Thailand morning news for October 7

Thailand morning news for October 7
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Thailand morning newsPheu Thai calls for urgent probe about alleged meddling in Yala’s judicial affairs
The Pheu Thai party is urging the government to investigate alleged meddling with the judiciary after a judge in the Yala provincial court shot himself on Friday in an apparent suicide bid related to unwarranted interference.
— The Thaiger

Six wild elephants drown after slipping off waterfall in Thai park
BANGKOK: Six wild elephants drowned after slipping off a waterfall at the Khao Yai National Park in Thailand.

Journalist barred from interviewing Thai activist
Meanwhile, in Thailand yesterday Phnom Penh-based Belgium journalist, Kris Janssens, was reportedly removed from his hotel room in Bangkok and taken by five Thai immigration police to the Immigration Bureau in Suan Plu.
— AEC News Today

Opposition to nuclear reactor project in Nakhon Nayok province
A group of residents of Ongkharak district in Nakhon Nayok province are camping in front of the Thailand Nuclear Technology Institute to oppose the institute’s plan to build a 20-megawatt nuclear reactor on its compound in the district.
— Thai PBS News

Gun judge faces flak
A report into the self-shooting by Judge Khanakorn Pianchana will be submitted on Monday to the Judicial Commission for consideration, according to Sarawut Benjakul, secretary-general of the Office of the Court of Justice.
— Bangkok Post

Public Health Minister to uphold decision on farm chemicals
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, has condemned those behind death threats received by analysts tasked with pursuing a ban on three chemicals being used in the agricultural sector.

NHSC urged to quickly decide chemicals’ fate
Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mananya Thaiset, says it is “not the time” to demand the government issue an executive decree to ban the use of three toxic chemicals that are widely used in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand and Myanmar Agree to Push Ahead With Dawei Special Economic Zone
Myanmar and Thailand have published their nine-point agreement to push through the implementation of the long-delayed US$8-billion (12.23-trillion-kyat) Dawei Special Economic Zone (SEZ) in southern Myanmar’s Tanintharyi Region, which is set to be Southeast Asia’s largest industrial complex.
— Irrawaddy

Kobsak: 3% GDP growth achievable
The government is maintaining its target for GDP growth of 3% this year, with a series of additional stimulus measures expected to boost the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Police Won’t Comment on Belgian Reporter Allegedly Detained for Redshirt Interview
A Belgian journalist was briefly detained while he was preparing to interview with a prominent Redshirt activist, a media organization said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Over half of Thais feel Government’s performance unchanged – Suan Dusit Poll
Over half of the respondents to a Suan Dusit Poll feel that the performance of the pre and post-election governments under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha are the same. The poll…
— Thai PBS News

Opposition files complaint to CSD police against 4th Army Region commander
Opposition parties today lodged a complaint with Crime Suppression Division police (CSD) accusing the commander of the Fourth Army Region, Lt-Gen Pornsak Poonsawat, and Maj-Gen Burin Thongprapai, a specialist with the forward command of the Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC), of making false allegations.
— Thai PBS News

Operation to remove dead jumbos from waterfall stalled
PRACHIN BURI: An operation was launched on Sunday to remove the carcasses of six wild elephants found on Saturday after falling from the top of Haew Narok waterfall in Khao Yai National Park and drowning, an official said. As of 8pm Thai time, the operation was yet to be successful.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok to test run air purifying tower on 8th October
Air quality in Bangkok and neighboring provinces has returned to normal after rain in recent days, which helped eliminate airborne particles.

Pattaya Mayor inspects water drainage road construction works in Pattaya…only about 10 percent done
Officials have announced phase 1 of the construction on the flood system along Pattaya Beach Road is now 10% complete and predict a section of the thoroughfare around Soi 13/3 and Soi 13 will be open within a few weeks.
— The Pattaya News

These 7 homegrown e-commerces are on track to put Thailand on global map
Southeast Asia is no stranger when it comes to strategically playing the e-commerce card, Thailand as a case in point. Although yet to see its first unicorn, Thailand’s e-commerce sector has blossomed and produced a total of US$3 billion in market value in 2018, as stated in an article by Bangkok Post. In the industry, […]
— e27

Agriculture Minister says he did not encourage use of hazardous chemicals
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Chalermchai Sri-on has confirmed that he and Deputy Prime Minister/Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit, have never encouraged the use of the hazardous chemicals, paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos.

Energy Ministry to phase out one fuel
The Energy Ministry plans to phase out one of the nine motor fuels in the local market in the next two months, but it will discuss the plan with refineries and traders before making a decision.
— Bangkok Post

Tax tweak disrupts bond markets
The 15% withholding tax collected on gains from fixed-income funds could affect the long-term trading structure of both the primary and secondary bond markets, says the Thai Bond Market Association (TBMA).
— Bangkok Post

Judge’s Protest by Attempted Suicide Shakes Judicial Authority
Thailand’s courts find themselves under intense scrutiny Friday after a judge shot himself to protest alleged interference in a trial that would have sent five men to death row.
— Khaosod English

Central Lab Thai offers free product tests for community enterprises
The attempt to improve product quality from community enterprises will both help small businesses and protect customers. Central Lab Thai has launched a campaign allowing community enterprises to send their products for laboratory tests free of charge.

Opposition claims they have not considered amending Constitution Section 1
Opposition parties have distanced themselves from Kasetsart University lecturer Mrs. Chalita Bandhywong, who has come under heavy online criticism for her proposal to amend Section 1 of the Constitution, defining Thailand as a single and indivisible kingdom, a proposal which some have interpreted as advocacy for separatism.
— Thai PBS News

Regulator agrees to single flat-rate numbering fee
The telecom regulator has agreed to set a single flat rate of 1.62 baht for the mobile phone numbering fee collected from operators per month per number.
— Bangkok Post

Innovation Thailand Expo showcases innovations for society, environment
World-class innovations to enhance the quality of life, improve communities and the environment are now being displayed at Innovation Thailand Expo 2019, presenting solutions to social issues.

