Thailand morning news for October 3

Thailand morning news for October 3
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Thai PM says no Islamic State ties to Thailand as Egypt arrests student
The Thai student, who has not been identified, was taken into custody by Egyptian authorities on Sept 24 in Cairo after a video clip circulated online that showed him voicing support for an “Islamic revolution” in an interview.
— Reuters

Thailand expects jump in Chinese tourists in Golden Week after year-ago lull
While a recent rebound in the number of visitors from China, Thailand’s biggest source of tourists, is encouraging for the industry, its outlook is weighed by China’s slowing economy and a strong baht THB=TH, they said.
— Reuters

21st dugong found dead in fish nets off Phang Nga
Another dugong, the 21st this year, has been found dead, trapped in fish net in the sea off Khura Buri district in Phang Nga.
— The Thaiger

The private sector cuts economic growth forecast to 2.7-3% from 2.9-3.3%
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) agreed today to lower down the economic growth projection (GDP) to 2.7-3% from 2.9-3.3% due to weakening economic growth during…
— Thai PBS News

Herbicide ban row deepens
Rifts within the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry over a proposed ban on three toxic farm herbicides are deepening amid claims the minister urged his staff to restrict the use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, instead of banning them completely.
— Bangkok Post

Sudarat claims PM will defy Constitution if he does not support amendments
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will be held accountable for violating the Constitution if he does not support efforts bid by both government and opposition parties to amend the charter.
— Thai PBS News

Draft bill to inspect e-bank transfers over 50,000 baht
The Deputy Government Spokesman Rachada Dhnadirek says the Cabinet has now approved a draft bill proposed by the Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) to inspect electronic transactions exceeding 50,000 baht, in a move to combat money laundering and financing of terrorists.
— The Thaiger

Southern Thailand: Heartbreak of martial law
Rights group records 13,000 people were arrested since 2004 after imposition of martial law in the region
— YeniSafak News

Yamato backs product certification centres
Yamato, a major Japanese logistics company, expressed an interest in co-investing with Thailand to build “certification hubs” for agricultural products at airports in both countries, said Jatuporn Niemsuk, a director of the International Affairs Division of the Ministry of Transport’s Office of the Permanent Secretary.
— Bangkok Post

Latest RCEP meeting ‘very fruitful’, says government
The 28th round of negotiations on the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) in Da Nang, Vietnam on Sept 19-27 were very fruitful and led to the conclusion of 13 of the 20 chapters in the proposed free trade agreement, the Commerce Ministry said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves Amlo’s funds scrutiny draft regulation
The cabinet has approved a draft regulation which would allow financial institutions to scrutinise their customers’ sources of money, in a move to combat money-laundering and terrorist financing.
— Bangkok Post

Special Branch police to stop background checks on Muslim students
Special Branch police have withdrawn their demand for universities to provide them with information about the backgrounds of their Muslim students.
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet approves flood relief budget
The cabinet has approved a budget of about 2.28 billion baht to repair roads and other infrastructure damaged by two storms last month.
— Bangkok Post

Haze eases today with excessive PM2.5 particulate in only one district
The Pollution Control Department reported today that PM2.5 in Bangkok and its peripherals was measured at between 19-52 micrograms/cubic metre (microns), with Bang Kho Laem the only district with high readings, compared to 22 areas yesterday. The levels on Tuesday were the worst in the past three days.
— Thai PBS News

WETA backs community power scheme
The Waste-to-Energy Trade Association (WETA) has given its full support to the government’s Energy for All scheme involving community-owned power, as the programme will increase power projects fuelled by agricultural waste.
— Bangkok Post

MOPH launches project to allow patients to get prescription medicines at pharmacies
The Ministry of Public Health (MOPH) has officially launched a project to reduce patient waiting time and ease hospital congestion by allowing patients to obtain prescription medicine from pharmacies close to their homes. The project aims to cover 50 hospitals and 500 pharmacies by next year.

