Thailand morning news for September 12

Thailand morning news for September 12
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Thai court won’t rule on PM’s oath omitting duty to constitution
Thailand’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday declined to rule on a controversy over the new prime minister omitting a vow to uphold the constitution when he was sworn in as a civilian leader, five years after he toppled an elected government.
— Reuters

Thai opposition calls on cabinet member to clear his name
Thailand’s opposition called on Tuesday 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.
— Reuters

Asean’s best universities for 2020: Brunei joins Singapore, Malaysia, Philippines
The annual world’s best university rankings from Times Higher Education (THE) has been freshly unveiled with some surprises at the top of the best Asean universities sublist for 2020 due to the increasing ascension by Chinese universities in the global rankings.
— AEC News Today

Coalition considers demoting clumsy deputy agriculture minister, Thammanat Prompow
Key members of Palang Pracharath are now discussing the future of deputy agriculture minister Thammanat Prompow’s as ‘fixer’ or coordinator of the coalition’s minor parties.
— The Thaiger

UNDP, in Collaboration with Dentsu and Plan B Media, have launched a campaign titled ‘No Plastic! Yes, We Can’
The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and its partners Plan B Media and Dentsu Thailand have unveiled a campaign titled ‘”No Plastic! Yes, We Can,” to encourage Thai consumers to reduce their reliance on single-use plastics at grocery stores, eateries and cafs across the country.

Finally: Thailand To Legalise Ride-Hailing Services
Thailand has drafted guidelines to finally regulate ride-hailing companies and aims to legalise existing and new services by March next year, Reuters cited Jirut Wisarnjit, the transport ministry’s deputy permanent secretary, as saying.
— Investvine

Governor declares flood disaster zones in Ubon Ratchathani
Ubon Ratchathani governor Sarit Withoon says the provincial administration has declared 17 districts disaster zones as the flood situation in the northeastern province continue to worsen today. Ubon Ratchathani is in the far east of north-east Thailand.
— The Thaiger

More train carriages added in Yala to transport longkong
Many people arrived at a railway station in Yala province today to transport boxes of longkong to their friends and relatives in various provinces. Railway officers helped the people by sorting the boxes according to their destination and loading them into cargo carriages.

Bangkok Military Conference Promotes Peace in Indo-Pacific
The army chiefs of staff from Thailand, the United States, China and 25 other nations on Wednesday concluded a three-day conference and related meetings in Bangkok aimed at promoting security, stability and peace in the Indo-Pacific region, officials said.
— Benar News

InnoSpace (Thailand) set up
To strengthen Thai start-up operators, the government has established InnoSpace (Thailand) as a center for comprehensively promoting and developing startups to promote Thailand as the hub of innovation and startups in ASEAN.

Thai Minister Shrugs off Report on His Lengthy Imprisonment in Australia
A cabinet member in Thailand’s new government said Tuesday he had no intention to resign after an Australian newspaper published evidence showing that he had spent four years in prison in Sydney over a drug-smuggling conviction.
— Benar News

Mun, Chi rivers expected to overflow in Northeast
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has forecast that rainfalls for the Northeast on September 13th which will likely raise both the Mun and Chi rivers, with Warin Chamrap District of Ubon Ratchathani province being alerted for further flooding.
— NBT World (video)

‘Ultraman Buddha’ art in Thailand prompts police complaint
The complaint over four paintings, displayed last week at a shopping mall in northeastern Thailand, highlights the emboldenment of ultra-conservative Buddhist groups that seek to go farther than establishment religious authorities in combating perceived threats to their faith.
— Reuters

World-Beating Currency Gives Thailand Major Economic Headache
Thailand’s effort to revive economic growth with more than $10 billion of stimulus faces an obstacle from its surging currency.
— Bloomberg

Navy to buy B6.5bn Chinese landing ship
The Royal Thai Navy has signed an agreement with China to procure a landing platform dock (LPD) worth 6.5 billion baht to help ease the burden on the HTMS Angthong.
— Bangkok Post

