Thailand morning news for October 24

Thailand morning news for October 24
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Thai Airways not at risk of shutting down, says airline president
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is not at risk of shutting down and recent news reports about the airline’s situation were misinterpreted, THAI president Sumeth Damrongchaitham insisted on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Poor air quality to return to Bangkok and suburbs for remainder of October
People living in Bangkok and surrounding areas are advised to brace for a new round of health-threatening low air quality during the rest of October due to an anticipated increase in PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere as less rainfall is forecast, according to the Meteorological Department.
— Thai PBS News

A Thai Airways plane was forced to abort its takeoff after an ‘explosion’ that left a huge hole in one of its engines
A Thai Airways plane was forced to abort its takeoff after one of the plane’s engines suffered an “uncontained” failure – effectively an explosion – as it prepared to leave the runway.
— Business Insider

Thai king fires palace officials for ‘extremely evil’ conduct
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has dismissed six palace officials for “extremely evil” conduct, a palace announcement said on Wednesday, in a shake-up that come days after the sacking of the king’s royal consort.
— Reuters

RCEP Will Boost Regional Trade: Thai Envoy To India
Will it, won’t it? The pendulum has been swinging from one end to the other on the part of the Indian government in favour of and against signing the mega trade deal, the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
— Strategic News

Thailand puts crimp in return plans of Cambodian opposition
Thailand has barred a top leader of Cambodia’s opposition party from entering the country, casting doubt on plans for its exiled leaders to return to their homeland against the Cambodian government’s wishes.
— The Washington Post

FTA with EU likely to increase Thailand’s GDP by 1.7 percent
A free trade agreement (FTA) with the European Union (EU) would boost Thailand’s exports and gross domestic product (GDP), according to a study conducted by the Institute of Future Studies for Development (IFD).
— Vietnamplus

Thailand likely to miss this year’s rice export target
Thailand’s rice exports are forecast at 8 – 8.1 million tonnes in 2019, compared to the target of 9 million tonnes.
— Vietnamplus

Bangkok residential market softening but other sectors remain resilient: Edmund Tie Research
OVERALL outlook for business and investment in the Thai capital remains optimistic according to Edmund Tie’s latest research report, citing resilient demand for commercial and retail space.
— The Business Time

Thai government extends visa on arrival fee waiver until the end of April 2020
The government will extend the waiving of visa-on-arrival fees for another six months to boost the number of foreign tourists to the Kingdom.
— The Pattaya News

Panel starts scrutiny of CP’s airport plans
An assessment of a technical plan submitted by a CP-led consortium vying for the Eastern Airport City Project contract will begin on Thursday, according to the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office.
— Bangkok Post

Tourism Council of Thailand cites Thai baht as biggest challenge to tourism
The strong Thai baht is proving to be the biggest obstacle in trying to lure tourists, according to The Tourism Council of Thailand who have had to lower its projection of over 40 million foreign visitors this year down to 39.7 million.
— The Thaiger

Billion Baht Prison Project Prompts Suspicions of Graft
Thailand’s Justice Minister has ordered a detailed probe into a 1.188-billion-baht prison project. The probe follows a complaint about alleged irregularities, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin told Thai Media.
— Chiang Rai Time

Pollution control dept: Bangkok smog worsens in 7 areas
The Pollution Control Department (PCD) has reported that the PM2.5 air pollution readings have risen in seven areas of Bangkok and its vicinity on October 22nd .
— Newsline (video)

DPM Prawit ensures security for November ASEAN Summit
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has ordered security agencies to be fully prepared for the upcoming ASEAN Summit from 2-4 November in Bangkok, focusing on situation responses in compliance with international standards.
— Pattaya Mail

102 illegal Myanmar migrant workers repatriated from Thailand
A total of 102 illegal Myanmar migrant workers have been sent back from Thailand as the latest batch, Myanmar’s immigration authorities said Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Myanmar, Thailand agree to use kyat, baht for border trade
U Kyaw Kyaw Maung, governor of the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) and his Thai counterpart Veerathai Santiprabhob, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to promote the use of the Myanmar kyat and Thai baht for trading at the border, according to an October 21 statement issued by the Bank of Thailand.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand’s Exports Record Negative Growth for September
Thailand’s exports sector performance in September 2019 recorded at a negative 1.39 percent.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai police arrest ‘kingpin’ in Asian wildlife trafficking
Boonchai Bach, 40, a Vietnamese national with Thai citizenship, was arrested on Friday evening over the smuggling of 14 rhino horns worth around $1 million from Africa to Thailand.
— FourWays Review

Thailand’s waiver of visa-on-arrival fee to run until end of April
The government will extend the waiving of visa-on-arrival fee for another six months to boost the number of foreign tourists to the Kingdom.
— Asia One

Is Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn a modern-day Henry VIII?
When Thailand’s newly crowned King Maha Vajiralongkorn named one of his bodyguards as Noble Royal Consort on his birthday in July, no one had held the title for nearly a century, dating back to the days of absolute monarchy.
— South China Morning Post

FFP loses poll
The by-election in Nakhon Pathom’s Constituency 5 saw the race between the Future Forward Party (FFP) and its main rival Chartthaipattana go down to the wire on Wednesday and FFP lost the seat.
— Bangkok Post

