Thailand morning news for November 16

Thailand morning news for November 16

Thailand morning newsBt20-bn plan to link EEC with southern corridor
APPROVAL will be sought from the Cabinet for investment of over Bt20 billion for a southern corridor that will connect with the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in order to forge a massive trade hub linking the Pacific and Indian oceans.
— The Nation

Recovery of capsized boat Phoenix likely to take another 5 days
After capsizing off of Koh Hey(เกาะเฮ) on July 5 of this year and claiming the lives of 47 Chinese tourists, the Phoenix is likely to be retrieved from the ocean over the coming five days with a new team of over 100 man rescue crew contracted from Singapore.
— News Today (video)

Appeal Court fines zero-dollar tour operators B500,000
The Appeal Court has partially overturned a lower court’s decision and fined three defendants 500,000 baht each while acquitting 10 other suspects in the zero-dollar tour case.
— Bangkok Post

Thais take Asean chair, haunted by past summit chaos
Protests, broken windows and dignitaries forced to flee by helicopter — Thailand’s last stint as host of Southeast Asia’s biggest summit was devoured by political chaos.
— Bangkok Post

Junta No. 2 Answers Election Question With Offer of Violence
Obviously incensed by questions whether oft-delayed elections would happen as planned in February, the deputy junta leader said he would answer such questions with his fists.
— Khaosod English

Changes to visas to stimulate tourist sector
The drop-off in Chinese tourists has caused the Thai Government to come up with some creative ideas to re-invigorate the tourist sector, leading into this year’s high season.
— The Thaiger

Rate stands in tighter vote
The Bank of Thailand kept its policy rate unchanged yesterday, but the close vote of 4-3 added to the likelihood of the first rate hike in more than seven years at 2019’s final meeting in December.
— Bangkok Post

New land tax bill nears NLA approval
Deputy Finance Minister Wisudhi Srisuphan has hailed the bill on land and buildings tax, which is on the verge of sailing through the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), as a significant overhaul of the…
— Bangkok Post

Plain cigarette packaging to be introduced to discourage smoking
Public Health Minister Piyasakol Sakolsattayathorn said Wednesday that the plain packaging would replace the current packaging which has been used for more than five years and has become familiar with smokers and non-smokers alike to the extent that it is no longer effective in discouraging people from smoking or making people realize health threats from cigarette smoking.
— Thai PBS World

Prayut announces 2019 Asean theme
SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Thursday introduced “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” as the official theme for the Asean chairmanship next year.
— Bangkok Post

Somkid supports LTF perk continuity
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has voiced his support for long-term equity funds (LTFs) to continue but says the extension of the tax privilege for LTF investment must be approved by the Finance Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign cash declared key to EEC goals
FOREIGN investors and visitors are seen as the key drivers for the economic advancement of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) while also supporting the region’s local communities.
— The Nation

EC meets with election auditors from across the nation
The Election Commission (EC) has begun handing out policy to election auditors and provincial EC members nationwide in preparation for next year’s general election.
— News Today (video)

BoI promises ‘golden year’ with package
The Board of Investment (BoI) plans to meet to consider a new investment package on Monday to make next year “the golden year of investment”.
— Bangkok Post

Doctor accused of raping patient, Bt50,000 offer rejected
A DOCTOR in his early 50s has been charged with rape and committing an indecent act after being accused of raping a 29-year-old female patient with a “phallic object” wrapped in a condom during a gynaecological check-up at a clinic in Nakhon Sawan’s Muang district.
— The Nation

45% of Thai consumers use pirated TV boxes: survey
Thailand’s subscription video industry is facing a significant threat in the form of pirate TV streaming boxes, according to the Asia Video Industry Association (AVIA).

Government will impose 3 urgent measures to tackle rubber price drop
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will submit three urgent measures to assist rubber farmers in the Cabinet meeting next week. The measures include setting a minimum purchase price for the private sector.
— News Today (video)

PTT warms to cold storage for fruit alley
SET-listed PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, plans to propose a business plan to its board for the government’s Eastern Fruit Corridor (EFC) scheme, hoping to invest in cold storage for farm products.
— Bangkok Post

Women urged to speak up on abuses
A campaign in Bangkok on Thursday urged Thai women to overcome cultural practices that make them susceptible to acts of violence and sexual assault.
— Bangkok Post

19 Films Go Outdoor in Bangkok at Euro Film Fest
Winter’s arrival means cinephiles can ditch the dark cinema and unfold chairs under the stars with a bag of popcorn. Just no mosquitos, please.
— Khaosod English

BMW celebrates record Thai sales
BMW Thailand recorded its strongest performance ever for the first three quarters of the year with 8,304 vehicles delivered to customers – an 18.2 per cent increase from the same period last year and already outpacing full-year sales in 2016.
— The Nation

Rama II hospital temporarily closed for turning car park into out-patient building
The Rama II hospital which was accused of refusing to accept for treatment a woman attacked with acid last Friday night has been ordered closed temporarily for turning a car park into an out-patient building without permission.
— Thai PBS World

Developers report mixed bag
Large listed developers are reporting mixed performance for revenues in the first nine months this year, with condos remaining a key growth driver.
— Bangkok Post

True Group records Bt385 million net profit in Q3
True Corporation PLC (TRUE) recorded Bt385 million net profit in the third quarter of 2018 bolstered by accelerating service revenues with double-digit YoY growth in both mobile and broadband internet businesses, the company said in a press release issued on Wednesday.
— The Nation

Chewathai steps up the pace for |revenue goal of Bt4.5 bn in 2021
LISTED property firm Chewathai Plc aims to achieve total revenue of up to Bt4.5 billion in 2021 under a plan to launch at least eight residential projects valued at between Bt6 billion and Bt7 billion a year, managing director Boon Choon Kiat said.
— The Nation

Chartthaipattana crosshairs trained on House seats in South
The Chartthaipattana Party is set to establish its foothold and grab House seats in the three southern border provinces in the general election, according to former coup leader Gen Sonthi Boonyaratglin,…
— Bangkok Post

Missiles to measles in Thailand’s deep south
As of November, Thailand health officials have recorded 1,500 cases and 12 deaths due to the outbreak of measles in the Southern provinces of the country. According to local news reports, the majority of patients are babies and children who have not been vaccinated.
— The Asean Post

Aussie safe after yacht catches ablaze off Patong Beach
An Australian yachtsman is safe after his yacht caught on fire off Patong Beach last night (Nov 14).
— The Phuket News

DPM Prawit: Draft amendment of Boxing Act needs careful consideration
The Deputy Prime Minister for Security Affairs has warned the Ministry of Tourism and Sports to be careful while working on the draft amendment of the Boxing Act.
— News Today (video)

Kaidee expands marketplace to property advertising
Kaidee, Thailand’s largest online marketplace, is expanding with a new section, BaanKaidee, to capitalise on the 600-million-baht online property advertising market.
— Bangkok Post

Mastercard and GARMIN Partner to Launch “GARMIN pay” to Expand ‘Wearable’ Contactless Payments in Thailand
Mastercard on Thursday announced a partnership with GARMIN, Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) and Krungthai Card (KTC) to launch GARMIN Pay in Thailand.
— The Nation

Tourist Police service centres being set up on Phuket beaches
The Phuket Tourist Police are poised to improve marine and coastal safety by setting up service centres on Phuket beaches, starting initially with Kamala and Karon Beach.
— The Thaiger

Thais arrested for charging ‘access fees’ to Freedom Beach
Two Thai men have been arrested for charging tourists cash in order to access Freedom Beach, south of Patong. The men are believed to have been raking in an estimated B10,000 a day.
— The 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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