Thailand morning news for November 26

Thailand morning news for November 26

Thailand morning newsConstruction of Thai-Chinese high-speed rail slated to begin next year
The government has ensured that the construction of the first phase of the remaining three sections of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima will begin in April next year.
— News Today (video)

Worry over worsening conflicts after EEC land use changes
LAND CONFLICTS are likely to worse in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), academics warn, because the revised city plans for the three provinces involved will enlarge the industrial zone and swallow vast swaths of farmland, displacing farmers.
— The Nation

Skilled foreign workers needed in Thailand
A Thai academic says the nation needs to attract skilled foreign workers to work in the country, especially in the industrial technology sector, to overcome a shortage of skilled-workers.
— News Today (video)

Govt urged to lift ban on e-cigarettes
Allowing smoke-free products seen as more effective in discouraging tobacco smokers than plain packaging.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

PM urges Thais to get prepared for election
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said social consciousness is needed in democratic rule and urged the people to get prepared for a general election.

Survey: Thai firms upbeat on trade
With strong economic momentum in Thailand, the country’s businesses are optimistic about international trade prospects, says the latest HSBC Navigator business report.
— Bangkok Post

KBank eyes business expansion in Laos
As part of the key strategy to expand businesses within AEC+3, KBank is now ready to tap into Lao PDR through numerous services and local partnership arrangements, the company said in a press release issued on Friday.
— The Nation

Sudarat leads popular pick for PM, says poll
The Pheu Thai Party, still reeling from party heavyweights jumping ship to join a pro-regime party, has been buoyed by a poll result which shows key party figure Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan is the number one choice for prime minister.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai’s small hotels on sale due to falling Chinese tourist arrivals
A fallout from declining tourist arrivals, especially Chinese since the Phoenix tourist boat tragedy in mid-July, has forced more than 10 small hotels and hostels in Chiang Mai to put up their properties for sale.
— Thai PBSWorld

‘Little ghost’ smugglers busted
Three people, including a South Korean man, were arrested by police for luring prospective Thai workers via social media to work illegally in South Korea.
— Bangkok Post

E-tax update on the cards
The Finance Ministry is planning to develop an integrated electronic tax system, aiming to facilitate swift tax payments and refunds.
— Bangkok Post

Works on Thai-Chinese high-speed rail to commence in 2019
The Thai government will begin construction of the first phase of the remaining three sections of the Thai-Chinese high-speed rail between Bangkok and Nakhon Ratchasima in April next year, the National News Bureau of Thailand announced on November 25. The route is planned to begin operations in 2022.
— investvine

Debt freeze for Village Fund tabled
Debt suspension for Village Fund members is scheduled to go before the cabinet for consideration today.
— Bangkok Post

SBPAC introduces seamless economic plan for deep south
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) has introduced an economic plan to seamlessly develop the economies in the southernmost border provinces as a single area.

BoI gives nod to projects in Deep South
The Board of Investment (BoI) has approved two projects — a hospitality business and coconut oil production — in Nong Chik district, Pattani province, with a combined value of 620 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

Into the light: Inspection of ‘Phoenix’ wreck unveils details, inconsistencies
The recovery of the Phoenix tour boat from the seabed at a depth of 45 metres south of Koh Hei (Coral Island) – where it sank in a storm on July 5 – this week marked the beginning of the investigation into whether any structural or mechanical failures of the boat caused or contributed to the death of 47 Chinese tourists in Thailand’s worst maritime disaster in modern history.
— The Phuket News

Bid to protect Muslim girls who marry
The Central Islamic Council of Thailand (CICT) is drafting a new rule aimed at better protecting Muslim girls below the age of 18 who are to wed, says a member of the Sheikhul Islam Office (SIO).
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut: NCPO to meet political parties December 7
The Prime Minister has revealed the date that the National Council for Peace and Order has scheduled for a discussion on election issues with representatives of political parties.

School probe on ‘ghost’ claims begins
A graft-busting agency suspects some state education officials in Nakhon Ratchasima province fabricated over 200 student names to pocket an education subsidy.
— Bangkok Post

Two volunteers shot dead at a market place in Pattani
Two defence volunteers were fatally shot at a market place in Kapor district of Pattani province Saturday allegedly by southern militants.
— Thai PBSWorld

TCP doubling down with Vietnam play
TCP Group, the maker and distributor of Krating Daeng, Sponsor, Mansome and Puriku drinks, as well as Sun Snacks, vows to double investment in Vietnam to 4 billion baht during 2019-21.
— Bangkok Post

Thai diplomats in South Korea to seek trade cooperation
Commerce Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong is leading a Thai delegation to visit South Korea to promote trade and boost the export of Thai food products.
— News Today (video)

Over half a million informal debt cases settled with the help of military
The military has helped in mediating informal debts owed by over half a million people and has managed to return to the debtors over 5,000 land title deeds involving more than 20,000 rai of land held by their creditors as collateral.
— Thai PBSWorld

Labour Ministry launches living quality development campaign for working women
The Ministry of Labour has joined hands with partner agencies to introduce a living quality enhancement campaign for working women, using mental exercises to help achieve success.