PPRP reviewing Thamarat’s role amid ‘monkey keeper’ fallout
Key members of Palang Pracharath will discuss Thamanat Prompow’s future as coordinator with micro parties following his “monkey keeper’ remark, which has caused a new rift in the coalition government, party secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand pledges to support Indo-Pacific regional security enhancement
The Thai government has pledged its support for regional cooperation in the Indo-Pacific, with external parties working to solve conflicts and preparing to handle security threats, particularly cybersecurity threats.
— Thailand Business News

Another one-MP party leaves Thailand’s coalition government
Another one-MP party has left Thailand’s coalition government headed by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Xinhuanet

Thai government seeks more funding from Beijing
Thai deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit led other Asean ministers in discussions with China on upgrading their trade partnership, aiming to obtain an additional $18 million for three projects including a highway linking the Thai capital to Kunming in the southern Chinese province of Yunnan.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Government to issue more economic stimuli this month
The government is set to issue a new economic stimulus package aiming to add value to agricultural products at the end of this month.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s Central Retail Said to Target $2 Billion IPO in 2020
Central Group, one of Thailand’s biggest conglomerates, is targeting an initial public offering of its retail arm as soon as the first quarter of next year which could raise around $2 billion, according to people familiar with the matter.
— Yahoo Finance

Supreme Court upholds jail terms for red-shirt invasion of Asean summit
The Supreme Court upheld the ruling of two lower courts on Wednesday, sentencing red-shirt member Arisman Pongruangrong and 11 others to four years in prison over the riot that shut down the 2009 Asean Summit in Pattaya.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand signs for variant of Type 071 amphibious assault ship
The Royal Thai Navy (RTN) has signed a construction agreement with China for a variant of the Type 071 landing platform dock (LPD).
— Jane’s 360

Thailand promotes new policies to lure foreign investment
The Thai government on September 10 endorsed a package of measures aimed at attracting more foreign investment, especially to expedite investments from companies seeking to relocate their production plants in the context of the escalating US-China trade tension
— Vietnamplus

Sentiment gauged to bounce back from August crater
Business sentiment fell to the lowest rate in 19 months in August on consumers’ low purchasing power, a lack of financial liquidity and the trade row between the US and China.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand develops national digital trade platform
Thailand’s Cabinet has approved the setting up of a National Digital Trade Platform and assigned the Office of the Public Sector Development Commission (OPDC) to work with related agencies and the Joint Standing Committee of Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) to achieve this.
— Vietnamplus

River communities face flooding as dam discharge increased
Riverside communities in Kanchanaburi province are being warned of likely flooding as irrigation officials increase the discharge rate from Vajiralongkorn Dam in Thong Pha Phum district.
— Bangkok Post

Strict immigration rules in Thailand catching out foreigners
Tough immigration reporting rules, known as TM30, are under the spotlight for the negative image they are giving Thailand.
— HRM Asia

BEDO launches “LINE’ chatbot to provide biodiversity info
The Biodiversity-Based Economy Development Office (BEDO) launched a chatbot to provide information about biodiversity in the online messaging application ‘Line’.
— NBT World (video)

Vietnam enhances cooperation with UK, Thailand in UN peacekeeping
Vietnam wants to exchange experience with Thailand in organising training courses, and promote delegation exchanges on UN peacekeeping operations, a senior Vietnamese officer said on September 10.
— Nhan Dan Online

Relatives insist baby not offered for sale online
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Relatives of a five-month-old baby whose photo appeared on a web page advertising “adoption services” insisted on Wednesday they had not put the child up for sale as some people claimed.
— Bangkok Post

Mangosteen from Thailand clears Taiwan import hurdles
On Tuesday, after a Taiwan news report claimed that a container load of mangosteen exported from Thailand had been rejected for not meeting the agreed terms, Surmsuk Salakpetch, director of the agriculture department, held a press conference.
— Fresh Plaza

PM encourages people to use reusable food containers
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited all to join the government’s efforts to eliminate single-use plastic by using reusable food containers and bags.
— NBT World (video)

“Longan from Thailand fetches good prices in China”
Longan fruit is well-known in the China market. Traditionally, this fruit is widely consumed in the Guangdong province, so imports in Guangzhou are significantly higher compared with other cities in China.
— Fresh Plaza

Southern Thailand showcases giant lamps to celebrate Mid-Autumn Festival
Songkhla Province in Southern Thailand on Wednesday flaunted its humongous lamps ahead of the Mid-Autumn Festival slated for Sept. 12 to Sept. 14.
— Xinhuanet

The best Bangkok bars to check out Thailand’s growing craft beer craze
When it comes to Thailand, most of us would normally think of it as a place with great shopping and amazing beaches. A vibrant craft beer scene? Maybe not.

