Thailand morning news for October 14

Thailand morning news for October 14
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‘Final’ round of RCEP talks fail to reach agreement, but it’s not over yet
Trade ministers and negotiators in Thailand for what was scheduled as the final round of negotiations on the establishment of what will become the worlds largest free trade agreement (fta) once implemented, yesterday (Oct 12) failed to reach an agreement on the text of a joint declaration to bring it into effect.
— AEC News Today

Thailand’s growth forecasts for the rest of 2019 slashed again
Following their most recent meeting, the Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking has announced Thailand’s economic growth this year has been revised downward to between 2.7 – 3.0% from the previous projection of 2.9 – 3.3%.
— The Thaiger

Quest for the holy grail: Thai foreign minister jets to India as RCEP heads to the wire (video)
As the curtain begins to come down on Thailand’s year as Asean Chair Thailand foreign minister Don Pramudwinai has made a lightning three-day visit to India.
— AEC News Today

Condos face fierce Q4 competition
Condo buyers should shop around before making a decision because a large number of unsold completed units are being offered at below their presale prices, says SET-listed LPN Development Plc.
— Bangkok Post property

Activities in Remembrance of HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great
The Thai government invites the people to join ceremonies and activities on memorial day for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on October 13th, 2019.

Inside the Royal Crematorium of King Bhumibol The Great — Tribute cut
King Bhumibol the Great. A title previously only bestowed upon six former Thai kings. A title which, due to there being no other word, fails to adequately describe the life and rule of the ninth monarch of Thailand’s Chakri dynasty, King Bhumibol Adulyadej, also known as King Rama IX.
— AEC News Today (video)

Cold season due to arrive in this Thursday
Thailand will officially enter the cold season this Thursday, October 17th, according to the Meteorological Department.
— Thai PBS News

Former red-shirt defends Apirat’s inflammatory speech
Suporn Atthawong, a former hard-core leader of the red-shirt United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), has come out in defence of Apirat Kongsompong after the army chief on Friday delivered a strongly-worded speech lashing out at politicians and other elements opposed to the government under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Bangkok Post

Siriraj Hospital’s special program for BA graduates to study medicine
The Medical Science Faculty of Siriraj hospital has a special quota of four places, for the 2020 academic year, for anyone with a BA in any field and an average grade of 3.5 out of 4, who is not over 35 and wants to study medicine.
— Thai PBS News

PM, Cabinet Ministers join in commemoration of passing of King Rama IX at Sanam Luang ground
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, cabinet ministers and public members conducted alms-giving and merit-making ceremonies on the occasion of the passing anniversary of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great at Sanam Luang ground.
— Newsline (video)

PM Prayut looks to improve life quality
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha said he was concerned about the low-income earners and was looking for measures to help them.
— Newsline (video)

Court help mulled over budget
The opposition will petition the Constitutional Court to rule on the legality of the 3.2-trillion-baht budget bill for the fiscal year of 2020, if the government fails to provide expenditure details as required by the constitution.
— Bangkok Post

Thai people join merit-making ceremonies in remembrance of the passing of late King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thai people across the country, many wearing yellow, made merit, attended religious ceremonies and participated in activities today to commemorate the passing of the beloved late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— Thai PBS News

OSS Foreigner App coming says Thai Government, can do 90 day check in much easier online
Mr. Pootrakool, Secretary-General at the office of the Prime Minister, said on Wednesday last week that foreigners can use the upcoming app for all immigration reporting.
— The Pattaya News

Thai inspectors assess Italian apple production industry
The Italian apple production system was recently audited by the Thai Phytosanitary Service.
— Fresh Plaza

CP Foods praises compartment Avian Influenza method
Thai poultry processor CP Foods has utilised the compartment model to tackle Avian Influenza (AI).
— GlobalMeat News

Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge to open Oct 30
The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge across the Moei River in Tak’s Mae Sot district will be officially opened on Oct 30, according to a press release from the Highways Department.
— Bangkok Post

Bhumjaithai ministers will quit if herbicides are not banned
Lobbying is intensifying over a final decision to ban three controversial herbicides – paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.
— The Thaiger

Army chief does not expect everyone to believe him, says Army spokesman
Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong did not force or expect anyone to believe in what he said yesterday about a “hybrid war” being waged by a collection of ill-intentioned politicians,…
— Thai PBS News

