Thailand morning news for September 25

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Thailand morning news for September 25
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Thailand calls on developed countries to act on climate commitments
Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on developed countries to deliver on their financial commitments to scale-up climate finance that is secure, predictable and sustainable beyond next year.
— AEC News Today

Major Thai stores to stop giving out plastic bags by 2020: minister
Retailers and convenience stores in Thailand have pledged to stop giving plastic bags to customers from next year in a bid to reduce plastic waste, the country’s environment minister said.
— Reuters

Thailand: More reasons why BoT should cut rates tomorrow
Weak data drives another downgrade of our GDP growth forecast for the year to 2.5% from 2.8%, the third downgrade this year.

Chinese exodus to Thai sites begins
More Chinese manufacturers are looking to Thailand as a production base to avoid US tariffs, based on trends in demand for industrial estates here.
— Bangkok Post

August factory output falls 4.4% y-o-y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in August dropped 4.4% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, electronics and rubber products, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Reservoir in Chachoengsao contaminated with heavy metals
People living around a small reservoir in Khao Hin Sorn district of Thailand’s eastern province of Chachoengsao have been told to stop using water from the reservoir after it was…
— Thai PBS News

City officers under scrutiny
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has moved to bring its municipality officers to heel after receiving a slew of complaints about inappropriate behaviour.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut reaffirms ASEAN’s active role in tackling climate change
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said the 10 countries of ASEAN are committed to working with the international community to tackle the challenge of climate change.
— Thai PBS News

How the spectrum price affects 5G development in Thailand?
For mobile operators, the spectrum price is the factor affecting their network investment in an early phase.
— ThailandBusinessNews

Thailand Plus: New Stimulus Package for Foreign Investment
On September 6, 2019, Thailand introduced a stimulus package called “Thailand Plus” that contains a wide variety of measures to attract foreign investment.
— Asean Briefing

Rights Groups Urge Thai Government to Curb Powers in New Cybersecurity Act
Rights groups and IT industry advocates are calling on Thai lawmakers to amend a new Cybersecurity Act that they say gives the government virtually unchecked power to monitor online data.

B71mn deal inked to solve landslides along Phuket runway road
Airports of Thailand (AoT), which operates Phuket International Airport, has signed a B71.32 million agreement for upgrades to route 4031, which parallels the airport runway, to prevent future landslides along the road.
— The Phuket News

CAT penetrates the international digital market
Ms. Teeraporn Thongneum, Vice President, CAT Telecom Public Company Limited, or CAT, led the team to participate in the Asian Carriers Conference (ACC) 2019, an important meeting between Asia-Pacific telecommunications operators, at the Shangri-La Mactan Hotel, Cebu, Philippines, and revealed the advancement in CAT’s global digital market penetration.
— Bangkok Post

Rain-making training plane crashes in western Thailand
The Thai Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation have reported that a “Caravan” aircraft crashed in Kanchanaburi at 10.10am this morning during training exercises, killing the two occupants.
— The Thaiger

SE Asian nations weigh unified approach to regulating Big Tech
Southeast Asian governments are banding together to take on global tech giants on issues including fake news and taxation, marking a new stage in the region’s approach to the internet’s explosive growth.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand may resume EU free trade talks as Commerce Ministry organises public hearings
Last Friday, over $1 billion in investment projects were announced by the Board of Trade as Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak indicated that the European Union could be an important partner in finding inward investment for the Eastern Economic Corridor.
— Thai Examiner

Thailand: Pro-Democracy Activists Acquitted
angkok’s Criminal Court acquitted six prominent pro-democracy activists in an important verdict for protecting free expression in Thailand, Human Rights Watch said today.

One dead three injured after section of under construction condo collapses in Pattaya
One worker has died while three workers have sustained serious injuries after a section of an under construction condo in Pattaya has collapsed this morning.
— The Pattaya News

One in 10 Thais Have Marital Problems Due to Alcohol, Survey Says
About 10 percent of Thais say they have experienced marital and family problems because of someone else’s drinking habit, according to a new study published Monday.
— Khaosod English

Notable writers to discuss hot topics at Bangkok library’s inaugural Lit Festival
More than 25 distinguished writers will participate in insightful panel discussions and talks over two days as part of the Neilson Hays Library’s inaugural Literature Festival, which the library is launching to mark its 150th anniversary.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Companies back Circular Economy at Eco Innovation Forum 2019
The Ministry of Industry, the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand, the Water and Environment Institute for Sustainability, and the Federation of Thai Industries have held the Eco Innovation Forum 2019, on the theme ‘ The Economy: Way to a Smart and Sustainable Eco Industrial Town,’ raising awareness in the industrial sector of the circular economy concept in eco industrial town development to maximize efficiency in resource consumption.