No storm to hit Thailand in next 3-5 days
The Meteorological Department has denied a rumor circulating over the weekend that yet another storm would be hitting Thailand, affecting the central and southern regions. The department has confirmed that no storm is likely to affect the country over the next 3-5 days, urging the general public to follow only accurate weather information from official sources.
— Pattaya Mail

Asset World aims to raise up to $1.6 billion in Thailand’s biggest corporate listing
Thai billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi’s hospitality and retail arm, Asset World Corporation (AWC), aims to raise up to 48 billion baht ($1.6 billion) next month in the biggest listing of an individual company in Thailand.
— Reuters

Two men seriously injured in early morning shoot-out at Pattaya nightclub
Two men have sustained serious injuries following a shoot-out at a Pattaya nightclub early this morning.
— The Thaiger

Thai-Australian singer “Pookie”’ to testify at September 17 hearing into alleged drug trafficking
Former singer Prissana or Priscilla “Pookie” Gemelli will testify at a hearing into alleged drug trafficking offences on September 17, along with four accomplices, one of whom is her husband, Cholawit Keetatrakul.
— The Thaiger

Miss Universe Thailand 2019 will sport Thai-cloth bell bottoms and a huge horned headdress to represent an Isaan ghost festival on the international stage.
— Khaosod English

Interior minister says seven provinces remain flooded
Interior Minister Gen Anupong Paochinda said that seven provinces are still flooded, prompting the authorities to provide full assistance to flood victims and remain on alert over the next few days.

Songkhla still affected by Indonesian fire haze
Haze generated by smoke from Indonesian forest fires has continued to affect the southern provinces of Thailand. Although the air pollution index has not reached unhealthy levels in Yala and Songkhla provinces, people in risk groups, such as the elderly, children, and people with medical conditions, have been warned to take precautions against respiratory illnesses.

BMA has no authority to allow motorcyclists to use overpasses
The Governor of Bangkok has explained that the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has no authority to allow motorcyclists to use overpasses and underpasses, but is focusing on drawing lines on the crosswalks in front of schools for the safety of students and citizens.

Thailand ranked 25th by expats as best spot to live
According to the Expat Insider 2019 survey by InterNations, Thailand is ranked 25th out of 64 destinations to live and work worldwide.
— NBT World (video)

Bangkok tops Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index for the fourth consecutive year
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to share that the latest Mastercard’s Global Destination Cities Index has ranked Bangkok as the No. 1 destination for the fourth consecutive year, with more than 22 million international overnight visitors.
— TAT News

The most influential brands among Thailand’s millennials
A report published yesterday lists the most influential brands for Thailand’s millennials, who are also known as Generation Y.
— The Thaiger

PRD trains officials in digital communications
The Institute of Public Relations is offering a workshop for executives of the Public Relations Document (PRD) on the digital communication of government policies to the general public, enabling them to convey government policies to the people effectively in the digital age.

Dental assistant turns ‘pro’ selling fake retainers and braces
The Chiang Mai Provincial Public Health Office has arrested an unqualified or registered dental retainer seller that used to work as a dentist assistant.
— The Thaiger

IMT-GT meeting focuses on tourism, para rubber
The Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) meeting, held in Krabi province, has discussed economic cooperation among the three countries. The meeting focused on improving the sub-region’s tourism connectivity and para rubber industry.

People invited to observe shrimp parade
During this rainy time of the year, the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani features a procession that’s like no other: the shrimp parade at Kaeng Lamduan. It is a phenomenon that tourists are willing to wait for.


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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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