Hitachi targets high-speed rail projects from Texas to Thailand
Hitachi is looking beyond its high-speed rail stomping grounds of Japan and Europe, as it seeks to join a project connecting Dallas and Houston in the U.S. state of Texas and get involved in work for an airport link around Bangkok.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thanathorn waits on ruling
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has been asked to rule whether Future Forward Party (FFP) leader and list-MP Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is eligible to sit on the budget bill scrutiny panel as an outsider.
— Bangkok Post

TOCOM jumps to 5-week high on disease outbreak in Thailand
Tokyo Commodity Exchange (TOCOM) futures jumped to a 5-week high on Wednesday as an outbreak of a fungal disease in top producer Thailand raised supply concerns.
— Business Recorder

Tackling Thailand’s food-waste crisis
When one-third of all food produced globally is thrown away while nearly one billion people go hungry, food waste is not only a moral travesty, it’s also a crime against nature.
— Bangkok Post

Huawei collaborates with Thai government agencies to set up Huawei Academy in Thailand
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak and Ren Zhengfei, the chief executive officer and founder of leading provider of ICT infrastructure Huawei, yesterday (Oct 22) witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Chinese tech giant and Thai government agencies, namely the National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) and National Innovation Agency (NIA), at Shenzhen city in China.
— Asia One

Thai challenges: The major industry barriers to product commercialisation revealed
An expert in the Thai food and beverage industry has weighed in on major barriers that local firms and food researchers with commercial aims face when it comes to commercialising products, particularly centred around a lack of overall understanding of the sector.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Education ministry asks young people to help improve history classes
To make learning history more fun, the Ministry of Education is engaging with young people to revolutionize class experience, aimed to make the subject more interesting among all groups of people.
— Newsline (video)

Cabinet approves second phase of “taste, shop, spend” campaign
The Cabinet today approved four measures to stimulate the domestic economy in the fourth quarter of 2019, including the second phase of the widely popular “taste, shop, spend” campaign.
— Newsline (video)

Digital Economy Ministry hold talks on AI-development ethics
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society recently joined hands with academics and experts holding a seminar to outline ethical codes for Artificial Intelligence (AI) development, as the technology is becoming widely adopted in day to day life.
— Newsline (video)

Committee on world food security appoints new Thai chair
Thanawat Tiensin has been unanimously selected as the new chairperson of the Committee on World Food Security (CFS) during the committee’s 46th annual meeting held last week .
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok hosts Global Summit of Women
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is supporting the “2020 Global Summit of Women” in Bangkok, 23 to 25 April 2020.
— TTR Weekly

More details released on case of German man on overstay allegedly dumping the body of an elderly German woman in local Chonburi canal.
A German national identified only as Richard has been charged with concealing, moving and damaging a corpse as well as being on overstay in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Thais and foreigners join the ‘Walk For Freedom’ anti-human trafficking campaign in Pattaya
Thais and foreigners join the ‘Walk For Freedom’ campaign in Pattaya Pattaya -Yesterday afternoon, multiple Thais and foreigners joined the ‘Walk For Freedom’ anti-human trafficking campaign in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Appeal for blood as National Blood Centre stocks run low
The National Blood Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society is appealing for blood donations from members of the public as blood reserves run low and fall short of demand.
— Thai PBS News

Seven people killed in van-truck collision in Ubon
Seven passengers in a mini-bus were killed and four others, including the driver, were seriously injured when their vehicle crashed into a six-wheel truck on a highway in Warin Chamrab district of Thailand’s north-eastern province of Ubon Ratchathani this morning (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS News

Phuket police arrest meth dealer, discover drugs valued at 15 million baht
Drugs valued at 15 million baht have been seized in a drug crackdown in Phuket. On October 22, Phuket police, along with Phuket Governor Pakkapong Tawipat, reported to the media about a drug crackdown that ended up with a total seizure valued around 15 million baht.
— The Thaiger

Out of 37 countries, Thailand has the worst pension system, says Bloomberg
Thai Residents reports that on Sunday, Bloomberg published an article on the world’s best pension systems, using information gathered from the 2019 Melbourne Mercer Global Pensions Index.
— The Thaiger

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

What you need to know about the Miss Grand International pageant
Since the establishment of the Thai-based pageant Miss Grand International in 2013, it has become one to watch out for.
— Rappler

PropertyGuru announces that IPO is a no go, stating current IPO market sentiment as main reason
PropertyGuru Limited today announces that it has decided not to proceed with its proposed initial public offering (IPO) on the Australian Securities Exchange (“ASX”).
— e27

International chess competition finishing in Jomtien
More than 300 youth and senior contenders from 42 countries are competing in the 2019 Thailand Pattaya Open Chess Championship, October 19-23 at the Bay Beach Resort in Jomtien.
— The Thaiger

Minivan operators at Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya warned after being caught on camera fighting
Minivan operators at Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya warned after fighting Pattaya -Minivan operators at the Bali Hai Pier have been officially warned by city officials after they were caught fighting on camera this week, allegedly over potential customers.
— The Pattaya News

Hotel guest in Chiang Mai runs up bill of nearly 50,000 baht before fleeing
A man who claims to be a doctor stayed in a Chiang Mai hotel for 21 nights, running up a bill of nearly 50,000 baht, before instructing the hotel to invoice the Ministry for the Interior and then fleeing the premises.
— 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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