


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).



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John Le Fevre

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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