Thailand’s Kasikornbank to give Shopee e-commerce merchants loans
Thailand’s second-largest lender, Kasirkonbank Pcl (Kbank) will start giving digital loans to sellers on Sea Ltd’s e-commerce business Shopee, in the bank’s latest digital partnership, it said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Thais rally to save this bird trafficked to near-oblivion for its big, weird head
A big bird that wears its own battle helmet has nearly disappeared from Thailand thanks to raging illicit trafficking, and now a campaign is calling for action to save them.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Fine dust at fine levels
Fine dust levels dropped to moderate to very good levels in greater Bangkok on Wednesday morning, except in the capital’s Bang Kholaem district where the PM2.5 level was above the predetermined “safe” threshold.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya police make largest drug bust in 10 years
Pattaya police have made their largest drugs seizure in 10 years – almost a million speed pills and a kilogramme of crystal methamphetamine, valued at 100 million baht – and arrested five suspects.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand inducts second Krabi-class OPV
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has commissioned its second Krabi-class missile-capable offshore patrol vessel (OPV).
— Jane’s Navy International

Malaysia-Thailand trade up 14.1pc in 2018
Bilateral trade between Malaysia and Thailand stood at US$26.19 billion last year, an increase of 14.1 per cent from the US$22.96 billion registered in 2017.
— malaymail

Battle to woo trade war’s corporate refugees heats up
When trade war tariffs jolted Chinese tire-maker Prinx Chengshan into speeding up foreign investment plans, the company wound up in Thailand, thanks to that country’s relentless courtship.
— BusinessWorld

Civic groups doubt Democrat party’s stance on three controversial herbicides
Civic and consumer protection groups, which have been persistently campaigning for a complete ban on the use of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, have submitted a letter to the Democrat party leader questioning the party’s policy regarding the three herbicides.
— Thai PBS News

Operators lukewarm on tourism scheme
Tour operators have cast doubt on whether the government’s latest measures will effectively boost domestic tourism, citing the poor performance of the cash giveaway and rebate scheme.
— Bangkok Post

Tourist decline continues at Angkor
The number of foreign visitors at the world-famous Angkor Archaeological Park in Siem Reap continues to decline according to the latest figures from Angkor Enterprise.
— Bangkok Post

Netizens Angered by Motorcade Traffic Woes
Commuters frustrated with police’s traffic blockade during Tuesday’s evening rush hours are taking to social media to air their complaints.
— Khaosod English

PM Prayut joins volunteer project, inspects Royal Barge Procession route
The government has organized a volunteer project to improve the landscape along the banks of the Chao Phraya River, as the Royal Barge Procession will take place on October 24 this year.

No land, no fish: Mekong community in northeast Thailand struggles against a double-threat
Ubon Ratchathani locals in northeast Thailand are wondering why they are being prosecuted for farming on land passed on to them by their parents.

Record results at Medical Fair Thailand 2019
With 11,525 trade visitors from over 70 countries and 900 exhibitors, the recent staging of MEDICAL FAIR THAILAND 2019 in Bangkok, closed to record results.

Multiple Beggars with children escape after being detained in Pattaya
Pattaya -Homeless people, beggars with children and flower sellers have escaped after being detained in Pattaya last night according to local police. Officials from the Chonburi Protection Centre for the Destitute and the Pattaya City Law Enforcement last night have detained many local homeless people, beggars with children and flower sellers.
— The Pattaya News

QR Codes and Credit Cards Now Accepted on Some Bangkok Buses
Commuters can now pluck out their smartphones or contactless credit cards to pay for fares on more than 3,000 state-owned buses, the city transportation authority announced on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

FDA recalls 9 batches of ‘contaminated’ antibiotic Tazocin
The Food and Drug Administration has recalled nine batches of the antibiotic medication Tazocin after silicone oil contamination was found in numerous vials.
— Bangkok Post

Most of Thailand to see rain over the next two days
Thailand’s Meteorological Department (TMD) says most of the country is in for stormy showers and overcast weather for the next two days.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t unveils 100-baht domestic tour packages
Tourism promotion campaigns such as “Chim Shop Chai – Eat, Shop, Spend” have received good feedback from the general public, despite complaints on the complexity of registration. The government yesterday approved another campaign to promote domestic tourism at year’s end, with 100-baht tourism packages.

Low income earners welfare campaign gets one year extension
The Cabinet this week extended the welfare campaign for low income earners until September 2020, which is expected to cost 1.8 billion baht offering utility subsidies and a 5% VAT rebate.

