Thailand morning news for October 17

Thailand morning news for October 17
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Analyst: Government’s stimulus measures boost economic growth by 3%
An analyst has indicated that the government’s ‘taste, shop, spend’ campaign boosted domestic spending, amid the ongoing trade war between the U.S. and China and the local flood disaster.
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok readies for Asean Summit
Thailand is preparing to welcome the leaders of 10 Asean nations and their dialogue partners, including US President Donald Trump — if he decides to come to the Asean Summit himself.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand near bottom of privacy protection table
Thailand placed in the bottom five out of 47 countries ranked for privacy protection, according to a study by Comparitech, a website that researches and compares technology services.
— Bangkok Post

Get ready! Winter starts tomorrow in Thailand!
The official first day of winter this year will be Thursday, October 17, Phuwieng Prakhammintara, director-general of Thailand’s meteorological department announced to a winter tourism seminar earlier this week.
— The Pattaya News

Royal Troops Transfer Looms Over Tomorrow’s Parliament Debate
The government is set to defend its emergency decree that handed two army units to His Majesty the King’s direct control when the parliament meets on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Thai Airways must modify rehabilitation plan to survive: Airline President
“Thai Airways will have to modify its rehabilitation plans to survive in the face of tight competition.” This frank admission by the airline’s president Sumet Damrongchaith.
— The Thaiger

Government and Opposition given 18 hours each to debate budget bill
Government and Opposition whips have agreed on a three-day debate of the budget bill, starting tomorrow (Thursday) at 9.30 am, with each side being allotted 18 hours to speak.
— Thai PBS News

Bank officer who designed loans so that farmers paid for his lifestyle faces justice 10 years on
The past from 10 years ago caught up with a former bank loan officer from Kanchanaburi who signed up 15 farmers up to new loans but helped himself to a share of the funds at their expense.

Thai-Hong Kong ties reinforced by solid business relationships
Building a stronger partnership between Thailand and Hong Kong has been a long-term objective of the Hong Kong Trade Development Council (HKTDC) – and the effort is bearing fruit, assisted by the support of some of Thailand’s leading businesspeople.
— South China Morning Post

Southern Thailand holds annual buffalo beauty pageant
The coastal city of Chonburi southeast of the Thai capital Bangkok has hosted its 148th annual Miss Beautiful Buffalo beauty pageant.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Thailand looks to become digital innovation hub in ASEAN
The Digital Council of Thailand (DCT) is working with the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) to turn the country into a digital innovation hub in ASEAN through development of data centres and artificial intelligence (AI) capability.
— Vietnamplus

TAT ready for registration of new tourism discount campaigns
Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Yuthasak Supasorn said that the TAT will soon introduce two domestic tourism promotional measures, namely a 100-baht nationwide tourism campaign, and discounts for weekday travels.
— Newsline (video)

Top court affirms ruling over arson fire
The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered three United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) movement co-leaders, Jatuporn Prompan, Nattawut Saikuar and Weng Tojirakarn, to pay more than 21 million baht in damages plus interest for an arson attack on a building near the Victory Monument in Bangkok during the red-shirt protests in 2010.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok urges people to refrain from littering Chao Phraya River
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has geared up its efforts to restore clear water in the Chao Phraya River by urging riverside residents to refrain from littering, promoting the nomination of the river as a cultural heritage.
— Newsline (video)

Police bust alleged B1bn drug-money laundering operation
Police arrested six people during raids in Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi and seized assets worth about 100 million baht on Wednesday, in an operation aimed at suspects in the laundering of a billion baht of drug traffickers’ money.
— Bangkok Post

Thai cabinet earmarks over 24 bln baht in subsidiaries for rubber farmers
Thai cabinet on October 15 approved a 24.278-billion-baht budget for the first phase of income-guarantee subsidy for rubber growers.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand’s monarch ceremonially launches newly-built navy frigate
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn ceremonially launched a newly-built navy frigate, named HTMS Bhumibol Adulyadej, on Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Protesting temp workers win better job security
The Education Ministry on Wednesday bowed to pressure from temporary employees of the Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec), agreeing to employ them under an old hiring system widely seen to offer better remuneration and greater job security.
— Bangkok Post

Clean Up to the Countdown – Crackdown on illegal software
The Clean Up to the Countdown campaign aims to encourage top executives to legalise their corporate software before midnight on December 31, 2019.”
— The Thaiger

Opposition may support budget bill if Government acts on their recommendations
The opposition is ready to let the 3.2 trillion baht budget bill for 2020 pass its first reading in the House of Representatives if the Government agrees to the Opposition’s changes to what they see as flaws in the fiscal budget.
— Thai PBS News

App helps detect scourge of forced labour via audits
A mobile application called Apprise Audit has been found to improve worker audits and detect forced labour practices that commonly victimise migrant workers, according to a report by The Mekong Club and the UN University Institute on Computing and Society (UNU-CS).
— Bangkok Post

