Thailand morning news for October 22

Thailand morning news for October 22
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More manufacturers relocating to Thailand from China, Hong Kong
An increasing number of manufacturers are moving their production bases from China and Hong Kong to Thailand due to the US-China trade war, the Board of Investment (BOI) has said.

Thailand ready to host another ASEAN Summit
Thailand is ready to host the 35th ASEAN Summit and related meetings in early November.
— Newslines (video)

22 Provinces in Thailand Told to Brace for Water Shortages
The National Water Resources Office has warned 22 Provinces to brace for water shortages during the dry season. The dry season is due to start on November 1st and may last up to eight months.
— Chiang Rai Times

Phase 2 of “Chim Shop Chai” campaign to stimulate economy at year end
The Department of the Comptroller General has planned to launch Phase 2 of the ”Chim Shop Chai” campaign in which many restaurants and stores have joined while the people are suggested to get prepared to register and make travel and spending plans to help stimulate the economy by year-end.
— Newslines (video)

Asean leaders to discuss Rohingya, S. China Sea at summit
Southeast Asian leaders will discuss ways to facilitate the repatriation of Rohingya refugees to Myanmar at their upcoming summit in Bangkok, as well as the efforts to manage South China Sea disputes, according to an Asean document seen Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Group of 13 North Koreans Cross Mekong into Thailand After Long Trek Through Four Countries
A group of 13 North Koreans secretly crossed the Mekong River into Thailand from Laos at the weekend, ending a grueling two-month journey which spanned 6,000 kilometers (more than 3700 miles) and traversed four national borders in a quest for asylum in South Korea.
— Radio Free Asia

10 billionaires among Thailand’s 500 MPs
Thailand has 10 billionaire MPs, while the poorest MP has just 5,064 baht in his bank account, according to reports from the Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission.
— The Thaiger

Thai king strips ‘disloyal’ royal consort of all titles: Palace
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has stripped his newly appointed consort of her titles and military ranks for being disloyal, the Royal Palace announced in the Royal Gazette late on Monday (Oct 21).

Thailand’s six waterfalls closed in wake of heavy rainfall and strong currents
Thailand’s Department of National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced on Monday that six waterfalls at Khao Luang National Park in Nakhon Si Thammarat Province would be closed from Monday until further notice.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s EGAT to import first spot market LNG cargo in December
State-owned Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) will import its first spot market cargo of liquefied natural gas (LNG) in December, the Thai Energy Ministry said on Monday.
— Reuters

Dean & Deluca owner, Thailand’s Pace defaults on debt of $86 mln
Thai property firm Pace Development Pcl, owner of the high-end grocer Dean & Deluca, said on Monday it was in default of 2.6 billion baht ($86 million) with one of the nation’s largest lenders as of Oct. 18, sending its shares down 25%.
— Reuters

Survey finds two-thirds oppose military spending
Nearly two-thirds of citizens want the government to spend more on health and social security, according to a recent Super Poll survey.

EGAT to open Mae Moh Festival 2019 with flower gardens for winter visitors
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Mae Moh office will be opening its some 100-acre land for tourists this winter season, featuring gardens of flowers at the altitude 495-meter above sea level at Mae Moh Festival 2019 GREENOVATION In the PARK.
— Newslines (video)

Tourism operators bank on TAT schemes
Thanks to less-complicated processes, tourism operators hope new campaigns by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will continue to prop up domestic travel.
— Bangkok Post

Top rubber producer Thailand hit by fungal disease outbreak
A key rubber tree-growing area in Thailand has been hit by an outbreak of a fungal disease, which could halve the area’s output, the country’s rubber authority said on Monday.
— Reuters

Online scammers are an organised crime group in Thailand working with international hackers
The threat from online scams and internet-related fraudulent activity has risen in Thailand in recent months to a new level as the people behind the activity become more resourceful.

Apirat scoffs at ‘next PM’ talk
Army chief Gen Apirat Kongsompong dismissed talk on Monday that he may become the next prime minister by insisting that he will never enter politics.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Biggest Mutual Fund Company Embraces AI
SCB Asset Management Co., Thailand’s biggest mutual fund company, will start offering more equity funds using artificial intelligence technology to identify investments as it seeks to lure new customers and retain clients.
— Bloomberg

In Thailand as anywhere, inequality affects whose children will die: study
Enter the world about five hours east of Bangkok, and your chances of living past 5 are slightly better than those born five hours west and north.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thais, Frenchman could face firing squad in Bali meth cases
Two Thai women and a Frenchman could face the death penalty after they were caught smuggling meth into Bali, the Indonesian holiday island’s customs agency said Monday.
— New Straits Times

Thailand pulling all stops to woo Indian tourists
This month, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Bangkok Airways jointly launched a new ‘Fly me to Thailand’ promotion, offering privileges, gift cards, discounts and many more special deals for travellers from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) as well as Malaysia, Singapore and India.
— Yahoo News

