Thailand morning news for September 19

Thailand morning news for September 19
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Thai PM Prayut skirts debate on oath-taking amid grilling by MPs
September 19, 2019 5:00 AMThai opposition MPs called for Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s resignation yesterday following a debate in Parliament where they grilled him for hours on an incomplete oath of office taken in July, to no avail.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thai MPs call for PM Prayut to resign following oath omission
Thai opposition MPs demanded premier Prayut Chan-O-Cha’s resign following weeks of uproar over the ex-military head’s omission of a vow to uphold the constitution during his inauguration, raising questions of his legitimacy.

Prayuth Carries Report on ‘Plot to Sabotage Nation’ to Parliament
A “classified” report seen on PM Prayuth Chan-ocha’s desk during a parliament session on Wednesday is raising eyebrows on social media.
— Khaosod English

Thai Constitutional Court rules in favor of Prime Minister in case of if he should legally be able to be head of state, remains PM.
The Thai Constitutional Court has ruled that the former head of the NCPO was not an “other official of the state”, clearing the way for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to stay on as head of the government.
— The Pattaya News

Gov’t to Scrap Arrival Cards for Foreigners, Introduce TM30 App
A senior government official said Tuesday foreign visitors will soon no longer have to fill out “TM6” arrival and departure forms.
— Khaosod English

The 5 Thai dishes most likely to harbour bacteria
Research shared by Thai Residents reveals the 5 Thai dishes most likely to contain E-coli and other nasty bacteria. They are Red Pork Rice, Crunchy Pork Rice, Chicken Rice, Pork Leg Rice, and Papaya Salad.
— The Thaiger

Obligatory travel insurance for visitors to Thailand? Don’t worry about it for now, says government
Chote Trachu, representing the Thai Ministry for Tourism and Sports, says tourists visiting Thailand don’t have to worry about the mandatory requirement for travel insurance at this time.
— The Thaiger

Thailand-US defense ties heal as China makes gains in Cambodia
Gen. Apirat Kongsompong, Thailand’s powerful army chief, is shifting the kingdom’s security architecture, and U.S. military equipment is helping to lay the groundwork.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

National Innovation Agency partners GovInsider for global summit GovInsider Live
The National Innovation Agency of Thailand has joined forces with GovInsider and UNESCAP to run a global government innovation summit at the United Nations Headquarters in Bangkok.
— Gov Insider

200 pigs culled in Chiang Rai amid swine fever fears
More than 200 pigs were culled in Chiang Rai this week, authorities said on Wednesday, in the first such action amid heightened fears of a potential outbreak of African swine fever.
— Bangkok Post

PM refuses to clarify the incomplete oath issue
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha left parliament before the end of the Opposition debate today, to attend a Royal religious ceremony at Dusit Palace, without responding to opposition MPs’ queries about his incomplete oath recital, claiming he has the right not to respond.
— Thai PBS World

Chicken sales to China surge on swine fever effect
Thai poultry exports to China have surged eight-fold this year as an outbreak of deadly African swine fever in the world’s biggest consumer of pork stokes a rush to source alternative meat supplies, an industry association said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Blue Line’s Bang Wa-Lak Song extension to open Saturday
The Blue Line will begin running to its final destination at Lak Song from Saturday, with commuters offered free rides for a week.
— Bangkok Post travel

SE Asia Stocks-Most fall ahead of Fed policy decision; Thailand top loser
Most Southeast Asian stock marketsdeclined in thin trading on Wednesday as investors were cautious ahead of an expected U.S. interest rate cut, with Thailand shedding the most on a drop in oil prices.
— Reuters

Giant panda death in Thailand leaves China asking questions
A popular giant panda has died unexpectedly in a Thai zoo – prompting China to send experts to investigate.

NACC busts school kickbacks
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) on Wednesday ruled that the former director of Samsenwittayalai School and other two colleagues committed severe violations and broke several laws by taking parents’ money in exchange for enrolling their children in the well-known school.
— Bangkok Post

Thai police order for intel on Muslim students sparks outrage
A Thai Muslim student group Wednesday called for police to drop an order requesting universities to provide intelligence on Muslim students and their activities in the Buddhist-majority state.