Charter Court suspends Pheu Thai MP Nawat from parliamentary duties
Convicted Pheu Thai MP Nawat Tohcharoensook has been suspended from performing duties as a member of parliament by the Constitutional Court, pending a ruling on his parliamentary status.
— Thai PBS News

Three red-shirt leaders ordered to pay ฿21 million to victims of arson attacks in 2010
Thailand’s Supreme Court has upheld three Appeals Court verdicts holding three red-shirt leaders accountable for the torching of commercial buildings, including the Centre One shopping mall and Dok Ya building, by red-shirt followers protesting against the government of then Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva on May 19th, 2010 in the vicinity of Victory Monument in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Thai rice specialist firm MediFoods looks to expand local market after overseas success
Thailand rice specialist company MediFoods has its eye on local market expansion after a successful run overseas with its rice-based products and ingredients portfolio.
— Food navigator-asia

Anti-narcotics police seize ฿15 million cash and uncover huge money laundering operation
In multiple raids in Samut Prakan and Nonthaburi provinces yesterday, narcotic suppression officials seized about 15 million baht in cash and many valuables.
— Thai PBS News

Police on trail of illegal loggers in Tak
Authorities are searching for more culprits following the arrest on Wednesday of a local villager with a large cache of valuable timber at a hotspot for illegal logging on the Thai-Myanmar border.
— Bangkok Post

Khiriwong shop owners destroy concrete eyesore
Owners on Wednesday began dismantling shops built onto a concrete platform jutting into a canal flowing through the famous tourist village of Khiriwong following a public outcry.
— Bangkok Post

Thai app will ease expat immigration woes and make 90 day reporting simple
The “OSS Foreigner” app is coming, and you will be able to use it for 90 day reporting, according to the Secretary-General at the office of the PM.
— The Thaiger

Thai meth swallowers get 16 years’ jail in Indonesia
Two Thai men were sentenced to heavy 16-year jail terms in Indonesia on Wednesday after swallowing a kilogram (2.2 pounds) of methamphetamine in a foiled drug smuggling bid.

Eight elephant carcasses pose risk to water quality in reservoir
Khao Yai national park officials are set to take a boat upstream, from their station at Khun Dan Prakan Chon reservoir to Khlong Ton Sai, to scatter anti-pollution chemicals over the carcasses of eight elephants trapped among boulders after water in the creek began to smell foul.
— Thai PBS News

Graffiti artist strikes in Pattaya, covering local tax reminder signs with Graffiti
Graffiti has been found on several tax notice reminder boards in Pattaya. The graffiti was found on three tax boards at a bus stop near a petrol station on Sukhumwit Pattaya Road today, October 16th, 2019.
— The Pattaya News

Thais go bananas over freak plants in pursuit of lottery numbers
The answers are in the banana leaves. Thai people LOVE playing the lottery (and gambling generally). In fact they’re BANANAS about the twice-monthly lottery (it was drawn again today).
— The Thaiger

Netizen Raises Alarm Over Marker Ink Seeping Into Street Food Bag
Take home a steaming bag of congee for dinner, complete with pork, a soft boiled egg, zesty ginger strips and spring onions, with a dash of soy sauce – and permanent marker ink?
— Khaosod English

Tax relief for tobacco growers
The Excise Department will cut the tobacco tax from 10 satang to 2.5 satang per gramme for one year, starting Jan 1, 2020, to give farmers time to adjust to the new rate.
— Bangkok Post

Karaoke premises raided in central Thailand, 3 underage sex workers rescued
The Nation reports that 3 underage sex workers have been rescued after raids on a karaoke restaurant and a karaoke massage parlour in Ang Thong, central Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Central Pattana plans to invest B22bn by 2022
Thailand’s largest mall operator, Central Pattana Plc (CPN), said on Wednesday it will invest 22 billion baht by 2022 in new projects and store renovations.
— Bangkok Post

Swing when you’re winning: Thai golf stars blaze path for youngsters
Flashing luxury sports cars and a bejewelled watch, Kiradech Aphibarnrat is one of several rising golf stars drawing Thailand’s youngsters to the sport with the lure of a big pay-off.

Pattaya man wins first prize in the Thai lottery, 12 million baht
Pattaya man wins first prize in the Thai lottery, 12 million baht Chonburi – 40 year old Mr. Jaturong Srisombatpaiboon, a Pattaya resident, has won first prize in the Thai national lottery yesterday, receiving a prize of 12 million baht. The Thai lottery is announced twice each month (the 1st and 16th of each month). […]
— The Pattaya News

Two Nigerian Nationals arrested in Pattaya for overstays and accused of Romance scams
Thailand’s immigration police have announced the arrest of two Nigerian romance scammers. They were part of a gang of scammers based in Pattaya that were involved in swindling 2 million baht over two years according to Immigration officials.
— The Pattaya News


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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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