BACC Director Says He Was Fired for Speaking Out Against City Hall
The director of the city’s largest downtown art center said Tuesday that he was fired for standing up against city hall defunding the center.
— Khaosod English

Phuket haze eases, warning remains in effect
Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Chief Thanit Sermkaew this morning (Sept 24) re-issued a health advisory urging people with breathing difficulties, children and the elderly to stay indoors as the haze from Indonesian forest fires continue to affect Phuket.
— The Phuket News

Phuket Vegetarian Festival schedule of events announced
The Phuket Vegetarian Festival will get underway at sunset this Sunday (Sept 29) with participating Chinese shrines across the island raising Go Teng poles so that the Jade Emperor and the Nine Emperor Gods can descend from the heavens to take part in this year’s festival.
— The Phuket News

Transport Ministry plans to introduce many new “big bike” rules and restrictions, including for foreigners
The Transport Ministry plans to ban “lane splitting” by big-bike riders and limit their speed to 80 kilometres per hour in built-up areas for safety.
— The Pattaya News

Pheu Thai Khon Kaen’s MP sentenced to death for murder of local official
A Pheu Thai MP for the northeastern province of Khon Kaen was today (Tuesday) sentenced to death by the provincial court after he was found guilty of masterminding the murder…
— Thai PBS News

Bones spur manhunt
The Department of Special Investigation has concluded that Karen rights activist Porlajee Billy Rakchongcharoen was murdered and investigations are underway to nail the killers.
— Bangkok Post

Sedition charges against 3 Pheu Thai men dropped
Prosecutors have decided not to press sedition charges against three key Pheu Thai members who held a briefing last year criticising the junta’s performances on the fourth anniversary of the military rule.
— Bangkok Post

Origin Thailand | Bringing innovation to food and agriculture
On September 19, TechNode gathered four industry experts at its ORIGIN Thailand conference, held during the True Digital Park Grand Opening 2019 to discuss “Food For Thought: Innovation in Food and Agriculture.”
— technode

Murder Convict Keeps Job as Pheu Thai MP
A politician sentenced to death on Tuesday for engineering the murder of a civil servant will continue to serve as an MP for the opposition, his party said.
— Khaosod English

Govt gearing up for budget battle
The government, which sits on a razor-thin majority, is struggling to secure votes for the crucial 2020 fiscal budget which will be tabled for deliberation in parliament on Oct 17.
— Bangkok Post

Two tons of marine trash collected on Patong Beach in two hours
The stunning volume of trash was cleared the sand in a mass beach by by more than 100 municipal officials and staffers yesterday morning (Sept 23), Thinnakorn Khuntaseema, Head of the Sanitation Division of the Public Health and Environment Department at Patong Municipality, told The Phuket News today.
— The Phuket News

Future Forward Seeks to Amend Junta’s Cyber Law
Future Forward Party said on Monday that it will push for the amendment of the controversial Cyber Security Act, which grants the state an unchecked power to respond to perceived security threats.
— Khaosod English

Time of Lunlabelle’s death crucial to investigation
Investigators are bogged down in ascertaining the precise time and place of death for young product presenter Lunlabelle, as this will determine which police station has juridiction in the case.
— Bangkok Post

Patong Mayor hands out useless, cheap face-masks
In a shameless PR stunt, the Patong Mayor Chalermluck Kepsup yesterday wandered along the Patong Beach foreshore handing out ineffective cheap paper face masks to bemused locals and tourists.
— The Thaiger

Miti: Malaysia will continue to impose anti-dumping duties on FCB from Thailand
The government will continue to impose anti-dumping duties on imports of fibre reinforced cement flat and pattern sheets (FCB) from producers/exporters from Thailand, said the Ministry of International Trade and Industry.
— Malay Mail

Wunderman Thompson Thailand wins entire portfolio of dairy company Foremost
Wunderman Thompson Thailand has won the entire portfolio of product for dairy company Foremost, a part of Friesland Campina.
— Mumbrella Asia

ONYX Hospitality to open 3 new hotels in Eastern Thailand
Bangkok-based ONYX Hospitality Group has signed a management agreement with leading Thai real estate company Ratanakorn Asset for three new hotels in Eastern Thailand.
— ftnnews



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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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