Thailand morning news for November 7

Thailand morning news for November 7
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PM refuses ex-Cambodian opposition leader Sam Rainsy entry into Thailand
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has made clear that Cambodia’s former opposition leader Sam Rainsy will be refused entry to Thailand on his way to the Cambodian border town of Poipet to celebrate Cambodia’s Independence Day on November 9th.
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand cuts interest rate to record low
The Bank of Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on Wednesday voted to cut the policy interest rate to a record low of 1.25% in a bid to boost Thailand’s economic growth impetus and support a targeted increase in headline inflation.
— Bangkok Post

American Who Fled Pattaya Court Kills Himself, 2 Accomplices Arrested
A manhunt for drug suspects who staged a dramatic breakout from a Pattaya court came to an end Wednesday with one of the fugitives committing suicide and police arresting the other two.
— Khaosod English

16 areas in Bangkok and suburbs at risk of smog today
An unhealthy level of smog is reported in 16 areas of Bangkok and two neighbouring provinces today,according to a bulletin from the Department of Pollution Control released via its Facebook page at 7amthis morning.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand: at least 15 killed in biggest attack in restive south in years
At least fifteen people were killed and another four injured in attacks by suspected Muslim rebels in Thailand’s violence-wracked south, an army spokesman said on Wednesday, the largest death toll in years.
— The Guardian

Foreign investment applications rise 69% in first nine months
Thailand continues attracting foreign direct investment, with applications rising 69% in the first nine months of 2019, according the Board of Investment (BOI).
— The Thaiger

Fiscal Policy Office cuts policy rate to 1.25% to boost declining economy
The Fiscal Policy Office of the Bank of Thailand voted 5:2 on Tuesday to slash the benchmark policy rate by 25 points to 1.25% with immediate effect in a bid to boost the slowing Thai economy.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand, China bolster economic ties with three flagship projects
TRADE and investment ties between Thailand and China are expected to be boosted by three upcoming flagship projects.
— New Straits Times

PRD, Xinhua sign MOU on media cooperation
The Thai Public Relations Department (PRD) has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with China’s Xinhua News Agency to cooperate in the fields of information sharing.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Cuts Interest Rate to Record Low to Rein in Surging Baht
The Bank of Thailand cut its benchmark interest rate for the second time in three months and said it will ease rules on outflows to curb a surging currency.
— Bloomberg (paywall)

Pakistan, Thailand to review progress of FTA in Jan 2020
Thailand has submitted a list of around 200 items to be traded between the two countries under the proposed free trade agreement (FTA) and Pakistan’s response and progress is now awaited, said Consul General of Thailand in Karachi Thatree Chauvachata.
— The Express Tribune

More scams emerge as ‘Mae Manee’ probe widens
More online Ponzi scheme cases have emerged as police on Tuesday continued to expand their probe into the multi-million baht ” Mae Manee” Ponzi scheme case.
— Bangkok Post

IMF praises stimulus
Now is a good time for Thailand to implement stimulus measures to rev up its economic growth momentum, weighed down by the global slowdown, given the availability of policy space, says the IMF chief.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM condemns vicious attacks in southern Thailand
Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday expressed his condolences to the 15 dead and the five injured in the vicious attacks by insurgents in the southern Thai province of Yala.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand says EEC projects to set precedent to spur economy
Mega transport projects and emerging investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) will set precedent in spurring economy from next year onward, said Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Fugitive Myanmar Gold Mining Executive Arrested in Thailand
National Prosperity Company (NPC) chair U Soe Tun Shein was arrested in Thailand and extradited to Myanmar on Wednesday after more than a year on the run.
— The Irrawaddy

Chiang Rai holds event to mark World Habitat Day
Officials from the Ministry of Interior have attended an event marking World Habitat Day at the International Convention and Exhibition Center in Chiang Rai province.
— Newsline (video)

US ventures eager to invest in EEC
American entrepreneurs are keen to invest in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), home to 12 targeted industries that are expected to transform Thailand into an innovation-driven economy, says Lavaron Sangsnit, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office and the Finance Ministry’s spokesman.
— Bangkok Post

