Thailand morning news for October 10

Thailand morning news for October 10
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DPM Anutin calls on National Hazardous Substances Committee to vote openly
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul today (Wednesday) called on the National Hazardous Substances Committee to vote openly over the ban or restriction on the use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos at its forthcoming meeting.
— Thai PBS News

Myanmar to Appeal to Thai King on Behalf of 2 Death Row Convicts on Oct. 21
Myanmar will this month submit a letter of appeal seeking a Thai royal pardon for two Myanmar workers, Win Zaw Htun and Zaw Lin, who were controversially sentenced to death by the Supreme Court in Bangkok for killing two British backpackers.
— The Irrawaddy

Wrongly accused US Navy vet freed from Thai prison
A US Navy veteran from Texas who spent more than a year locked up in a maximum-security prison in Thailand for a crime he did not commit is finally back home with his family, according to loved ones and a new report.
— New York Post

New giant predatory dinosaur species found in Thailand
Paleontologists have discovered a new genus and species of dinosaur. The remains of the giant predatory dinosaur, named Siamraptor suwati, were recovered from the Khok Kruat Formation, an Early Cretaceous rock formation in northeastern Thailand.

Thailand’s s competitiveness drops to 40th place
Thailand’s ranking on the 2019 Global Competitiveness Index (GCI) has dropped two places to 40th, although it scored 68.1 points, up from last year’s 67.5, said Professor Wilert Phuriwatchara, dean of the Faculty of Commerce and Accountancy at Chulalongkorn University, citing the World Economic Forum report.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s tax collectors facing falling income are readying to pounce on the internet next year
Thailand’s Revenue officials are grappling with the challenge of how to widen the kingdom’s current tax base to meet ambitious government programmes as the downturn in the Thai economy has now impacted tax receipts which were buoyant to the end of June, the end of the 2018/2019 fiscal year.
— Thai

Thai authorities crack down on banned e-cigarettes, thousands of items seized
The Thai police announced on Wednesday that the authorities had launched a crackdown on banned electronic cigarettes, seizing thousands of related items in the past three weeks.

Long-stay foreigners in Thailand to be required to have health insurance when applying for non-immigrant visas
Effective from October 31st, foreigners who apply for a non-immigrant visa will be required to have health insurance to ensure that they are covered for medical treatment while in Thailand for a period not exceeding one year.
— Thai PBS News

Thai airport rail contract deadline extended in row over risk
Thailand will give Charoen Pokphand Group and its partners 10 more days to sign a contract for a 225 billion baht (S$10.23 billion) high-speed railway linking three airports, an official said, amid a row over land transfers and the burden of risk.
— The Business Times

PM Presides over PM Award 2019’s Ceremony
Initiated in 1992 by former Prime Minister Anand Panyarachun, the Prime Minister’s Export Awards (PM Award) are given to Thai companies and service providers.
— Bangkok Post (sponsored content)

Criminal probe threatened over toxic chemical ban delay
The Office of the Ombudsman is warning the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) of the consequences it will have to face if it chooses to disregard a panel’s recommendation to ban the use of three toxic farming chemicals.
— Bangkok Post

Thai and Philippine firms lead revival in S-E Asia IPOs
Thailand and Philippine companies are leading a regional pick-up in initial public offerings (IPOs), spurred by growing investor interest in firms focused on Southeast Asian consumers.
— The Straits Times (extremely annoying popups)

Charter court asked to disqualify six opposition leaders
Fifty-one MPs of the Palang Pracharat party have submitted a motion, through House Speaker Chuan Leekpai, to the Constitutional Court asking it to rule on the parliamentary status of six party leaders in connection with the public forum held recently in Pattani province, during which one of the panellists allegedly advocated amendment of Section 1 of the Constitution, which states that Thailand is one single and indivisible Kingdom.
— Thai PBS News

MEA Donates 3.7 MB for Quality of Life Improvement and Training for Disabled Persons
Mr Teerawat Thepamnuaysuk together with Mr Pongsak Thambovorn, Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) Governor, chaired a ceremony to present 3,796,000 Baht to Brother Witthaya Rungrotkased, Vice President of The Redemptorist Foundation for People with Disabilities, to support vocational training of disabled persons throughout 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Five more Thai elephants die in waterfall plunge
Five more wild elephants in Thailand died in a plunge from the top of a waterfall, drone footage released on Tuesday (Oct 8) showed, bringing the death toll to 11, including a three-year-old calf.

Thailand arrests man amid #royalmotorcade controversy
Thai authorities have arrested and charged a man for posting inappropriate content online, cyber police said on Tuesday (Oct 8), as the man’s lawyer denied reports his client had criticised the royal family.

