Thailand morning news for November 12

Thailand morning news for November 12

Thailand morning newsAnxiety mounts over nuclear waste found in Laem Chabang Port
ACADEMICS HAVE urged authorities to fully disclose information about the radioactive waste found at Laem Chabang Port and investigate the shipment’s entire route.
— The Nation (annoying popup)

Traffic project tipped to cause chaos
The 900-day construction of three overpass projects over Na Ranong intersection is expected to trigger critical traffic woes around the area with motorists being advised to avoid the route.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Opening the gates to salvage tourism
booming tourism industry is nonetheless experiencing uneasiness like never before amid safety concerns and growing discontent over declining arrivals from China.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

CP, BTS groups set to bid for airport link high-speed railway
TWO RIVAL CORPORATE groups – Charoen Pokphand (CP) and BTS Holdings Plc – are expected to submit their bids today for construction of a high-speed rail linking the three main international airports – Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-tapao – worth a total of Bt220 billion.
— The Nation (annoying popup)

Hospital under fire as injured woman dies
A BANGKOK hospital was accused of sending a 38-year-old woman, who had sustained injuries after her jealous husband splashed acid on her face at 5am on Friday, to another hospital for which she has subscribed to a universal healthcare scheme or “gold card” but the woman reportedly died in the taxi on the way in front of her 12-year-old daughter.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thai AirAsia flies into red as Chinese travellers decline
The drop in Chinese visitors to Thailand and higher fuel prices resulted in a loss for Thai AirAsia in the third quarter but it hopes for a better financial performance in the last three months of the…
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Thailand’s largest commercial property development ICONSIAM opens with dazzling US$30 million launch
Thailand’s most spectacular riverside landmark, ICONSIAM, today, opened with a dazzling programme that included the largest flying drone display ever organised in Southeast Asia with more than 1,500 drones, and attended by tens of thousands of well-wishers, celebrities and Thailand’s ‘Who’s Who’.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Kobsak: EEC is Thailand’s model economic development approach
Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office Kobsak Pootrakool believes the establishment of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) is a model approach for future economic development.
— News Today (video)

PM concerned about water situation
The prime minister is concerned about the weather situation in the South, and has directed every agency to help victims as a matter of urgency.

Law makes PM’s return bid trickier
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha cannot canvass for votes if he wants to stage a comeback as a prime ministerial candidate on the ticket of any party, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

True Corp sharpens its edge with AI
TRUE CORP has deployed advanced technologies throughout its business processes to enhance the company’s competitive edge, co-president Kittinut Tikawan said.
— The Nation

Excise Department contemplates taxes on salty food
According to the Director-General of the Excise Department, the agency is studying the possibility of levying taxes on food that contains a concentration of salt or fat, saying that the new regulation would prioritize the health of consumers.
— News Today (video)

EC to announce the boundaries of electoral districts
The Election Commission (EC) is planning to disclose its method of determining the boundaries of electoral districts for constituencies nationwide.
— News Today (video)

Thammasat reengineers its engineering curriculum to fit Thailand 4.0
Engineering is one of the key drivers of the Thailand 4.0 policy. Therefore, Thammasat School of Engineering has been developing its curriculum to produce young engineers with excellence in digital technology. There are many innovations proving their success.
— News Today (video)

Abhisit vows to address income gap
Newly-elected Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has vowed that under his leadership the oldest political party will pursue economic policies that will help reduce income inequality and ensure growth.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Ex-soldier on the run after shooting girlfriend in Prachin Buri
A former Saraburi-based cavalry soldier, Corporal Panuwat Pancheun, who was reportedly fired from service three months ago for assaulting his superior, has allegedly shot and injured his 28 year old girlfriend at her family’s home/grocery shop in Prachin Buri province this morning as he tried to drag her out to his car.
— The Thaiger

Blood is thicker than water
The year 1998 was annus horribilis for a family in Chumphon province. On the night of Dec 5, Prasit Sae-ue, the sole breadwinner of the family was killed while his wife was pregnant with their son.
— Bangkok Post