ACB hails leaders’ commitment to environment, climate action in ASEAN Summit
The ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity (ACB) commended the renewed commitment of the leaders of the ASEAN Member States (AMS) to environmental protection and climate action during the 35th ASEAN Summit and related summits held in Bangkok, Thailand, on 3 November 2019.
— Philippine Information Agency

Thailand Gazettes Decrees Amending Tax Incentives for R&D, International Businesses
The Thai Official Gazette Nov. 1 published royal decrees amending tax incentives for dividend and royalty income.
— Bloomberg Tax

IMF urges BOT to plan monetary policy carefully
Here is another story on IMF visiting Thailand, representatives from the IMF and the Bank of Thailand (BOT) have held a high-level meeting on global economic instabilities, where the former has urged the latter to pursue monetary policies with caution, and implement a long-term strategy to upgrade the manufacturing sector.
— Newsline (video)

Are Thailand’s investments abroad sustainable?
Although Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha announced Thailand’s commitment to the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs) in 2017, outbound investment remains a largely unregulated sector.
— The Asean Post

Why gambling is flourishing in Thailand despite a strict ban
Thailand’s gambling laws remain among the strictest on earth. The Thai government placed a full ban on almost all gambling activities in the country, with two exceptions: the state lottery and horse racing.
— Asean Today

Financial education key to growth
Amid downgrades in economic growth forecasts pressured by protracted global trade uncertainties and strong baht lies a perennial social problem: swelling household debt.
— Bangkok Post

MQDC joins ASEAN Summit’s ‘Advancing Partnership for Sustainability’ with ‘sustainnovation’ concept
Magnolia Quality Development Corporation Limited (MQDC), one of Thailand’s leading property developers, focused on creating well-being for all living beings and committed to sustainable development
— Bangkok Post

IMF delegate and PM discuss sustainable development and climate change
The Prime Minister has welcomed the managing director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) upon her official visit to Thailand to attend the 35th ASEAN Summit.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand extends visa-on-arrival fee waiver until April 2020
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will be extending the free visa-on-arrival for citizens of 20 nations for another six months, from November 1, 2019 until April 30, 2020, after the Thai government greenlit the decision.
— TTG Asia

Can the first unicorn of Thailand be a food-tech startup? These 11 food tech startups are making their cases
The country is yet to see its first unicorn, but the government and Southeast Asia region, in general, have begun to take notice in the country’s burgeoning food tech scene.
— e27

TCEB puts conference support behind four economic corridor projects
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is driving four economic corridor projects, all supporting conferences as a platform to enhance trade and investment with neighbouring countries in the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS).
— Exhibition World

Education Ministry sets to develop Prachinburi as an educational model
The Education Ministry is developing Prachinburi province as an educational model, focusing on providing access to quality education to all people under the concept “leave no one behind”.
— Newsline (video)

Two prisoners escape from Rayong Police station less than one day after Pattaya fugitives caught
At 8:00PM this evening police from the Nikom Phattana Police Station in Rayong reported that two dangerous prisoners have escaped…less than six hours after American Bart Allen Helmus killed himself and two other fugitives were caught who escaped from the Pattaya Provincial Court on Monday.
— The Pattaya News

Prime Minister of Thailand warns against copyright protection scams
The Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has warned people not to infringe copyright protection regulations, after a 15-year-old girl was recently fined 5,000 baht for making floating baskets, ordered by undercover copyright police, featuring copyrighted cartoon characters.
— The Pattaya News

Prayut bars Sam Rainsy as Asean spat spreads
Thailand would not allow entry to Cambodian opposition founder Sam Rainsy, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha said on Wednesday, after the self-exiled dissident said he planned to return to Cambodia via Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Lawmaker Calls for New Thai National Anthem to Include Monarchy
A pro-establishment lawmaker on Wednesday urged the Parliament to abolish the current National Anthem and write a new one that extolls the monarchy.
— Khaosod English

Officials say at least 15 killed in attack in Thailand’s restive south
Suspected separatist insurgents stormed a security checkpoint in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south and killed at least 15 people, including a police officer and many village defence volunteers, security officials said on Wednesday (Nov 6).

