Thailand morning news for September 2

Thailand morning news for September 2
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The 10th dead dugong of this year found on Koh Libong
A dead dugong was found beached near an estuary on Libong Island in Thailand’s southern province of Trang on Sunday morning.
— Thai PBS News

New storm to bring more rain to Isan
The northeastern region is braced for more rain, heavy in some locations, until Tuesday due to the impact of a less severe storm currently over China.
— Bangkok Post

9th dead sea turtle found this year in Sattahip
A green sea turtle was found dead and floating in the sea off the Na Chom Thien beach in Sattahip district of Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri on Saturday.
— Thai PBS News

DPM orders all agencies to curb human trafficking
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed all agencies to join hands to fight human trafficking in every possible way after the United States’ report on the trafficking in persons kept Thailand in Tier 2 this year.
— NBT World (video)

Hemp removed from list of controlled substances
The Public Health Ministry has removed the seeds and oils extracted from some marijuana plants from the list of controlled substances under Category 5 of the Narcotics Act.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to spend nearly 4 million USD on spurring tourism
Thailand’s Ministry of Tourism & Sports has unveiled that it will spend about 120 million THB (3.9 million USD) on promoting tourism to achieve a growth rate of at least 7 percent this year.
— Vietnamplus

Rohingya focus moves to summit
Bangladesh Foreign Minister AK Abdul Momen is urging Thailand, as the current chair of Asean, to deepen the bloc’s engagement in the creation of a conducive environment in Myanmar’s Rakhine state, after the second attempt to repatriate Rohingya Muslims stalled last month.
— Bangkok Post

South Korea-Thai MoUs set for signing
Thailand is scheduled to clinch six memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with South Korea today on smart cities; Industry 4.0; education; water development; rail, transport and infrastructure development; and military cooperation.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seizes 10 million baht of vaping equipment sold online, reminds consumers to call hotline for illegal sales
A special task force of the Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) has announced the prosecution of an illegal online seller of e-cigarettes, and the seizing of millions of baht’s worth of property related to the case.
— The Pattaya News

Gov’t Warns Public Not to Criticize Constitutional Court
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said criticism of a top court dealing with prominent political cases might result in prosecution of the critics themselves.
— Khaosod English

Seoul eyes intelligence-sharing pact with Bangkok as President Moon Jae-in seeks pivot to Asean
As the US-China trade war intensifies and South Korea’s spat with Japan shows no sign of abating, Seoul is doubling down on its diplomatic pivot to Southeast Asia.
— South China Morning Post

Storm Podul causes floods in North, Northeast
Storm Podul which has downgraded to a depression made landfall in northern and northeastern Thailand, as many houses, roads and farms are hit by flash floods and forest runoffs.
— NBT World (video)

Health Minister allegedly duped by bureaucrats into delisting hemp as Category 5 drug
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul appears to have been duped by some bureaucrats who managed to persuade him to approve a ministerial announcement delisting hemp, hemp extracts and hemp seed from the Category 5 narcotic drug list, making it possible for the substances to be used in food, cosmetics and medicines.
— Thai PBS News

Minister proposes extending opening hours of entertainment venues
Minister of Sports and Tourism Pipat Ratchakitprakan has floated an idea to allow entertainment establishments to legally stay open for business until 4am.
— Pattaya Mail

Floods ease in eight N and NE provinces, but 16 others remain flooded
Flooding in eight northern and northeastern provinces has eased, with water levels steadily receding.
— Thai PBS News

Second group of Thai fishermen return from Somalia
A second batch of 14 Thai fishing crewmembers who had been employed on the Vadani 2 fishing vessel have returned from Somalia to Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Bangkok closely monitoring ‘School Lunch’ program after shortfall
There have been an increased number of complaints regarding the poor quality of food provided in the school lunch project in Bangkok and elsewhere.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand gets ready for ASEAN Summit in November
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha held a meeting on the preparation for an ASEAN Summit to be held in Thailand from November 2 to November 4.
— NBT World (video)