ORIGIN aims high
ORIGIN PROPERTY PLC, a listed property company, expects its annual revenue to double from Bt16 billion this year to Bt32 billion in 2023 through the offer of a digital platform for services to homebuyers under the banner of “Smart Service Living Solution”, chief executive officer Peerapong Jaroon-Ek told The Nation in an interview.
— The Nation

Buri Ram teacher probed after boy’s beating
A Buri Ram school has set up a committee to investigate a parent’s allegation that one of its teachers made a Prathom 6 pupil do 50 jumping jacks in the hot sun and then whipped him 10 times with a wooden stick wrapped in duct tape.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya duo busted for shaking down littering tourists
Two men working for Pattaya City Hall face criminal charges after a pair of Chinese tourists complained they were fined B2,000 for discarding cigarette butts and never received receipts.
— The Phuket News

Nations unite in fight against drugs
Heightened cooperation between six countries as part of the anti-drug Safe Mekong initiative has contributed to the interception of large drug hauls entering Thailand from neighbouring countries, Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk has revealed.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Phuket man nabbed with over 52,000 ya bah pills, ya ice
Phuket Police on Wednesday (Nov 7) arrested a Chalong-based drug dealer and seized over 52,000 methamphetamine pills (ya bah) and 784.82 grams of crystal methamphetamine (ya ice).
— The Phuket News

Fortune magazine sold to member of richest Thai family
US publishing house Meredith Corporation announced on November 9 it sold one of its business flagship titles, Fortune magazine, to a Thai tycoon for $150 million.
— Investvine

Are the Shinawatras planning a comeback?
Recent news reports have revealed that the relatives and allies of ousted Thai prime ministers Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister, Yingluck Shinawatra, have formed a new political party – the Thai Raksa Chart Party.
— The Asean Post

Heavy rains trigger flooding in Chumphon, Prachuap Khiri Khan
The southern provinces of Chumphon and Prachuap Khiri Khan are being battered by a heavy inundation triggered by days of rainfall.

Bangkok gets spanking new $2 billion megacity and mall
Iconsiam, the Bt54 billion (S$2.2 billion) megacity project of future living today, has opened as an iconic landmark of Thailand’s eternal prosperity on the Chao Phraya River.
— Asia One

GSB organizes Money Expo in Chiang Mai
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) is offering special promotions at the 13th Money Expo in Chiang Mai during November 9-11, 2018, at Central Plaza Chiang Mai Airport.

Diversification the key for fast-growing firm
SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT nine years ago, Origin Property has seen its pre-sales value climb from Bt198 million in 2010 to Bt24 billion this year, mainly due to its success in building residential projects suitable for different groups of people.
— The Nation

Sustainable Thai Idealism mobile unit
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has held a Sustainable Thai Idealism activity by dispatching a mobile unit to provide services to members of the public.
— Asia One

Flying lanterns only allowed in specific periods of time during festivals
Authorities are calling on the general public to fly lanterns during Yipeng and Loy Krathong festivals only within specific periods of time to prevent possible accidents in aviation.
— Asia One

NLA approves amendment of Narcotics Act
The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has endorsed the amendment of the Narcotics Act, B.E. 2552, and handed it over to the administration for consideration.

Rules to control residence credits
The Bank of Thailand has reworked the rules controlling residence credits to elevate the standards applying when financial institutions are considering loan applications.

Law Reform Commission introduces “Thailand: Smart License” initiative
The Law Reform Commission of Thailand is set to introduce an initiative to minimize hurdles for people pursuing careers.

Chiang Mai to host World Robot Olympiad 2018
Chiang Mai will organize World Robot Olympiad 2018 (WRO 2018) during November 16-18, 2018.

Ang Thong Hospital: Ivermectin can treat both humans and animals
Ang Thong Hospital has confirmed that Ivermectin, an antiparasitic drug, can be used to treat both humans and animals and that there has never been a report of any fatality from using the medication.


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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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