Strong Thai baht helps Central Group invest overseas
Whilst the strong baht is a concern for exporters and foreign tourists visiting Thailand, many Thai businesses are reaping the currency advantage and investing overseas with their strong baht.
— The Thaiger

Copyright police sting, arrest 15 year old girl over krathong floats
A 15 year old girl in the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima was arrested and fined 5,000 baht for making krathong baskets showing copyrighted cartoon characters.
— The Thaiger

Trio that escaped Thai court arrested in dramatic shooting
An American drug suspect and his Thai wife who went on the run after they shot and stabbed their way out of a courtroom were apprehended Wednesday, authorities said, with the man shooting his wife and then himself as police closed in.

DSI to take over ‘Mae Manee’ probe
The Royal Thai Police (RTP) will hand over its investigation into the controversial Mae Manee Ponzi scheme to the Department of Special Investigations (DSI) on Thursday next week, as the number of people claiming to be victims rose above 4,000.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand falls to 74th place in EF English Proficiency Index 2019
Thailand’s English proficiency ranking among non-native English speaking countries has dropped for the third consecutive year to 74th out of a total of 100 countries.
— Thai PBS News

Thais urged to spend in new tourism scheme
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is urging all Thais to take part in the Travel Thailand with 100 Baht tourism programme to help spur the economy.
— Bangkok Post

City inspectors sacked for extortion
Three city inspectors, known as thetsakit, have been fired for extorting money from a fruit vendor on the footpath below the BTS Asoke train station.
— Bangkok Post

Thai passengers warned not to write on passports if they wish to travel
Thai-language news outlet Sanook reports that a Thai citizen, travelling as part of a group tour to South Korea, has been refused permission to fly as a result of writing found in the passenger’s passport.
— The Thaiger

NGO, Gov’t Scrambling to Rescue Thai Seamen Stranded in Indonesia
Thai authorities and labor rights group said an effort under way to bring back seven Thai fishing boat workers who had been trapped on an Indonesian island for over a decade.
— Khaosod English

‘Extremely Evil Misconduct’: Thailand’s Palace Intrigue Spills Into View
The denunciations have swirled through Thailand’s gilded palaces with the rhetorical extravagance of a Shakespearean history.
— The New York Times

Pope Francis to Wear Thai Silk Robes with ‘Kanok’ Patterns (Photos)
Pope Francis will don liturgical robes made of Thai silk during his visit to the country in two weeks.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok to move all motorcycle taxi ranks off sidewalks
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration says they will move all motorcycle taxis ranks (also known as “Wins”) off the city’s pavements by the end of this year.
— The Thaiger

Tropical storm, strong winds, headed for Vietnam and Thailand
Thailand’s Meteorological Department has confirmed that a tropical depression over the South China Sea is slowly heading towards Vietnam and expected to hit this weekend.
— The Thaiger

Attack Kills 14 at Yala Security Checkpoint
Thai police say attackers fired into security checkpoints in southern Thailand and killed 14 volunteer officers.
— Khaosod English

Online insurance expected to show growth
Online insurance could be a life preserver amid intense competition for insurance sales products, but the channel needs some time to integrate development for the whole industry, says the regulator.
— Bangkok Post

Garbage in Nern Plub Wan housing estate all cleared
Garbage in Nern Plub Wan housing estate all cleared Nongprue -Garbage at a private housing estate in Nern Plub Wan has been cleared after residents complained yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

Suspects charged for attacking Kuwaiti man at Pattaya Beach, friend of Kuwaiti victim found with drugs in hotel room
Two suspects have been charged for attacking a Kuwaiti man at Pattaya beach.
— The Pattaya News

NHRC condemns insurgent attack on Yala defence volunteer outpost
The National Human Rights Commission today issued a statement condemning southern insurgents for their brutal attack on a village defence volunteer unit in Yala’s Muang district on Tuesday evening, resulting…
— Thai PBS News

Market excavated in hunt for woman’s illicit grave in Chumpon
Land beneath tollets next to a market in this southern province has been excavated after a man told police that he had buried his wife there two years ago.
— Bangkok Post

Princess highlights safety at travel fair
Princess Ubolratana has listed safety for tourists as a priority task for Thailand to improve its tourism industry.
— Bangkok Post


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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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