Thailand morning news for September 11

Thailand morning news for September 11
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Thailand first in Asia to roll out plain cigarette packaging
Thailand rolled out plain cigarette packaging on Tuesday (Sep 10), the first country in Asia to introduce what activists say is an effective way to reduce the appeal of smoking.

Thailand leads suicide rate in ASEAN
THAILAND is leading the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) in the most number of suicides, a study by the World Health Organization (WHO) showed.
— Asean Economist

PM says he will handle the Opposition’s debate himself
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today (Tuesday) that he is not worried about the Opposition’s debate against him over the incomplete oath recital issue as he reiterated his innocent intention.
— Thai PBS News

Pheu Thai MP seeks police protection after being assaulted by fellow MP in the parliament compound
Pheu Thai MP for Maha Sarakham province has sought police protection after he was allegedly assaulted by a fellow Pheu Thai MP in the office of party leader Sompong Amornvivat in the parliament compound this afternoon (Tuesday).
— Thai PBS News

Thammanat denies being key gang member
Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thammanat Prompow has denied having been a key member of a heroin smuggling gang in a 1993 case in Sydney as reported by Australian newspapers.
— Bangkok Post

Big Retailers Pledge to Drop Plastic Bags by 2020
Beginning next year, almost all major retailers in the country will stop giving out plastic bags in a first step towards the government’s plan to eradicate single-use plastic bags by 2021.
— Khaosod English

Thai appeals WTO’s favorable ruling on PH cigar tax dispute
Thailand has appealed the second compliance panel report of the World Trade Organization ordering the ASEAN country to implement the tax valuation reforms and correct the discriminatory higher tax it imposed on Philippine cigarettes.
— Manila Bulletin

Thailand’s jump to high-income status at risk: Fitch
THAILAND is at risk of a protracted slowdown in the next decade, on the back of its ageing population and lack of economic reforms, analysts at Fitch Solutions have suggested.
— The Business Times

Thailand keeps value-added tax at 7% for another year
Thailand’s cabinet agreed to maintain the current value-added tax at 7 per cent for another year to September 2020, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Tuesday, as economic growth slows.
— The Business Times

Customs grab B90m in tax dodge items
Ninety million baht’s worth of brand-name products were seized in tax evasion cases between last October and last month, the Customs Department says.
— Bangkok Post

Feature: Thailand struggles to find buyers for surprise sugar surplus
Higher-than-expected sugar cane production in Thailand in the October 2018-September 2019 marketing year and weak regional demand for refined sugar continues to keep Thai cash premiums under pressure and traders struggling to find buyers for Thai cargoes, market sources said Monday.
— Hellenic Shipping News

Pushing forward Thailand 4.0
Foreign investors ranging from global giants to fast-growing start-ups are focusing on Thailand as it races to transform itself into Thailand 4.0, the region’s innovation and knowledge-based digital hub.
— OpenGov

Singapore’s imports of Thai rice ‘easily met’ by alternative sources but climate change could affect food security
Singapore’s imports of Thai rice can be easily met by alternative sources, said the Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI) in response to CNA queries about recent reports of severe droughts in Thailand that had affected rice production there.

Thailand to announce economic stimulus packages for farmers
The Thai government will announce economic stimulus packages for poor people in rural areas as part of an effort to bring GDP growth to over 3 percent in 2019, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has said.
— Vietnamplus

India, Singapore, Thailand to hold trilateral exercises in Andaman Sea
India, Singapore and Thailand are set to hold another trilateral naval exercise in the Andaman Sea between September 16 and 20 with an eye on ensuring a free and unhindered shipping flow through the Malacca Straits, according to top officials.
— Connected to India

PACC to share probe results on Porlajee’s death with DSI
The Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) on Tuesday decided to forward findings from its investigation into a case against the former chief of Kaeng Krachan National Park to the Department of Special Investigation (DSI).
— Bangkok Post

Krabi ex-mayor loses legal fight
The Supreme Court on Tuesday handed down a suspended three-and-a-half-year prison sentence to former Krabi mayor Chuan Pukaoluan for forest encroachment, ending his 33-year legal battle with the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok retains crown as top destination
The annual Mastercard Global Destination Cities Index has again named Bangkok the No.1 destination city globally and in Asia-Pacific, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors.
— Bangkok Post

BCP rolling out startup from accelerator in 2020
SET-listed Bangchak Corporation (BCP) plans to introduce its first energy startup in 2020 after spending US$50 million as an accelerator since 2017.
— Bangkok Post

Expats rate Thailand as 25th best spot
Thailand ranked 25th out of 64 destinations to live and work worldwide in the Expat Insider 2019 survey by InterNations.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand beat Indonesia for first 2022 World Cup qualifier win
Thailand gave new national team coach Akira Nishino his first win in the 2022 World Cup Asian Zone Group G qualifier on Tuesday with a 3-0 victory over Indonesia in Jakarta.
— Bangkok Post

PM vague on charter change
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha insisted he is not against moves by the opposition and the Democrat Party to seek constitutional amendments, despite other coalition parties appearing lukewarm at the idea.
— Bangkok Post

Relocation perks get OK
The cabinet on Tuesday greenlighted fresh perks to woo foreign investors looking to relocate their production base amid the Sino-US trade war.
— Bangkok Post

Defending human rights in Thailand
One Friday evening in 2004, Angkhana Neelapaijit was finishing household chores with her 5 children while waiting for her husband to come home from work.
— Rappler