Alcohol sales ban in Thailand now official, Sunday, October 13th, 2019
An alcohol sales ban has officially been announced by the government this upcoming Sunday, October 13th, 2019. This day marks the end of Buddhist Lent as well as the third anniversary of the death of His Royal Majesty King Rama IX.
— The Pattaya News

Anti-graft chief among witnesses in Porlajee murder case
The division head of the Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) has been called to give statements in connection with the murder of Karen activist Porlajee Billy” Rakchongcharoen, the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) has said.
— Bangkok Post

Weatherman forecasts cold weather in December and January
Dust off your winter clothing in preparation for the arrival of the cold season at the end of this year, as the mercury in thermometers across the country, is predicted to fall substantially, including in Bangkok where temperatures may drop to 15-17 degrees Celsius in December and January.
— Thai PBS News

What Bamalli, ambassador to Thailand said about Buhari, Nigeria
The Nigerian Ambassador to Thailand, Ahmed Nuhu Bamalli, has rallied support for the country.
— Daily Post

Digital minister wants cafe customers’ search histories
Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta has asked owners of coffee shops with WiFi services to compile and turn over their customers’ browsing histories for the last 90 days.
— Bangkok Post

CP Group, SRT signing of train contract again deferred
The signing of a 224 billion baht contract between the State Railway of Thailand and Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group faces another delay following the resignation of the entire SRT board only two weeks before the scheduled closure.
— Bangkok Post

IMF sees Thai growth rate at 2.9% this year, 3.0% in 2020
Thailand’s economic growth rate could slow to 2.9% this year and be 3.0% in 2020, reflecting external and domestic headwinds, the International Monetary Fund said.
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand has limited scope to curb baht: World Bank
The Bank of Thailand has limited scope to tackle baht strength but the currency’s climb is a sign of investor confidence in the country’s economic fundamentals, according to the World Bank.
— Bangkok Post

Governors told to hold merit-making ceremony on October 13th in memory of late King Bhumibol
All provincial governors have been notified by the Ministry of Interior to hold a merit-making ceremony at each respective provincial hall, or other appropriate venues, to commemorate the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th, which marks the day of the passing of the beloved monarch.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to lead Asean bid for 2034 World Cup
Thailand will lead a joint bid with four other Asean countries to host the 2034 Fifa World Cup.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers to be asked not to plant second rice crop due to water shortage
Farmers in the Chao Phraya River basin may not be able to plant their second rice crop for the 2019-20 season due to insufficient water to meet the demand.
— Thai PBS News

Regional chief judges are legally empowered to screen verdicts of junior judges
The spokesman of the court of justice has reiterated that regional chief judges are legally empowered to screen the decisions of the lower courts and to write advisory reviews if…
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet greenlights B24.6bn research budget
The cabinet has approved a budget of 24.6 billion baht to support research and innovation to transition the country into a fully-fledged technology-based society, according to the National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council.
— Bangkok Post

Energy ministry sets March target to resolve Chevron dispute
The Energy Ministry said on Tuesday it had set a March target to resolve a $2-billion dispute with US oil-and-gas major Chevron Corp and would make the utmost effort to reach a deal after the company halted arbitration.
— Bangkok Post

Thai energy ministry sets March target to resolve Chevron dispute
Thailand’s energy ministry said on Tuesday (Oct 8) it had set a March target to resolve a US$2 billion dispute with US oil and gas major Chevron Corp and would make the utmost effort to reach a deal after the company halted arbitration.

Engineer volunteers travel to help flood effort
The Engineering Institute of Thailand has sent volunteers to inspect flood-damaged houses and buildings in Ubon Ratchathani province.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand and Germany push global knowledge exchange to rethink Circular Economy
from 25- 27 September 2019 -The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) organised the “Reduce! Rethinking the Circular Economy: A…
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Says ‘5 More People’ May be Nabbed for Royal Insult
A top official said Tuesday five more people might be arrested in connection with “inappropriate” online comments about the monarchy, in addition to an activist apprehended by the police last night.
— Khaosod English

Pro-election activist arrested for allegedly violating Computer Crime Act
A political activist was arrested by police from the Computer Crime Suppression Division at his residence on Monday night, on charges of posting a statement on his Facebook page which is alleged to be in violation of the Computer Crime Act.
— Thai PBS News

Thai police: Belgian reporter was detained over national security concerns
Anurak Jeantawanich A Belgian reporter due to interview an anti-government activist in Thailand, was briefly detained by Immigration and Special Branch officials, police have confirmed.
— The Thaiger

Sanjaithai campaign continues 36th session
The Sanjaithai Sujaitai campaign has begun its 36th session, providing an exchange program for southern youths to learn more about the culture of their Bangkok host family and grow up as good citizens.

