Thailand morning news for August 23

Thailand morning news for August 23

Thailand morning newsPhetchaburi town flooded with water discharged from dam
Spillover from Kaeng Krachan dam has arrived at the tourist town of Phetchaburi town, flooding residences and roads in the municipal areas.
— Thai PBS

Min of Commerce- July exports exceed 20bn USD
Thailand’s exports in July grew 8.27% to 20 billion US dollars in the 17th straight month of expansion, indicating that the country overall has not yet been affected by the US-China trade war.

Big medal haul for Thais at Asian Games
Thailand enjoyed their most successful day so far at the Asian Games in Indonesia Wednesday with two expected gold medals in sepak takraw and a surprise victory in paragliding.
— Bangkok Post

MoU slate to bring Chinese into EEC
The government will sign 17 memorandums of understanding (MoUs) with Chinese counterparts, expecting to capture new trade and investment for the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme.
— Bangkok Post

Golden run lifts Thailand into Asian Games top 10
Thailand’s national athletes finally came good yesterday, producing three more champions in quick succession … after claiming just one gold medal in the first four days of competition in Indonesia.
— The Nation

Thai Security Forces Foil Eid Holiday Plots in Deep South: Officials
As hundreds of thousands of Muslims marked Eid-ul-Adha in Thailand’s troubled Deep South on Wednesday, Thai authorities said they killed three suspects in recent days while thwarting insurgent plots to disrupt the religious holiday.
— Benar News

Motorists slam police road safety crackdown
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) is upgrading laws to boost road safety by stepping up fines and imposing lengthy jail terms for driving licence-related offences.
— Bangkok Post

Sansiri claims a first with housing green energy plan
SANSIRI has joined with BCPG and Power Ledger to set up what they say is the world’s largest real-time blockchain-based, peer-to-peer electricity trading pilot project.
— The Nation

Provinces along Yom River put on alert as flooding in Nan begins to resolve
Flooding triggered by rains in Thailand’s Nan province have begun to subside as provinces along the Yom River have been warned to watch out for intermittent overflows.
— Pattaya Mail

Women’s paragliding accuracy team wins 2nd gold for Thailand
Thailand captured the second gold medal from the 18th Asian Games from the women’s paragliding accuracy teamcompetiton on Wednesday.
— The Nation

Exports rise for 17th month
Shipments to most markets except the Middle East and the US saw expansion, with extraordinary growth seen in Asean, India, South Asia, Russia and the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and Japan, which reported double-digit increases.
— Bangkok Post

TCUP rejigs university admission process
The Association of the Council of University Presidents of Thailand (TCUP) has made changes to allow for new ways of submitting applications and screening students under the Thai University Central Admissions System (TCAS) for the next academic year, after the previous system faced criticism for restricting students’ opportunities.
— Bangkok Post

Covestro to boost Thai investment with plant expansion
ONE of the world’s leading polymer companies, Covestro, is making a significant investment to boost its production capacity for specialty films in Rayong province.
— The Nation

Jet and Bangkok combine flight services
Jet Airways, the Indian full-service international airline, and Bangkok Airways have announced an expansion of their existing codeshare agreement to provide more destinations between Thailand, Vietnam and India.
— The Nation

Jail Time Urged For Drivers Without Licenses
Motorists who forget their driver’s license can usually count on a mai pen rai because it’s such a minor offense, but that could change as authorities are proposing heavier penalties.
— Khaosod English

KTB maintains Thai economic growth projection
Krungthai Bank (KTB) has maintained Thailand’s economic growth forecast for this year at 4.5 percent.

