Thailand morning news for October 25

Thailand morning news for October 25
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Thailand leaps 6 spots in ‘Ease of doing business’ ranking
Thailand moved up six places to 21st out of 190 countries in the World Bank’s 2020 ease of doing business rankings, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

It’s Official…the high speed rail from Bangkok to Pattaya signed into agreement today, set to be finished by 2023.
Thailand’s plans for a new $7.4 billion high-speed rail link from Bangkok to the tourist town of Pattaya got the go ahead on Thursday after months of negotiations that spilled over into public acrimony.
— The Pattaya News

Future Forward’s By-Election Defeat Reflects Trust in Prayuth, Gov’t Says
A cabinet member on Thursday hailed the pro-government coalition’s victory in yesterday’s by-election as a proof of the public’s confidence in PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s leadership.
— Khaosod English

US Urges Thailand to Delay Ban on Pesticide Glyphosate
The US Agricultural Department is calling for a delay on the ban on aggro-pesticide glyphosate, because it says the ban will disrupt Thailand’s import of soybean, wheat, coffee, apples, grapes and other agricultural produce, which is worth Bt51 billion annually, from the US and other trading partners.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand Weir as US Treasury Report on Currency Manipulators Due
Thailand and Asia are bracing for the latest US Treasury report on foreign currency manipulators. The report comes in the middle of a trade war that shows no sign of ending.
— Chiang Rai Times

Farmers voice different opinions over chemical ban
A group has come out in protest of the government’s decision to ban the use of three chemicals in agriculture, saying they will seek a ruling from the Administrative Court on the matter.
— Newsline (video)

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

Thailand Post lost B61,000 diamond rings in EMS
An online jeweller has filed a complaint against Thailand Post for losing his parcel containing three diamond rings worth 61,000 baht sent to a customer in Samut Prakan province.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand drafts AI ethics guidelines
The Thai Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry has drafted the country’s first artificial intelligence (AI) ethics guidelines.
— Vietnamplus

Chinese tourist arrivals surge 31% for Sept, year on year
According to the Ministry of Tourism & Sports (MoTS) latest statistics, the number of Chinese international tourist arrivals for September surged from 647,711 in September last year, to 852,130 this year – a jump of 31.56%.
— The Phuket News

Thailand’s MP by-election secures victory for government party’s candidate
Thailand’s by-election of a Member of Parliament (MP) in a constituency near Bangkok on Wednesday secured victory for the candidate of a government party.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s largest company CP Group signs $7.4 bn rail deal
A consortium led by Thailand’s largest conglomerate CP Group on Thursday signed a $7.4 billion deal to build a high-speed railway connecting three airports, the spine of an infrastructure scheme set to transform the southern coast into a tech hub.
— Yahoo News

Thailand to auction 5G spectrum in February 2020
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) plans to complete its auction for 56 licences for 5G spectrum in early 2020.
— Telecompaper

There’s a boot on the neck of Thailand’s democracy undermining its legitimacy
An unwashed, blood-stained shirt hung in a clear plastic bag at a recent exhibit of human rights evidence and art in Chiang Mai University.
— Asean Today

Thailand must boost cybersecurity infrastructure
Some 35 per cent of businesses in Thailand said their most significant cyber breach cost US$1 million or more in damage, a recent report noted.
— OpenGov

Thailand’s First Privacy Law Carries EU-Like Rules
Companies will need permission to collect the data of citizens in Thailand under the nation’s first privacy law, even if they don’t have a physical presence in the country.
— Bloomberg Law

Future Forward Party poll loss ‘points to wider trend’
The Future Forward Party’s by-election defeat in Nakhon Pathom indicates a decline in the FFP’s popularity and it may not be a one-off loss for the opposition party, according to an academic.
— Bangkok Post

Education ministry seeks education upgrade
The Ministry of Education aims to upgrade the quality of education in Thailand, and ensure the same standard of teaching is followed by all teachers.
— Newsline (video)

Thai youths want their own start-ups
ASEAN youths are highly aware of potential disruption and challenges brought on by technological advancement in the job market, requiring them to upgrade their skills regularly.
— The Asean Post

Mothers plead for lives of men guilty of murdering British backpackers in Thailand
The mothers of two Myanmar men sentenced to death for the murder of a pair of British backpackers in Thailand today submitted a plea for clemency from the Thai king.
— Evening Standard