Hang on…more heavy rain likely coming to Pattaya area
Continuous rains have been forecast for the lower Central, the East and the upper South as a monsoon trough extends across to form a low-pressure cell over Cambodia, according to the Thailand Meteorological Department on Wednesday.
— The Pattaya News

Chinese experts to probe panda Chuang Chuang’s death in Thai zoo
Animal experts from China are to arrive at a Thai zoo on Thursday to investigate the unexpected death of a giant panda in the northern city of Chiang Mai, Thai officials said.

KBank teams up with Line
Kasikornbank (KBank), the country’s largest mobile banking service provider, plans to roll out money transfer, payment and deposit services on the Line platform in the first quarter 2020, with digital lending scheduled for the second half of the year.
— Bangkok Post

This Temple Recycles Plastic Bottles Into Monk Robes
A temple in central Thailand gives plastic bottles new, consecrated life in the form of new robes for monks. “Don’t think that the waste problem can’t be solved.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya down the drain – big rains hit the city
Hours of torrential rain that hit Pattaya yesterday caused flooding and made some roads impassable. But that didn’t stop some adventurous drivers giving it a red-hot shot!
— The Thaiger

Parking spaces for 39,000 cars during barge procession
The government has made available 39,000 parking spaces in Bangkok for people wanting to watch the royal barge procession next month, according to Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon.
— Bangkok Post travel

Princess Sirindhorn Receives China Friendship Medal
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Tuesday signed a presidential decree to award 42 Chinese and foreign individuals national medals and honorary titles, as the People’s Republic of China prepares to celebrate its 70th anniversary.
— Khaosod English

Community power plans get stakeholder feedback
The Energy Ministry will conclude plans for community-owned power projects under the Energy for All scheme within the next few months, says Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.
— Bangkok Post

Thai, Cambodian SEC sign pact on capital markets
Cambodia and Thailand’s Securities Exchange and Commission (SEC) yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on mutual cooperation for capital market development through cross-listing, dual listing and depositary receipt offerings.
— Bangkok Post

Underground public toilets in the planning phase for Pattaya Beach
Pattaya City plans to construct new subterranean bathroom facilities on Pattaya and Jomtien beaches as part of a larger project to upgrade the city’s infrastructure according to an article by the Pattaya Mail and the City government today.
— The Pattaya News

2.5 million methamphetamine pills seized near Myanmar border
Another big delivery of methamphetamine pills has been intercepted in Chiang Mai. This time the couriers were both female.
— The Thaiger

All eyes on Phahon Yothin, Vibhavadi
The Phahon Yothin and Vibhavadi Rangsit area has turned into the most sought-after location for residential development in Bangkok due to several factors, and the BTS Light Green line extension will be added as the final missing piece.
— Bangkok Post

Fuel subsidies agreed for three months
The Energy Policy Administration Committee (Epac) has agreed to reduce a levy collection from gasoline and diesel users by another one baht and 60 satang per litre respectively from Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

SRF shuts technical textiles plant in Thailand
SRF Ltd, a leading manufacturer of technical textiles, engineering plastics, chemicals and packaging films, has decided to shut operations at Rayong in Thailand and sell the asset as production at the site has become unviable.
— The Hindu Businessline

Cops seize huge ‘kratom cocktail’ haul
SONGKHLA: About 250kg of kratom leaves and 800 bottles of cough syrup worth altogether almost 200,000 baht were seized at a warehouse in Hat Yai district on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Sentence reached for three who killed Thai couple in execution style murders in front of tourists at Buddha Mountain last year
The Pattaya News reports that the Pattaya Provincial Court today has ruled over Panya Yingdung, 39, or “Sia Ouan’’ and two others who have been involved in a horrific execution style murder of a Thai couple in Pattaya last summer in front of dozens of tourists at the local Buddha Mountain.
— The Pattaya News

Prachin Buri roadside flower seller gives yesterday’s earnings to Thai flood victims
A roadside flower seller in Prachin Buri, just to the north east of Bangkok, is giving all his earnings from yesterday to help flood victims in Thailand’s north east provinces.
— The Thaiger

Six Cases of Israelis Contracting Zika in Thailand Found
Israeli researchers note the sudden increase in cases from South Asia as opposed to South America, which saw an endemic in 2014.

Pa Khlok powerless as electricity poles collapse
The Phuket Provincial Electricity Authority this morning confirmed that repairs are underway to restore power to affected areas in Pa Khlok after power poles alongside the road expansion collapsed due to heavy rain.
— The Phuket 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.

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