Thailand seizes huge $45-million haul of methamphetamines
Thai police have seized more than 14 million methamphetamine pills worth 1.48 billion baht ($45 million) that were bound for neighboring Malaysia and beyond, authorities said on Tuesday, in one of its biggest ever drug busts.
— Reuters

New farm practices credited for fewer infections
THE POTENTIALLY debilitating “flesh-eating disease” is under better control in Nong Bua Lamphu province this year, after an awareness campaign and increased regulation helped reduce the use of harmful herbicides, say medical officers.
— The Nation

Thailand sees drop in Chinese visitors after tourist boat disaster
A boat disaster near Thailand’s Phuket Island that killed 47 Chinese last month is significantly cutting arrival numbers from China, though the Thai tourism industry is hopeful the decline will be stemmed by late this year.
— Reuters

PTT Global Chemical launches GC’s Customer Solution Center
PTT Global Chemical Public Company Limited (GC), Thailand’s largest integrated petrochemical and refining business, has recently inaugurated its Customer Solution Center (CSC) with an opening ceremony presided over by Mr. Siri Jirapongphan, Minister of Energy, at the Energy Complex A building in Bangkok, Thailand.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Central pushes Vietnam sites
Central Group, Thailand’s largest retail conglomerate, plans to raise the number of retail sites in Vietnam over the next five years to 720, almost four times last year’s number.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand gearing up for 12th ASEAN Skills Competition in Bangkok
Thailand is gearing up for the 12th ASEAN Skills Competition in Bangkok. The competition allows the region’s youth to exchange experiences in skill development, helping them keep pace with new technologies, meet international standards and ultimately enhance the potential of ASEAN.

Arrest of Myanmar women triggers fury
Thai authorities are being urged to set appropriate and clear procedures for raids and arrests involving migrant workers after two Myanmar labourers were rounded up and faced deportation as well as a two-year ban for doing volunteer work.
— Bangkok Post

Panasonic eyes 4K TV market growth
Hidekazu Ito, managing director of Panasonic Thailand, said: “On the 100th anniversary of Panasonic’s founding, our mission is to transform Panasonic to become a lifestyle provider to offer new experiences and a better life for Thai consumers through premium products and innovation with the line of products that caters to the need of consumers.
— The Nation

More than 1,700 criminals arrested in nine provinces this month
More than 1,700 individuals in nine provinces have been arrested for criminal activities since early this month.

FEV expands operations in Asia with foundation of FEV Thailand
FEV has formalized its latest business expansion in Asia with the inauguration of FEV Thailand. The new location – in Sriracha, Chon Buri, southeast of Bangkok – is part of the company’s continuing growth in Asia, aimed at supporting the regional mobility sector in the development of vehicles and engines, transmissions and electric powertrains, including batteries and fuel cells.
— Electric & Hybrid

National Science and Technology Fair 2018 popular among kids
The ongoing National Science and Technology Fair 2018 has seen a great number of young visitors from all over the country. One of the highlights of the event is a cave exhibition which features survival innovations to rescue stranded people.
— News Today (video)

ASEAN journalists call for joint efforts to battle fake news
Recognizing fake news as a global challenge, media representatives of ASEAN countries have agreed that the fight against falsehoods and disinformation must be a joint effort of all stake-holders in their societies.
— Thai PBS

Nan landslide locks locals out of city
A massive landslide in Nan’s Chalerm Prakiat district has blocked a local highway and forced 5,000 residents who want to get back into town to take a 100-kilometre detour to reach the municipal area, instead of the usual 30km trip.
— ReliefWeb

Restaurant Eats Out: Thai and Burmese restaurants
Restaurants latest Eats Out food tour was focused on venues serving Thai and Burmese dishes and included Rosa’s Thai, Lahpet and Som Saa.
— BigHospitality

TCC’s Confidence Index rises due to improved tourism image
July’s Confidence Index released by the Thai Chamber of Commerce has improved thanks to the improved image of tourism sector.
— News Today (video)

Phuket mass ceremonies honour spirits of the Phoenix
The two-day event to make merit for the 47 Chinese tourists who died in the Phoenix tour boat disaster on July 5 began at Saphan Hin today (Aug 22) with mass prayers by monks at 10am.
— Phuket News

Hungry Ghost Festival returns to haunt Phuket
The annual Por Tor Festival, known throughout the Southeast Asia as the’Hungry Ghost Festival’, will get underway to Phuket from tomorrow (Aug 23) and continue through Sept 9.
— Phuket News


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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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