The death of Southeast Asia’s dugongs
The plight of the dugong has been making headlines after two baby dugongs which were found alive and washed ashore in Krabi and Trang provinces, in Thailand, died recently.
— The Asean Post

Consulate General keeps tabs on Thai citizens’ whereabouts in Hong Kong
The Royal Thai Consulate-General in Hong Kong has asked Thai people in Hong Kong and those traveling to the semi-autonomous Chinese territory to inform officials of their whereabouts for safety reasons in the event that the ongoing Hong Kong unrest affects their lives.
— NBT World (video)

Criteria for state welfare smartcards getting rejig
Qualification criteria for a new round of registration for state welfare recipients will be tweaked after additional allowances for smartcard holders under the economic stimulus package are revealed.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai, Shanghai discuss early preparedness against haze
The Chiang Mai provincial governor discussed the annual northern haze issue with Li Yiping, the Vice President of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Shanghai Committee, in Shanghai City.
— NBT World (video)

Government to compensate flood hit farmers
The government has insisted that it is capable of addressing the flood situation in the country in a timely manner and prepared a compensation plan.
— NBT World (video)

NACC has eye out on state work
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) is monitoring state development projects that may be prone to abuse and will suspend them if irregularities are detected, it says.
— Bangkok Post

Showdown at Suvarnabhumi roils retail
The shopping landscape is about to change drastically around Suvarnabhumi airport with the addition of two new premium outlet malls, representing a challenge to the retail throne dominated by the local duty-free kingpin.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Immigration police arrest two more “undesirables”
Immigration officials at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport have arrested a Syrian national travelling on a fake United Arab Emirates passport.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: In Thailand, It’s Guilty Until Proven Innocent – After Death
Any justice-loving society would be outraged if a citizen was found unconscious while in military custody, before dying in hospital.
— Khaosod English

Departments launch blockchain project
The Revenue Department and the Comptroller-General’s Department are set to launch a pilot project using blockchain technology in the next few weeks, aiming at streamlining work processes.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Wissanu hints at censure debate be held behind closed doors if it touches on sensitive issue
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm said Friday that censure debate could be held behind closed doors if the debate touches on matter which may compromise national security.
— Thai PBS News

Eviction postponed, Baw Kaew villagers claim tentative victory
After the eviction deadline for Baw Kaew was extended in a surprise decision on Monday, villagers and their supporters celebrated their tentative victory. But the community’s decade-long battle for their right to land is set to escalate again when the extension expires in late September.
— Isaan Record

Alleged killer of British man wandering free around Phuket
The killer of a British father has been seen wandering free around Phuket just nine days after allegedly choking him to death in a frenzied 4am attack at the Centara Grand Resort on Karon Beach.
— The Thaiger

Police seize 9,900 kilograms of ivory in past 6 years
The National Ivory Action Plan has announced the outcome of its operations over the past six years, during which 9,900 kilograms of ivory worth 990 million baht were seized, leading to the removal of Thailand from CITES’ list of countries of key concern in ivory trade.
— Pattaya Mail

Jurin ready to don salesman’s hat overseas
Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit says he is ready to roll up his sleeves and become a salesman to promote Thai goods in the global market as part of efforts to stimulate exports amid the US-Chinese trade spat.
— Bangkok Post

Torrential rain in Thailand’s north and north-east from Podul
‘Podul’, the tropical storm that came out of the South China Sea and headed westward through Vietnam into the north of Thailand, has now weakened but inundated parts of the north-east and northern Thailand in its wake.
— The Thaiger

Army send pontoon bridge and men to fix damaged bridge and assist flood victims in NE
The Thai military has deployed one pontoon bridge to the northeastern province of Roi Et to replace one bridge damaged by strong flood currents in order to allow communication to be resumed as normal.
— Thai PBS News