Thailand: The Impact of Artificial Intelligence and its possible effects on Thailand
With our ever-growing dependence on technology, the field of Artificial Intelligence (“AI”) is stronger than ever.
— Lexology

Thai auto-parts maker suspends work at one plant for two months amid industry slump
Thailand’s biggest auto parts manufacturer, Thai Summit Group, said it will suspend operations at one of its 26 factories for two months, due to a drop in orders from automakers.
— Reuters

Soi Dog Foundation steps in to assist displaced animals during record flooding in Ubon
The Soi Dog Foundation along with the Ubon Dog Lover Club has stepped in to help displaced animals in the record flooding in Ubon recently.
— The Pattaya News

Thanathorn named consultant of budget bill panel
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana has been voted chairman of the House committee on the fiscal 2020 budget while Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been named its adviser.
— Bangkok Post

Nakhon Pathom poll: Fun math that won’t amuse Thanathorn
The math and stats emerging from Nakhon Pathom don’t look good for Future Forward. They, and what the party has said and done itself, combine to make the by-election loss…
— Thai PBS News

CP-led consortium signs three-airports train contract
The Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium signed a contract with the State Railway of Thailand on Thursday to build a high-speed train network linking three major airports.
— Bangkok Post

Hundreds Besiege Police Dept. to Seek Road Rage Man Who ‘Insults Thailand’
A man whose incoherent rant prompted a massive outrage on social media that spilled into a real-life protest apologized Thursday for his inflammatory words.
— Khaosod English

Phase 2 ‘Chim-Shop-Chai’ scheme attracts brisk response
Phase 2 of the Government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat, Shop, Spend) scheme attracted a massive response when it was launched this morning at 6am, with its quota of 500,000 subscribers being achieved in just one hour and 18 minutes. The number of subscribers is limited to one million per day and registration will be open for just three days.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Red Cross issues appeal for blood donations
Blood supplies are running low and The National Blood Centre of the Thai Red Cross Society is urging members of the public to give blood in order to help meet demand.
— The Thaiger

28 Year-Old Korean Man Stabbed 17 Times in Pattaya
A 28 year-old Korean man,is in a coma after being stabbed 17 times in the South Pattaya early on Thursday morning. Police were informed of the attack about 2am on deserted Sen Rong Moo Road, off Khao Ta Lo Road.
— Chiang Rai Times

Ubon Ratchathani collision kills seven, seriously injures four
An accident between a mini-bus and a six-wheel truck has left seven dead and seriously injured four others.
— The Thaiger

Police foil attempt to smuggle one million yaba pills from north to south of Thailand
Thai Residents reports that acting on intelligence reports, Border Patrol Police (BPP) in Chiang Mai have busted a drug smuggling operation that was attempting to transport a million yaba pills from the north of the country to the south.
— The Thaiger

Visa fee waiver to run until end of April
The government will extend the waiver of visa-on-arrival fees for another six months to boost the number of foreign tourists entering the Kingdom.
— The Thaiger

KTB adds on vintage NPA reserves
Krungthai Bank (KTB) aims to continue setting aside additional loan-loss reserves for vintage non-performing assets (NPAs) this quarter after the planned divestment of bad assets was delayed because of the sluggish economy and property sector.
— Bangkok Post

SCG mulling reduction of revenue goal
Siam Cement Group (SCG), Thailand’s largest cement maker and industrial conglomerate, is considering cutting its 2019 revenue projection again, blaming weaknesses in its petrochemical business.
— Bangkok Post

‘Embracing Taiwan’ campaign to be aired in Philippines, Vietnam, India, Thailand
Four tailor-made television shows promoting Taiwan and co-produced by the Taiwan government and TV stations in four Asian countries will be aired in their respective countries next month with the aim to enhance people-to-people ties, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Tuesday.

Thai football team in highest spot in decade
The Thai national team has moved up to the highest position in a decade in the latest Fifa rankings.
— Bangkok Post

Hunt for suspect who shot a dog with a spear gun
Military officers at an army barracks in Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla are looking for a suspect, believed to be a soldier, who shot and seriously wounded a dog with…
— Thai PBS 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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