Thai firm eyes LNG investment in PH
Thai firm Electricity Generating Public Company Limited (EGCO) is eyeing to invest in a floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) facility for the importation of liquefied natural gas (LNG) into the country.
— Manila Bulletin

Army chief assures that he has no political ambitions and will not meddle in politics
Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong said today (Monday) that he does not aspire to become a politician, preferring to be a friend of politicians, as he dismissed as unrealistic speculation that he will succeed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Thai PBS News

Minister Floats Mandatory GPS for All Private Cars
BANGKOK — The government may soon require all vehicles on the road, including private cars and motorcycles, to install tracker devices and send location data to the authorities, a minister said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Supporters and opponents of three controversial farm chemicals gather ahead of tomorrow’s vote
Supporters of the complete ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos and their opponents are gearing up for a show of force today, ahead of tomorrow’s vote by the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) on whether to completely ban the three toxic farm chemicals, or to uphold its earlier decision to just restrict their use, a restriction which came into force yesterday.
— Thai PBS News

Excise Department considers tax on salt content of food
The Excise Department is considering the imposition of a tax on the salt content of food in a bid to encourage food producers to reduce the sodium content of snacks, instant noodles and seasoning cubes.
— Thai PBS News

NTT looks to Thai digital transformation
Global technology service provider NTT Ltd is gearing up for innovative services in Thailand, gravitating towards digital transformation, after absorbing its three associated firms into a single brand.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket hotels slashing the price of rooms
Thailand’s most popular holiday island are being forced to slash prices, with rooms left vacant and beaches sparse as Thailand’s tourism chiefs struggle with a plunge in Chinese visitors caused by the US trade war and a stronger baht.
— The Thaiger

CPN retail course a hit with young
Three years after its inception, Central Pattana Plc (CPN) has seen its CPNlead programme provide training and support to 120 businesses, giving them a chance to sell products at CPN stores.
— Bangkok Post

The dangers of 5G – coming to a mobile phone near you
5G, the next generation of mobile phone technology is coming, within months here in Thailand. It will continue to roll out over the next few years, replacing the earlier 4G technology. Along with any new technology there’s also valid concerns about potential health risk of this new, more powerful network.
— The Thaiger

Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi stripped of all Royal titles and military ranks for disloyalty
His Majesty the King has issued a Royal Command stripping Sineenat Wongvajirapakdi of all her royal titles, decorations and military ranks for alleged acts of disloyalty and insubordination.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya City to continue road construction work with more lighting and higher barriers
Road construction projects in Pattaya have been given city approval to continue after a brief weekend delay to troubleshoot traffic and accident issues after social media complaints on traffic and when two people were injured last week hitting barriers or falling into construction pits locally while driving motorbikes.
— The Pattaya News

Thais, Frenchman could face firing squad in Bali drug cases
DENPASAR, Indonesia: Two Thai women and a Frenchman could face the death penalty after they were caught smuggling drugs into Bali, the Indonesian holiday island’s customs agency said Monday (Oct 21).

National Office of Buddhism asked to warn temples not to fell precious trees for commercial gain
The Royal Forest Department has sought urgent cooperation from the National Office of Buddhism to remind temples that the department’s recent decision, to allow the felling or pruning of precious trees on privately-owned land plots, was intended to encourage people to grow precious trees for commercial purposes, but did not apply to fully-grown precious trees, some of which are over 100 years old.
— Thai PBS News

Barge procession postponed due to strong current
The government has explained that the rescheduling of the royal barge procession, from Thursday to Dec 12, was to ensure that the event is manageable and can proceed in an orderly manner, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Seven parties contesting Wednesday’s by-election in Nakhon Pathom
The political focus will be on Nakhon Pathom on Wednesday when voters return to the ballot box after the Forward Future MP for constituency 5 stepped down following an accident.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok tops travel index 4 years in a row
Bangkok has been ranked No.1 in the Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index (GDCI) for international overnight visitors for the fourth straight year, and the sixth time in the past decade.
— Bangkok Post

Thai firm behind Dean & DeLuca defaults on B2.6bn of debt
Thailand’s Pace Development Corp, owner of gourmet grocer Dean & DeLuca, said it’s in default on 2.6 billion baht of debt owed to one of the nation’s top banks.
— Bangkok Post

Green Day heading back to BKK in 2020
Green Day, five-time Grammy Award winners, are embarking on a global tour in 2020, including a stop-over in Bangkok during March.
— The Thaiger

Contractor killed Italian for having affair with mistress
A contractor was arrested for allegedly shooting to death an Italian man on suspicions the victim had affair with his mistress, police said.
— Bangkok Post

30 dolphins greet visitors to Similan Islands
Tourists were treated to the sight of a school of dolphins in the Similan Islands off the Phang Nga coast on Sunday. Tour organisers said that around 30 dolphins swam close to the boat six or seven miles offshore, creating excitement for passengers.
— The Thaiger


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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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