Regional cultural media production workshop
TV producers from 12 countries are preparing to produce documentaries on life, wisdom, and culture, all of which will be broadcast in Thailand on NBT. The Thai producers will be making a documentary on Thai Rice, presenting Thai culture to international audiences.The National Broadcasting Services of Thailand Director Dusit Singkhiri, …

Two wild elephant carcasses found downstream
Rescuers and park officials on Wednesday found the bodies of two of the 11 wild elephants that perished at Haew Narok waterfall, but were unable to remove the carcasses from the river.
— Bangkok Post

State agencies to become digitalised by 2022
The government aims to transform all state agencies to become fully digitalised within three years.
— Bangkok Post

National divide and deep-South volatility threaten to converge
The seeds of Thailand’s two biggest troubles – the political divide and insurgency in the deep South – were apparently sowed in 2001. That year, national politics went past the…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand among top Alipay ‘Golden Week’ markets
Thailand ranked second globally in terms of transactions using Alipay during “Golden Week” this year, reflecting the popularity of the mobile payment provider among Chinese tourists here.
— Bangkok Post

BoT sees need to keep policy space for future risks
The Bank of Thailand saw a need to preserve monetary policy space to address possible future risks when it kept its benchmark rate on hold last month, meeting minutes showed on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Zoo solves mystery of Chuang Chuang death
When a celebrity giant panda died suddenly last month while on loan to Chiang Mai Zoo, millions of social media users in China demanded to know What killed Chuang Chuang?
— Bangkok Post

Pope’s Open-Air Mass Fully Booked for Thais, But Foreigners Can Still Apply
Seats allocated for Thai worshipers in an upcoming mass to be presided over by Pope Francis at a Bangkok stadium next month are now fully booked, but there is still a chance for foreigners to secure them.
— Khaosod English

Orange Line project hits contract snag
Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Tuesday ordered the revision of an investment proposal for the construction and operation of the Orange Line’s 122-billion-baht western section before it is submitted to the cabinet.
— Bangkok Post

Driving License point deduction system to be introduced in December for Thailand
A point deduction system, designed to improve the discipline of drivers, is tentatively scheduled to be introduced for motorists and motorcyclists in mid-December on Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Central Bank ‘sandboxing’ biometrics to open a saving account
The Bank of Thailand’s assistant governor for payment systems policy and financial technology group, Siritida Panomwan, says that 10 commercial banks and non-bank financial institutes were participating in the BoT’s ‘sandbox’ project to test-run biometric technology known as e-kyc (“electronic know your customer”, not a special lubricant gel) to electronically verify the identity of customers.
— The Thaiger

Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit
A Bangkok man has taken to social media to warn fruit lovers to check fruit thoroughly before eating it, after he was stung by a baby scorpion hiding in a bag of langsat fruit.
— The Thaiger

Developers dropping prices to shift units
New condo projects being launched in the final quarter of the year should offer prices below market value and match customer needs if they want a good sales rate, suggests a property consultant.
— Bangkok Post property

BoT unswayed by LTV relaxation requests
Even though property developers have asked for a relaxation of loan-to-value (LTV) regulations, the Bank of Thailand sees no need to do so.
— Bangkok Post property

Royalist Coup Leaders Honored at Army Hall of Fame
History buffs are left scratching their heads on Wednesday after it surfaced that two halls in the army’s museum are named after royalist rebels who attempted to overthrow an elected government eight decades ago.
— Khaosod English

Supreme Court president asked to probe Supreme Court acquittal of 6 police over drug suspect’s murder
The mother of one of the 2,500 dead victims of the war on drugs, launched 14 years ago by the government of then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has lodged a…
— Thai PBS News

Officials Unveil Puppies Descended from King Rama IX’s Favorite Dog, Thong Daeng
BANGKOK — Khun Thong Daeng, the iconic dog of King Rama IX, and her children may have been long dead – but their lineage lives on due to the scientific feat of artificial dog insemination.
— Khaosod English

Interview: Military Surveillance Turning Thailand into ‘1984’
BANGKOK — Giving a surveillance agency run by the armed forces a free rein in national security issues risks turning Thailand into a totalitarian state, a political scientist warned in an interview.
— Khaosod English

Woman dies after being shot in the back of a car as passenger was ‘playing’ with gun
The vice president of the Thai-Chinese trade and industry association, Wichai Manekitikun, is assisting police with their enquiries after his 23 year old girlfriend was shot in the chest. She later died in hospital.
— The Thaiger

Princess Chulabhorn is recovering very satisfactorily
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn’s condition is improving satisfactorily without complications following medical treatment and she can now perform routine activities as usual, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced…
— Thai PBS News

Tale of two cities – Hua Hin vs Pattaya
Property buyers looking to buy a seaside villa or condo in a coastal town in Thailand, relatively close to Bangkok, confront one question – should I buy a property in Hua Hin or Pattaya?
— The Thaiger

Last night of Phuket vegetarian festival was a blast – VIDEO
Last night (October 7), Phuket local shrines gathered for the final day parades of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which took place from September 29 to October 7.
— The Thaiger


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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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