Thailand morning news for September 11

Thailand morning news for September 11
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Thailand morning newsGDP growth to slow, says Credit Suisse
Despite buoyant growth during the first six months, Thailand’s economy is projected to expand at a slower pace in the second half mainly because of external headwinds, says Credit Suisse Securities Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Banks cautioned over property loans
Commercial banks are taking a cautious approach on loan extension to real estate developers and retail customers following a signal of concerns from the Bank of Thailand (BOT).
The Nation

NLA wants cyber law to cover poll fraud
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) wants the government to enforce a new cyber law to control election campaigns on social media before next year’s general election.
— Bangkok Post

Soldier fights for life after being attacked by seniors
A conscript remains in a critical condition 20 days after being beaten up inside a military camp by his senior colleagues.
The Nation

Rice pledging hoard cleared
The Commerce Ministry’s Foreign Trade Department says it has completed its mission to clear off 16.91 million tonnes of state rice stocks accumulated from government-sponsored rice pledging schemes.
— Bangkok Post

SCB: SME loan target ‘reachable’ despite slump
Siam Commercial Bank (SCB), the country’s second-largest lender by assets, expects to reach its 2018 loan growth target for small and medium-sized enterprises (SME) of 6-7%, though it delivered only 1%…
— Bangkok Post

฿884mn worth of speed pills seized in Sing Buri
Police arrested two drug suspects and seized more than eight million methamphetamine pills in Sing Buri province on Monday (Sept 10).
NNT

T-shirt vendor held as separatist
Authorities are investigating a case involving the distribution of T-shirts bearing the symbol of a “separatist movement” after a woman was recently detained for selling them, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon says.
— Bangkok Post

RID asks farmers in 22 provinces to hold off on planting new crops
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) has told 22 provinces along the Chao Phraya River to hold off on planting any more rice in 2018 as the land may be needed for water retention from this month onward.
NNT

Land of smiles is grim
That Thailand has dropped to fourth place as the Asean nation preferred by expatriates should come as no surprise to Thailand. It is certainly no surprise to Thai expatriates.
Bangkok Post

Champion of the stateless, Tuenjai Deetes up for UN award
Tuenjai Deetes, a life-long campaigner for the rights of stateless people in Thailand, has been named this year’s UNHCR Nansen Award Finalist for Asia.
— The Nation

Thailand Future Fund IPO set for October
The long-awaited Thailand Future Fund (TFF) looks set to be allocated to the public in the second week of October, with at least 60% of its units being offered to retail investors, says the head of the…
— Bangkok Post

Thai Smile adds QR code payment system for passengers
Thai Smile is the first airline in the country offering passengers the opportunity to use a QR code payment system.
— The Nation

Volvo optimistic for 2018 as truck sales bounce back
Volvo Group Thailand is optimistic the overall truck market can grow over 10% this year after all segments posted healthy gains in the first seven months.
— Bangkok Post

Alleged Koh Tao rape victim in her first interview accuses police of suppressing truth
IN HER first media interview, a 19-year-old British teenager has stuck to her claim that she was drugged, robbed and raped during her vacation on Koh Tao in June and accused authorities of trying to suppress the truth.
— The Nation

Air Italy follows up Bangkok-Milan route with new Indian services next month
Air Italy’s newly introduced Bangkok-Milan service will be closely followed by the inauguration of the airline’s new flights from Delhi and Mumbai to Italy on October 28 and 30, respectively.
— The Nation

Support for total farm chemical ban grows
The National Health Security Office (NHSO) is throwing its weight behind growing calls for a total ban on three major farm chemicals, saying around 5,000 people have sought treatment from exposure to toxic substances per year with estimated annual health costs of 22 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

THAI extends Osaka route cancellation to Thursday
Thai Airways International has extended flight cancellation on the Osaka route for another two days to Thursday.
Bangkok Post

TRA seeks to raise worker skill level
The Thai Restaurant Association (TRA) plans to work with food processing companies and educational institutes to produce skilled labour and serve the growing Thai food industry.
Bangkok Post

North Road power-line burying to finish in December
Work to submerge all power and utility cables above North Road will be completed in December, Pattaya officials said.
Pattaya Mail

Kaeng Krachan National Park to enhance tourism safety measures
Officials at Kaeng Krachan National Park are instructed to take close care of visitors, following an accident that a tourist slipped and fell down at Pa La-U waterfall.
Pattaya Mail

Central Phuket opens for business
Central Pattana Plc (CPN), Thailand’s largest retail property developer, today (Sept 10) celebrated the grand opening of Central Phuket, its B20-billion luxury flagship mall.
The Phuket News

China’s Belt and Road Initiative to reshape routes in Thailand
The Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) promises to radically transform a vast swathe of the world’s trade and transport infrastructure, which will have a marked impact on how Asia does business with the world and vice versa.
Thailand Business News

Royal Thai Fleet 1 and Excise Department nab ship smuggling over 200,000 liters of diesel
Royal Thai Fleet 1 and the Excise Department Office in Chonburi have apprehended a ship attempting to smuggle 240,000 liters of diesel fuel through the Gulf of Thailand, saving the nation from a loss of over 10 million baht.
NNT

Warning over child addiction to eSports
Mental health department urges govt to rethink decision to recognise online gaming. The move to officially recognise eSports could lead to children becoming addicted to online games, health experts warn.
The Nation

TAT to promote late King’s projects to boost tourism
Ten royal projects initiated by His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej will be promoted by the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to generate more income for local residents.
NNT

Thailand’s green cover in slow decline as 40% goal remains out of reach
Thailand has been ambitiously aiming to have 40 per cent of its land turned into lush green forests, but this goal set in 1975 has yet to be accomplished.
The Nation

Rich countries ‘must do more’ for climate
Climate justice advocates are calling on global leaders, especially those in wealthy countries, to step up their commitment and contribute to the international climate-change mitigation effort, as the Bangkok climate talks ended on a discouraging note.
The Nation

Thailand to apply for World Heritage Committee membership
Thailand is preparing to send its representative to attend the World Heritage Committee at the 22nd session of the General Assembly of State Parties to the World Heritage Convention in France.
NNT

Bangkok holds “Rak Chao Phraya” activity as part of efforts against flooding
Bangkok has held the “Rak Chao Phraya” activity to encourage the removal of water hyacinth from its most major river and as part of preparations to avoid flooding.
NNT

Dept of Corrections discusses treatment of transgender prisoners
Thailand’s Department of Corrections has held a seminar to raise awareness of the treatment of transgender prisoners and how to prevent sexual harassment.
NNT

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor. He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia. He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots 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.

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