Anchored in Thailand
After years of anchoring inside South Pacific atolls–where tropical islands of sand and coral lie just a few feet above shimmering seas, and our tallest companions were rustling coconut palms–we’ve entered a new region, one of imposing scale and grandeur. It feels like we’ve wandered into the mythical world of King Kong.
— Cruising World

Analysis: Southeast Asia’s LNG balancing role in focus, as Thailand agrees import capacity expansion
Thailand’s Map Ta Phut phase 3 expansion has turned focus to Southeast Asia’s demand growth potential and future balancing role in global LNG, as oversupply concerns extend into the mid-2020s.
— S&P Global

Actor Bin halts donations campaign after B422m raised for flood victims
Actor Bin Bunluerit has wound down the public donation campaign he launched in mid-September to help flood victims in this northeastern province, with contributions standing at more than 422 million baht as of Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

‘Billionaire’ left his ‘pretty’ bride with B3.5m debt
The mother of a 30-year-old local woman who worked as a product presenter — locally dubbed a pretty — complained a man who described himself a billionaire left her daughter with a 3.5-million-baht debt for their luxurious wedding party.
— Bangkok Post

First Thai cave rescue movie premieres, promises to capture peril of the mission
From flooded passages lit by headlamps to urgent voices echoing off cramped walls, the director of The Cave – the first big-screen retelling of Thai rescue operation – promises to capture the peril of the mission when it premieres at Busan International Film Festival.

Here’s Pope Francis’ Schedule for His Thailand Visit
Pope Francis will have an audience with His Majesty the King, meet PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, and holds two masses in Bangkok when he visits the capital next month, Vatican representatives said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya residents annoyed by foreign hawkers using children to sell flowers
Locals in Pattaya are complaining about flower vendors using young children to sell their wares late at night along the city’s infamous Walking Street.
— The Thaiger

Global problems, housing and land shortages : Is there a solution?
Bangkok, like other major cities around the world, is getting bigger, in terms of population. Bangkok has the highest population density in Thailand, with approximately 5.6 million people residing in…
— Thai PBS News

No, please, really about those cables, Bangkok says following spectacular sidewalk blaze
A street aflame with burning cables this morning left many convinced it’s well past time the government speed efforts to underground the kingdom’s notoriously messy, overhead cables.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Tourists wrap up in warm coats as cold spell from China hits northern Thailand
Tourists wrapped up in coats in northern Thailand on Wednesday (October 2) after officials warned of an unseasonal cold snap.

Tobacco control center lauds Thai gov’t bans on e-cigarette
The Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre (TRC) on Wednesday lauded the Thai government’s commitment not to reverse a ban on smoking alternatives such as e-cigarettes.
— Xin Hua

Online sales skyrocket in first half for Thailand’s King Power
Online sales and orders on King Power International Group’s Chinese-language portal have boomed in the first six months of 2019, according to the retailer and its website developer Jessica’s Secret.
— The Moodie Davitt Report

New ASEAN committee to implement norms for countries’ behaviour in cyberspace
ASEAN is one step closer to implementing norms that form the basis for responsible state behaviour in cyberspace, as countries in the regional grouping agreed to set up a working-level committee on the matter.

Top 10 tips to avoid food poisoning in Thailand, and cures (2019)
This information is provided as a general guideline if you are confronted with food poisoning.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s Gulf Energy and PTT to build $1.33 billion LNG project with the government
Thailand’s Gulf Energy Development Pcl and state-owned PTT Pcl will build a 40.9 billion baht ($1.3 billion) gas terminal and port on the country’s east coast, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Prudential’s Eastspring buys second Thai asset manager to boost growth
Prudential Plc’s (PRU.L) Asian asset management unit Eastspring Investments is buying 50.1% of Thanachart Fund Management Co. Ltd. (TFUND) for 4.21 billion baht ($137.5 million), just a year after entering the Thai mutual fund market via an acquisition.
— Reuters

Thai hotelier Centara, Japan’s Taisei, Kanden to build $300 mln hotel
Thailand’s Centara Hotels & Resorts and Japanese firms Taisei Corporation and Kanden Realty & Development signed a 9 billion baht ($293.64 million) agreement to build a luxury hotel in Osaka, Centara’s chief executive said on Wednesday.
— Reuters


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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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