Police probe online baby adoption service
Thailand’s anti-human trafficking police have been ordered to investigate a Facebook page which was allegedly offering an adoption service for parents who cannot afford to raise their baby, said Social Development and Human Security Minister Chuti Krairiksh today (Tuesday).
— Thai PBS News

Another micro party pulls out of coalition
An MP of a micro party who threatened to pull out of the coalition last week has made good on his word with a formal announcement of his party, saying it would not tolerate insulting remarks by the coalition’s coordinator.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Tourism Ministry announces August tourism results..up 5.59% year over year, Chinese rebounds strong
The number of foreign tourists arriving in Thailand rose 5.59% in August from a year earlier, with Chinese visitor numbers rebounding strongly, the tourism ministry said on Tuesday.
— The Pattaya News

The Supreme Court hands suspended jail term to Krabi businessman and awards Poda Island to the National Park Dept.
After more than 30 years of legal battles, that involved three relates cases over the ownership of the scenic Poda Island off the coast of Thailand’s southern coastal province of Krabi, the Supreme Court has upheld the 42-month prison sentence imposed on one of the province’s influential businessmen, Mr. Chuan Phukaoluan, by the Appeals Court.
— Thai PBS News

Radio Host Says He Was Fired For Criticizing Army
A radio talk show host said Tuesday he was dismissed for disparaging the armed forces, but a station executive has blamed poor ratings and shoddy ethics.
— Khaosod English

Thai opposition calls on Cabinet member to clear his name
Thailand’s opposition called on Tuesday (Sep 10) for a Cabinet member and prominent ruling party figure to clear his name after Australian media reported that he had been jailed for four years on a drugs charge in Australia in the 1990s.

“Don’t extend opening hours to 4am” – Tourist zones
“Think again about extending pub opening hours to 4am in tourist areas”. That’s the advice from Dr Mohamed Fahmy Tale, an advocate for alcohol control, directed to Thailand’s tourism minister, Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
— The Thaiger

Thammanat Threatens to Sue Aussie Paper for Drug Allegation
Top government officials on Tuesday kept tight lip when questioned about a recent allegation that one of the cabinet members spent four years behind bars in Australia for drug trafficking.
— Khaosod English

Tourism minister asks Cabinet to grant extra holiday days to government officials to boost tourism
Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn said he would ask the Cabinet today (Tuesday) to grant an extra two-day holiday to government officials and state enterprise employees to boost tourism.
— The Pattaya News

New bus route numbering system planned
The Transport Ministry plans to renumber bus routes in Bangkok to make them easier for commuters to remember.
— Bangkok Post

Chonburi governor signs off on cat and dog control law for Pattaya
Cats and dogs being controlled in Pattaya Pattaya -Cats and dogs in Pattaya must be registered within 365 days, per a new law the Chonburi governor passed last week.
— The Pattaya News

Immigration police conduct spot-check of Nana area of Bangkok
Naew Na Immigration police headed to the Nana area of Bangkok to inspect businesses and operators last night in the popular market zone. The ‘walk thru’ started at 8 pm as Immigration police visited Sois 3 – 5 along Sukhumvit Road checking on foreign workers and work permits. Immigration officials say there were no […]
— The Thaiger

Phuket Governor requests 38 million baht to finally finish Provincial Hall
The Governor of Phuket, Phakaphong Tavipatana, confirms he has requested 38 million baht for the long-awaited completion of Phuket Provincial Hall on the south side of Phuket town.
— The Thaiger

Foreign vlogger faces defamation charges in Pattaya after video on massage shop
Thai police are hunting a foreign vlogger after he posted that tourists could get sex at a traditional Thai massage shop in Central Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

‘Ultraman Buddha’ paintings banned from sale
The controversial paintings depicting the Japanese superhero character Ultraman as the Lord Buddha have been banned from sale by their painter’s university.
— Bangkok Post

Body of missing crewman found in salvaged boat
The body of a missing crewman was found trapped in a salvaged fishing boat reportedly swamped by a cargo ship’s wake in the Chao Phraya River on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s first AI journalist named ‘Suthichai AI’ unveiled
Thailand’s National Electronics and Computer Technology Centre (NECTEC) and National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) have unveiled Thailand’s first artificial intelligence (AI) journalist, which is claimed to be capable of presenting and analyzing news fast and accurately, like the former editor of The Nation newspaper Suthichai Yoon.
— Thai PBS News

Murder accused under police hospital watch to face charges “soon”
Police confirm that a man accused of killing his 21 year old girlfriend is currently undergoing hospital treatment after trying to take his own life but will soon be brought to court to face charges.
— The Thaiger

65% of Laem Charoen sold to MK Group
Laem Charoen Seafood, a 40-year-old Thai restaurant chain, expects stronger business results after selling a majority stake to SET-listed MK Restaurant Group last Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Gettgo brings premium options online
Muangthai Broker (MTB), an open architecture insurance arm of Muang Thai Group Holding (MTGH), has officially launched Gettgo, a price comparison and online sales platform, aiming to capture 60 million baht in online premium sales this year.
— Bangkok Post

A Khon Reawakening
All glittering and gold, complete with contemporary anecdotes, modern, and many marvellous special effects, the royal-court-style Khon, or Khon Luang, which is the high art form of the traditional Thai masked dance by the SUPPORT Foundation under the royal patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit The Queen Mother of Thailand – is scheduled to perform once again this year during November 6 – December 5, 2019 at the Thai Cultural Centre in Bangkok. This is going the ninth episode since its debut back in 2007.
— Thai PBS News



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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on International Day of Democracy, September 15.


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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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