Thanathorn says General Apirat’s controversial speech may fuel hatred among Thais
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit expressed concern today (Saturday) that Army Command-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong’s speech, given at the Army headquarters yesterday, may fuel the fire of hatred among a Thai people, who are already divided by their political differences.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to conclude RCEP talks this month
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit this weekend chaired the ninth Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) meeting in Bangkok with 10 ASEAN member states and six trade partner countries.
— Newsline (video)

Government puts forth 18 tourism stimulating measures
The cabinet of economic ministers has approved 18 tourism stimulating measures which the government is confident will attract a targeted 39.8 million tourists.
— Newsline (video)

ACT joins chemical ban bandwagon
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) yesterday piled pressure on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to get him to advocate for a ban on three toxic farming chemicals, and urge the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) to explain its decision in next week’s crucial meeting.
— Bangkok Post

NHSO eyes clean sweep of funds
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) expects the 13 public health funds which have not joined the National Clearing House (NCH) system to take part soon, so it can use their database to formulate better strategies for future policies.
— Bangkok Post

PTT urged to accelerate gas business
The Energy Ministry has ordered PTT Plc, the national oil and gas firm, to accelerate its gas business so that the country can become a liquefied natural gas (LNG) trading hub in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

Better protection sought for Thailand’s helmeted hornbill
Time is running out for Thailand’s dwindling population of helmeted hornbills thanks to poaching of the exotic birds for the ivory-like casques atop their big red and…
— Thai PBS News

Finance Ministry approves stimulus package to spur tourism
Among other things, the TAT are organising some big concerts over the last three months of 2019. Some of the 50,000 that attended the BTS ‘Love Yourself’ stadium concert in Bangkok in April 2019.
— The Thaiger

‘Inconvenience stores’ help Thailand turn green amid plastic crisis
Most retailers strive to make shopping easy for customers. But Papawee Pongthanavaranon is determined to make it less convenient.

Thailand: Government accelerates rehabilitation of flood-affected areas
According to a survey of damage from floods by the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM), there are still two districts of Ubon Ratchathani province, namely Mueang Ubon Ratchathani district and Warin Chamrap district currently facing a flood situation.
— ReliefWeb

PM urged to clarify army link
The Pheu Thai Party yesterday said Gen Prayut must make it clear that the government was not behind army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong’s controversial remarks against academics and politics.
— Bangkok Post

Syndicates use ‘ambulances’ to smuggle drugs into Thailand
FAKE volunteer ambulances and rescue vehicles are being used by syndicates to smuggle drugs into Thailand.
— The Malaysian Insight

Chim, Shop, Chai money must be used in days
Let’s move on to the ”Chim, Shop, Chai” campaign. The government said those who fail to spend the 1,000 baht allowance in 14 days upon verification will lose their entitlement to the money.
— Newsline (video)

Merchants told to avoid handout hype
The Finance Ministry has called on modern trade and convenience store operators taking part in the cash giveaway and cash rebate schemes to refrain from conducting marketing campaigns aimed at recipients.
— Bangkok Post

Opinion: Is Khanakorn a Selfless Judge, or a Fraud?
A single bullet fired by a judge in what looks like an attempted suicide has raise many unsettling questions.
— Khaosod English

Thai police helping stranded Japanese tourists
Onto other happenings. The Thai Tourist Police is assisting Japanese tourists stranded in Thailand after Typhoon Hagibis delayed their flights home.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand and Malaysia youngsters named among 60 best young footballers in the world by Guardian
Thailand international Suphanat Mueanta and Malaysia youngster Luqman Hakim Shamsudin have found a place in the prestigious Next Generation 2019 list published by the Guardian.
— FOX Sports

Dinosaur dig opens up path to the future
The discovery of a fossil of a meat-eating dinosaur in Khon Kaen earlier this year is giving Thailand’s northeastern region more visibility on the world’s prehistoric circuit.
— Bangkok Post travel

Chinese embassy in Thailand condemns politicians for siding with Hong Kong pro-independence group
The Chinese embassy in Bangkok condemned certain Thai politicians on Thursday (Oct 10) for getting in touch with Hong Kong’s pro-independence group, implying such behaviour could hurt the friendship between the two countries.

Journey back to Tham Luang in ‘The Cave’ – VIDEO
Determined divers racing against time. Rising waters threatening lives. 12 teenagers and their soccer coach trapped inside for two weeks. A remote cave that most had never heard of.
— The Thaiger

Mu Koh Ang Thong Park readies for rise in visitors
Surat Thani province is expecting a surge of visitors to Mu Koh Ang Thong National Marine Park — now recognised as an Asean Heritage Park — and is preparing measures to limit the environmental impact from this tourism influx.
— Bangkok Post travel


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, October 17


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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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