Thailand morning news for September 10

Thailand morning news for September 10
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Australian newspaper reports on Thai minister’s criminal drug past
The Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompow has had his accounts about his role in a 3.2 kilogram heroin-smuggling ring challenged by an Australian newspaper.
— The Thaiger

Minister Won’t Explain Heroin Conviction, Jail Time in Australia
A senior government official on Monday declined to address allegations that he spent four years behind bars in Australia for smuggling heroin back in the 1990s.
— Khaosod English

DSI chief expects Billy’s murder case to be concluded sooner than predicted
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI) is expected to conclude its investigation into the murder of Karen human rights defender Polajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen much sooner than the 2-3 months previously anticipated.
— Thai PBS News

Government not tackling Thailand’s economic woes – poll
Most people regard the government of Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha as lacking the capacity to tackle economic woes – this, the latest results from yesterday’s NIDA poll.
— The Thaiger

Excise predicts B1.5bn from next phase of sugary drinks tax
The Excise Department estimates the second phase of the tax hike on sugar-sweetened beverages, effective from Oct 1, will contribute an additional 1.5 billion baht a year to state coffers.
— Bangkok Post

Gov’t Hints at Closed Session for Royal Oath Debate
The government said Monday that parts of an upcoming parliament debate on PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s failure to complete his swearing-in may be held behind closed doors.
— Khaosod English

Weekend flooding threatens provinces in the Chao Phraya basin
The Royal Irrigation Department has issued an urgent flood alert for seven provinces as more water is released from the reservoirs feeding the Chao Phraya dam at Chai Nat province in central Thailand (map below).
— The Thaiger

Thailand worries mass tourism is bringing terrorism troubles
Thailand, popularly known as the “Land of Smiles,” is no longer smiling so much as fears grow that the rapidly rising inflow of tourists may be undermining the country’s national security.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

RCEP meet in Bangkok ends with no significant progress
Ministers from 16 countries negotiating for an Asia-wide free trade pact failed to make significant progress in a meeting Sunday held in the Thai capital, according to Japan’s representatives.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies dugongs as “vulnerable”
The International Union for Conservation of Nature classifies dugongs as “vulnerable,” what is the primary threat of these rare marine animals?
— NBT World (video)

Thailand and Vietnam fight to attract manufacturers
Thailand is discussing a raft of incentives to tempt manufacturers away from China, which is caught up in a damaging trade war with the US.
— HRM Asia

EU Ambassador upbeat on Thai FTA talks
The EU ambassador to Thailand said he was “optimistic” the long-delayed free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations will continue between Thailand and the EU at the 7th annual EU-Asean Business Summit in Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN pushes for human resources development
A high-level ASEAN meeting was held in Thailand for ASEAN member states to push for human resources development, which was co-organized by the Office of the ASEAN Secretary, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), World Bank, and UNICEF.
— NBT World (video)

Turkish media, PRD to enhance mass communications cooperation
Members of the media from Turkey visited Thailand to exchange information with executives of the Public Relations Department (PRD) and to observe broadcast operations at the National Broadcasting Services of Thailand (NBT), marking the commencement of the radio and television content creation cooperation next year.
— NBT World (video)

Beverage manufacturers prepares for sugar tax
Starting October 1st, 2019, the Excise Department will impose a new rate of sugar tax that was first announced in 2017 to encourage the general public to consume less sugar. Manufacturers have reportedly reduced sugar content in beverages over the past 2 years.
— NBT World (video)

Sattahip rescuers help flood victims in Ubon Ratchathani
Sattahip rescue workers today arrived in Ubon Rachathani to deliver necessary items for flood victims supported by donations of Pattaya residents and tourists.
— The Pattaya News

Central, China’s launch financial services app Dolfin
Thailand’s largest retailer, Central Group, and China’s on Monday launched an financial services app to expand services with local banks in the latest move by the mall operator to increase its digital presence.
— Bangkok Post

Thai tourists avoid Hong Kong amid protests
The number of Thai visitors staying overnight in Hong Kong fell in July as the Chinese semi-autonomous territory was battered by prolonged protests calling for democracy.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward party leader told to stop his divisive rhetoric
The Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has been told by the deputy spokesman of Palang Pracharat, the core government party, to cease his divisive rhetoric which, he claims, is inciting public distrust and misunderstanding of the government.
— Thai PBS News

Canadian arrested for stealing luggage at Suvarnabhumi airport
A Canadian woman was arrested on Monday for stealing other people’s luggage at Suvarnabhumi airport.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s healthcare ranked sixth best in the world
Thailand is gaining worldwide recognition for the quality of its healthcare services, after the US magazine CEOWORLD placed Thailand sixth in its’ 2019 list of countries with the best healthcare systems, the Public Health Ministry said.
— Bangkok Post

Local monks help gather food for flood victims in Pattaya
Monks from Jittapawan Temple together with Nerntawan Meditation Center were gathering donations of dried food from locals in Soi Bua Khao for the flood victims donation in the Northeast of Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Four witnesses interviewed in case of Hotel Chef shooting by police officer in alleged self defense, investigation continues
Four witnesses have been interviewed separately by the Pattaya Police that were present during the shooting of a 35 year old Hotel Chef at a hotel in Naklua over the weekend.
— The Pattaya News

Bhumjaithai party calls last cannabis forum
The Bhumjaithai Party has held its last public forum to gather public input in regard to amendments to the draft Narcotics Act and the draft Narcotics Plant Institute of Thailand Act, to push for a free cannabis policy for economic and medical benefits.

HM Queen Sirikit returns to hospital for examination
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit, the Queen Mother, has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok for follow-up examinations.
— The Thaiger

Police shoot and kill chef in North Pattaya hotel car park
Naew Na Police are continuing their investigations after a fatal shooting by a police officer in the car park of a North Pattaya hotel last Friday night.
— The Thaiger

Thai gov’t to offer discounted sticky rice packs to low-incomers
The Thai Commerce Ministry on Monday announced it will start distribution of glutinous rice packs, with price set much lower than the market prices to provide relief to low-income consumers in the wake of the all-time high prices of glutinous rice.
— Xinhuanet

Thai entrepreneurs get digital business training
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (DEPA), the National Innovation Agency of Thailand (NIA) and a venture capital firm jointly organised the Netpreneur Training Thailand Program.
— OpenGov

Censored and censured art student wanted Thais to see Buddha as hero (Photos)
One of Thailand’s top artists has come to the defense of a senior university art student who was forced to apologize for depicting the Buddha as a Japanese superhero.
— Bangkok Post

Fine Arts Department to display China’s terracotta warriors
The Department of Fine Arts is to put China’s Terracotta Warriors on display at the Sivamok Phiman Throne Hall in the Bangkok National Museum. An exhibition titled “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and the Terracotta Warriors” will be held at the museum, starting September 15th.
— NBT World (video)

Flood waters reach Roi Et in Thailand’s north-east
Run-off from last week’s heavy rains around Khon Kaen and parts of the north-east, have now made their way to the province of Roi-Et, south east of Khon Kaen.
— The Thaiger

Drainage system work continues on Beach Road, more sections of road to close to traffic soon
A Pattaya City Officials have announced this afternoon that further portions of the road will be closed for construction in the coming weeks and months, including high season, causing potential traffic disruption.
— The Pattaya 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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