Flash Flooding Risk in 47 Provinces, Meteorological Dept. Warns
Forty-seven provinces are at risk of flash floods and heavy rain due to tropical storm Podul, the Meteorological Department warned Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Toyota group opens plant for recycling car batteries
Toyota Motor Thailand has opened a battery life cycle management plant in Chachoengsao, the first overseas facility outside Japan, to circulate batteries of hybrid cars sold in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Thaksin cleared of any wrongdoing in KTB-KMG loan scandal
Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra was today cleared of any role in the 9.9 billion bah loan scandal between the state-run Krung Thai Bank and the Krisda Mahanakorn Group by the Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Political Office Holders.
— Thai PBS News

Chemical leak as trailer overturns in Nong Plalai
Chemical has leaked out from an overturned trailer in Nong Plalai this morning. The Bang Lamung Police were notified of an accident at 8AM on Road No 36, Pattaya southbound. Police and emergency responders arrived at the scene to find the overturned trailer on the road.
— The Pattaya News

Saving the dugong
The sad deaths of two young dugong have spurred a plan to clean up the sea and save these threatened mammals and other marine life.
— Bangkok Post

Man dies helping neighbours in Khon Kaen flood
A young man died of electrocution while helping neighbours move their belongings away from floodwater in Ban Phai district on Saturday.
— Bangkok Post

Fried chicken worker stabs boss in the head in central Thailand
A fried chicken vendor needed medical treatment after being stabbed in the head by a young man working for him in Chonburi province, central Thailand.
— The Thaiger

NACC gets private sector to help combat graft
The National Anti-Corruption Commission and foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand, organized a seminar to enlist the help of the private sector in combating corruption and promoting transparent competition in trade and investment in this country.
— NBT World (video)

Siam GS Battery kicks off $10m Myanmar plant
Siam GS Battery, an affiliate of Siam Motors Group, has started operation of a battery charging plant in Myanmar with an investment of US$10 million, expecting to serve rapid growth of auto sales in that country.
— Bangkok Post

PM orders storm and flood recovery assistance
The Thai government is urgently providing aid and assistance to the people affected by storms and floods in many provinces around the country.
— NBT World (video)

Satellite slot licences slated for early 2020
The telecom regulator plans to begin awarding licences for the use of satellite orbit slots, currently used by satellites Thaicom 4, 5 and 6, by early next year to ensure orderly transfer of concessions that expire in 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Finance ministry to set up center to access Big Data
The Ministry of Finance plans to set up a State Welfare Center to supervise the implementation of the welfare card project and access Big Data to reach people nationwide.
— NBT World (video)

Man seriously hurt after burning own house
A man believed to be high on drugs was badly burned after setting fire to his own house in Na Kae district on Sunday morning, police said.
— Bangkok Post

CP Land in B4bn hotel campaign
CP Land Plc, the property arm of Charoen Pokphand Group, will spend 4 billion baht to double the number of its hotels to 25 in the three years, as well as 2 billion baht to develop infrastructure and utilities at an industrial estate in Rayong.
— Bangkok Post property

Elderly man crushed by train in Pattaya area
An elderly man has died after he has been crushed by a train in Nong Pangpuay early this morning. Capt Manot Tipwet of the Bang Lamung Police was notified of an incident at Nong Pangpuay railway at 5:30AM today.
— The Pattaya News

Terracotta Warriors To March into Bangkok This Sept.
The Ministry of Culture announced on Thursday that the Bangkok National Museum will hold an exhibition “Qin Shi Huang: The First Emperor of China and the Terracotta Warriors” for three months beginning this Sept. 15.
— Khaosod English

King’s Consort to Help Lead Prison Charity
A royal consort of His Majesty the King was named Friday as a deputy adviser of a charity organization aimed to improve well-being of prison inmates.
— Khaosod English

The War Memorial unveiled at the British Club in Bangkok
The British Embassy Cenotaph has been successfully moved from the old compound on Ploenchit to the front lawn of the British Club.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand



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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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