Thailand morning news for October 8

Thailand morning news for October 8
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Panel bans three controversial herbicides effective December 1
The four-party working committee, set up at the order of Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, agreed unanimously today to ban the production, import, sale and use of paraquat glyphosate and chlorpyrifos…
— Thai PBS News

Fact-finding panel to probe alleged meddling in judicial affairs
The Judicial Commission has set up a three-member panel to conduct a fact-finding investigation into the self-inflicted shooting of a chief judge at Yala provincial court last Friday and his…
— Thai PBS News

Chief executive survey sees slower growth in second half
Thailand’s economic growth is expected to expand at a slower pace in the second half, with a downward trajectory anticipated for each business segment, according to the latest chief executive survey.
— Bangkok Post

Rare Birds, Animals Under Threat From Amulet Craze, Campaigners Warn
Craze for helmeted hornbill heads as amulets and decorations is posing a serious to the birds’ small population in Thailand’s forests, conservation activists said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Income tax overhaul studied
The Revenue Department is conducting a study to overhaul the structure of allowances, deductions and exemptions for personal income tax, aiming to alleviate the tax burden for middle-income earners and reduce tax benefits for higher-income earners to narrow social disparity.
— Bangkok Post

Court Official Says No Meddling in Judges’ Works
The judicial branch on Monday launched an investigation into a recent attempted suicide by a judge who said he was protesting interference from the court higher-ups.
— Khaosod English

Opposition vows not to vote for budget bill
10 days before the national budget bill for 2020 fiscal year is due to be debated in parliament, Opposition leader Sompong Amornvivat announced today that his MPS will not vote for the bill “because the Opposition has never voted in support before”.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand to cut tariffs on branded products to boost tourism development
Thai Minister of Tourism and Sports Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn has said the ministry is pushing for cuts in tariffs on branded products to foster tourism sector – a key economic sector of the country.
— Vietnamplus

New joint bid to end wildlife trafficking
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) is joining hands with several international organisations to launch a campaign to end wildlife trafficking.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand unveils measures to slash emissions from vehicles
In a bid to control a major source of fine particulate matter PM2.5, Thailand’s Department of Land Transport (DLT) has announced a raft of measures to reduce emissions from vehicles.
— Vietnamplus

TCEB builds Mekong corridors
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau will support conferences that promote economic corridors with neighbouring countries to strengthen Thailand’s ambition to become an events hub for the Greater Mekong Subregion.
— TTR Weekly

Activists urge justice for poor
Civic networks on Monday called on the government to address land and housing problems facing the poor in both urban communities and rural areas.
— Bangkok Post

Thai banks earn high marks
Thai commercial banks were rated fully compliant by the Financial Sector Assessment Programme (FSAP), jointly conducted by the World Bank and the IMF, but the multilateral lenders pointed out that household debt, specialised financial institutions (SFIs) and cooperatives still need to improve.
— Bangkok Post

BoT unswayed by LTV relaxation requests
Even though property developers have asked for a relaxation of loan-to-value (LTV) regulations, the Bank of Thailand sees no need to do so.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Anti-Fake News Center Fans Fears of Censorship
Rights groups and opposition parties in Thailand are warning that a new center authorities plan to open by next month to combat the spread of fake news online may be misused to target and silence government critics.

Hun Sen says coup supporters will be caught in Thailand
Prime Minister Hun Sen yesterday vowed to cooperate with Thai authorities to arrest Sam Rainsy’s supporters who are aiding him with plans to stage a coup on November 9 and have fled to Bangkok.
— Khmer Times

Thailand gambling ban a failure, according to new survey
Thailand’s gambling prohibition is an abject failure, according to a new survey showing gambling participation on the rise.

Park officials escape summons in Porlajee case
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) will summon 20 witnesses for interviews over the murder of Karen rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen, DSI deputy director-general Korrawat Panprapakorn said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Piyabutr’s impartiality challenged questioning ISOC officer sedition accusation against 12 politicians and academics
The Palang Pracharat party has questioned the authority of Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, in his capacity as chairman of the House Committee on Laws, Justice and Human Rights, over…
— Thai PBS News

Police Say Belgian Reporter Held Over ‘National Security’ Concerns
A spokesman for the national police on Monday confirmed that a Belgian journalist was detained ahead of his interview with an anti-government activist last week.
— Khaosod English

Eight injured as pickup truck flipped in Bang Lamung
Eight injured as pickup truck flipped in Bang Lamung Bang Lamung – Eight people have sustained injuries after a pickup truck flipped in Pattaya yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

Locals complain about garbage dumping in Bang Lamung
Bang Lamung -Locals have complained to The Pattaya News and other local media on garbage dumping which was found in Nongprue.
— The Pattaya News

Prime Minister of Thailand asks for everyone to stop drinking for the end of Buddhist Lent
The Prime Minister has participated in a promotional activity for an alcohol-free End of Buddhist Lent and Kathin festival, urging all to refrain from temptations for the good of their health and family life.
— The Pattaya News

Chuan reminds opposition of 2004 armoury raid in Narathiwat as they ponder charter amendments
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has advised opposition parties to move cautiously if they want to amend any provision in the Constitution relating to resolving the southern unrest problem, in order to avoid past mistakes, resulting in a deterioration of the situation.
— Thai PBS News

57% of Thais gamble – new report
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation has hosted a meeting today to discuss the gambling situation in Thailand in 2019, as a report indicating that a whopping 30.42 million Thais, or 57% of the population, gamble.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Mai hotels face a quiet end to 2019
Chiang Mai hotels are bracing for a quiet end to 2019, along with other Thai tourist hotspots, due to the strength of the baht, an over-supply of rooms and the growing popularity of home-sharing accommodations like Airbnb.
— The Thaiger

Movies About King, Katoey, Bad Monk Added to National Film Heritage
Banned controversial movies, rare footage of early 20th century Siam, and the first-ever known film about katoey are some of the works selected for the National Film Heritage.
— Khaosod English

Thai student with suspected IS link released by Egypt
The Thai student, who has been held in custody in Egypt by the country’s security officials since his arrest on September 24th on suspicion of links to Islamic State, has been released and returned to his family in the southern Thai province of Yala.
— Thai PBS News



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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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