Rate cut better than cash payout: expert
More cuts in the Bank of Thailand’s benchmark rate will be a more powerful option for stimulating the economy than the government’s 1,000-baht cash handout scheme, said an expert.
— Bangkok Post

Thai army charges opposition parties with sedition
BANGKOK: The Thai army has filed sedition charges against six key opposition party leaders who debated possible devolution of some powers to the nation’s violence-hit south.

Drone used to track 2 surviving elephants in Khao Yai
A drone has been used to locate two elephants that survived a plunge down a waterfall in Khao Yai National Park, a veterinarian said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Prime minister calls on all sectors to cooperate to solve airborne dust problem
Prime Minister/Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha called on all sectors to solve the PM 2.5 dust problem with understanding and without panicking. He has instructed authorities to take measures to reduce adverse effects on the people.

3m meth pills, 40kg ice seized in Chiang Rai
CHIANG RAI: Authorities seized 3 million methamphetamine pills and 40 kilogrammes of crystal meth, or ice, after giving chase to a car which broke through a drug checkpoint in Chiang Saen district of this northern province on Sunday morning, according to media reports.
— Bangkok Post

King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital launches lung cancer awareness campaign
The King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital of the Thai Red Cross Society has launched a lung cancer awareness campaign and introduced innovative technology for cancer risk analysis to create more precise and effective treatment.

Tourism Authority focuses on last quarter of 2019, drawing more Chinese tourists a top priority.
The Tourism and Sports Ministry and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) discussed how to stimulate tourism in the last quarter of 2019, aiming to draw more Chinese tourists to Thailand in accordance with Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan’s policies.
— The Pattaya News

PM hints at second phase of “Chim-Shop-Chai” scheme
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has hinted that the government may launch the second phase of the “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) scheme, after officials complete the assessment of the first phase and its ability to boost the weakening economy.
— Thai PBS News

Opinion: Social Media as Thailand’s Public Sphere of Last Resort
A recent controversy reminds us that in Thailand, certain topics cannot be publicly deliberate without severe risks.
— Khaosod English

NBTC bans TOT from project contracts
TOT is banned from all future projects commissioned by the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) after the regulator on Friday nullified three contracts under the Universal Service Obligation (USO) Net project that had been awarded to the state telecom enterprise, citing contractual violations.
— Bangkok Post

LH Bank sees brighter days next year
Land and Houses Bank (LH Bank), the financial arm of property developer Land and Houses Plc (LH), has set an aggressive target to double new mortgages to 8 billion baht next year after a flat showing anticipated this year.
— Bangkok Post

Excise Department helps stimulate grassroots economy
In response to the government’s policy to support income distribution in local communities, the Excise Department is to arrange activities to boost the income of participating communities across the country, and strengthen the domestic economy amid the global economic slowdown.

THAI CEO dismisses speculation that the airline is in financial crisis
Thai Airways International does not have a liquidity problem and it has sufficient revolving funds to continue operations into the future, THAI CEO Mr Sumet Damrongchaitham assured today.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s proptech FazWaz secures pre-Series A funding from undisclosed Singaporean group
Thailand-based proptech company FazWaz, announces that it has raised an undisclosed seven-figure pre-series A funding led by a Singaporean group, as reported in local news site The Thaiger.
— e27

Thai student detained in Cairo returns
Ibroheng Mali, the 25-year-old Thai Muslim student who was detained in Cairo, Egypt over his suspected ties to the Islamic State (IS) group, has been freed and is back in his home in Yala.
— Bangkok Post

Thai cave film makes world premiere at Busan festival
Directed by Irish-Thai film-maker Tom Waller, the film is the first in what is expected to be a rollout of big- and small-screen treatments of the cave rescue.

Thailand market among Asean best
Thailand has been one of the better-performing markets in Asean, a region that has done well for investors in times of volatility, say analysts from Principal Financial Group.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket’s hectic vegan festival
The Thep Rasri Foundation this year organized the Ladder of Knives ritual at Phuket’s hectic Vegan Festival 2019.

BAM ramps up bad-asset buys
Bangkok Commercial Asset Management (BAM) expects its bad-asset purchases from financial institutions to reach 12-15 billion baht this year amid the sluggish economy.
— Bangkok Post

Princess Chulabhorn is recuperating in hospital after surgery to treat numbness in left hand
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn is now recuperating in Chulabhorn Hospital after successful micro-surgery to remove fascial tissue which had caused numbness in her left hand.
— Thai PBS News

THAI Smile expanding India routes
THAI Smile, a wholly owned subsidiary of Thai International Airways, is set to add more direct flights to India to cash in on growing visitor numbers.
— Bangkok Post travel

Beam me up from Khao Kala’s Buddhist statue – UFOs come to Thailand
Just north of Bangkok, in Nakhon Sawan, an unlikely not-very-tall hill with a Buddha statue atop, is attracting throngs of UFO-seekers.
— The Thaiger

Thai man arrested after hiding in woman’s bathroom and watching women at local mall
A Thai man was arrested yesterday, October 5th, 2019, after he allegedly hid himself in the women’s bathroom of a popular local shopping mall with the intention of watching women use the restroom.
— The Pattaya News

Self-Mutilation Wows Crowds in 2019 Veggie Fest (Photos)
The purification week of 2019 vegetarian festival, or Kin Jae, entered its sixth day with parades of mediums channeling divine powers by shoving swords and blades into their bodies.
— Khaosod English


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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.

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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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