Child porn ring busted, raids hit Patong
The Department of Special Investigation (DSI), working with international agencies, has busted a child porn ring that uncovered evidence of child pornography at two locations in Phuket.
— The Phuket News

Welfare campaign helps alleviate hardships, boost local economies: PM
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha asserted the government’s welfare campaign has helped reduced living costs according to the people’s needs, while also help circulate money to boost local economies, says speaker.

Five armed men of a drug caravan shot dead by troops near Myanmar border
Army troops have shot dead five armed men allegedly guarding a drug caravan near the Thai-Myanmar border in Mae Sai district of the northern province of Chiang Rai and seized about one million meth pills.
— Thai PBSWorld

IoT regulations due next year
A series of regulatory conditions for the Internet of Things (IoT) and related device connectivity are scheduled to be implemented by 2019 to handle machine-to-machine connectivity in the industrial sector, with 5G wireless broadband set for worldwide commercial launch by 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Aussie tourist robbed at gunpoint after dumped by Phuket taxi driver
Police are searching for four suspects who robbed a 19-year-old Australian tourist at gunpoint after he was dumped by the side of a dark road in Phuket by a taxi driver.
— The Phuket News

Thai ranger and state units recognized by international agencies
A Thai ranger and several state agencies along with other seven institutions and individuals from across Asia have been recognized by the United Nations, USAID, Interpol, and the Freeland Foundation for outstanding work in preventing transboundary environmental crime in an annual award ceremony in Bangkok.
— News Today (video)

NLA scheduled to deliberate 11 draft laws
The National Legislative Assembly has scheduled sittings next week to deliberate a number of draft laws.

Migrant kids get chance to blossom
Three years ago, Chit Ko, a son of ethnic migrant workers, almost had to drop out of school, after his parents asked their son to start working to support the family.
— Bangkok Post

Taiwanese meth cooks driving Mekong drug glut: Thai police
Taiwanese chemists are a driving force behind the glut of meth flooding the Mekong region after they tweaked the recipe to dodge controls on other precursor chemicals, Thai drug cops said Friday (Nov 23).
— Channel NewsAsia

DIT clarifies measures to help low-income earners, elderly persons
Internal Trade Department Director General Wichai Photchanakit dismissed criticisms that the government’s measures to help low-income earners and elderly persons through 14.5 million welfare cards and an almost hundred billion baht are related to attempts to woo votes ahead of the upcoming election.

Thai Law: Demystifying the New Property Tax Code
Come Jan. 1, 2020, 25 long and delicate years of work by 13 governments to bridge the economic divide of the Thai population will hit the books.
— Khaosod English

FFP vows to cut army budget
The Future Forward Party (FFP) has vowed to cut the military budget and reduce the number of generals in the army, according to its secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul.
— Bangkok Post

TAT continues to promote second-tier cities in 2019
Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) reported that tourists have continued to visit the 55 second-tier provinces, and the TAT will continue to promote these destinations next year.

Govt’s solutions to informal debt offer a new start
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen.Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed government units to assist informal debtors as a matter of urgency. Meanwhile, the government has vowed to continue to tackle the problem of informal debt after good progress was made recently.

Farmers warned of legal action over drying paddy on roads
The Rural Roads Department is warning farmers they’ll face legal action for piling paddy on roads following a number of accidents.
— Bangkok Post

Drunken Knife Brawl Between Monks Leaves Both Bloodied
Two monks were sent to hospital after an alcohol-fueled knife fight broke out late Friday night, police said.
— Khaosod English

Loss of privilege irks LTF investors
Paying tax is a bitter pill to swallow for most people, with many Thais opting to invest in long-term equity funds (LTFs) for the tax deduction on annual income.
— Bangkok Post

Yala’s Sufficiency Economy Center creates jobs for villagers
A deserted rice field in Kaloopang community of Raman district of Yala province has been transformed into Sufficiency Economy Center.

Appeal launched for Irish tourist after ‘horrific’ Phuket road accident
An appeal has been launched to raise funds to pay for medical expenses for an Irishman who remains in intensive care after a “horrific” road accident in Phuket.
— 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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