Thailand morning news for September 13

Thailand morning news for September 13

Thailand morning newsThailand tops tourism list for Chinese in H1
Thailand remained the top destination for Chinese travelling abroad in the first half of the year, according to a joint report by the China Tourism Academy and online travel firm Ctrip.
— Bangkok Post

British Airways data theft leaves customers fuming, out of pocket (video)
‘Customer data theft’. That is the grim message now greeting visitors to British Airways’s UK website. ‘We are investigating the theft of customer data from our website and mobile app’, it says. ‘The website is now working normally’.
— AEC News Today (video)

Fortune-teller sentenced to 4,355 years in jail for fraud
A well-known fortune-teller, widely known as “Sinsae Shogun”, was sentenced to 4,355 years in prison today after she was found guilty of 871 counts of fraud charges by the Criminal Court for cheating 871 customers who were lured into buying food supplements from her company with.
— Thai PBS World

New airspace plan ‘will double flights’
Thailand’s airspace capacity will double from one million to two million flights per year if it successfully introduces a new one-way aircraft route plan in three years’ time, the new Aeronautical Radio of Thailand Ltd (Aerothai) president Somnuk Rongthong says.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC board denies DTAC extra time on 850MHz
The telecom regulator dealt a resounding blow to Total Access Communication (Dtac) Wednesday by ruling against the third-ranked mobile operator’s request to retain its 850-megahertz customers for a remedy period.
— Bangkok Post

Nepal, Thailand refrain from participating in India-led BIMSTEC military drill
Nepal and Thailand are taking part as ‘observers’ in the “Milex-2018” anti-terror military drill which began in Pune, India on Monday. Nepal had pulled back after protests had been lodged from political parties, including ruling Communist Party of Nepal. Thailand stated “prior commitments” as not being able to attend.
— FreePressKashmir

Report lauds OTT as B36bn job creator, improving skills
Over-the-top (OTT) services contribute as much as 36 billion baht and 30,000 jobs to Thailand’s economy, a new report says.
— Bangkok Post

TCEB Showcases 13 Years of its MICE Development Path with 1 Trillion Baht Revenue Generated to Thailand
TCEB, Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (Public Organization) announced performances over 13 years of its establishment at the Thailand MICE Forum 2018: Redefining Our Industry.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

2 army rangers shot dead in Pattani
Two army rangers were gunned down and four more wounded in a night-time ambush by suspected militants in Thailand’s Muslim-majority south, officials said Wednesday.
— Free Malaysia Today

Countdown to elections begins with two poll-related laws published in Royal Gazette
Countdown to the general elections has begun after two laws on elections of members of House of Representatives and selection of senators were published in the Royal Gazette today.
— Thai PBS World

Government to destroy 861 illegal boats
A total of 861 unregistered fishing vessels are set to be destroyed by mid-December as the government ramps up efforts to improve the status of Thai fishery fleets, and its fight against illegal fishing before the next round of talks on illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing with the European Union (EU) in September.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand has no need to raise policy interest rate now, finance minister says
Thailand has no need to increase its policy interest rate at the moment as inflation is still benign and global risks remain, the finance minister said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Thailand to host grand event for SMEs around the globe
A marketing expert has suggested Thai entrepreneurs adjust themselves by using technology to increase sales and expand their business in the digital era.
— News Today (video)

NSF optimistic on reaching 1 million member mark
The National Savings Fund (NSF) is confident membership will reach 1 million this year as state enterprise officials who are not provident fund members have been permitted to join the voluntary pension…
— Bangkok Post

Maya Bay to re-open to tourists, but closed to boats
Maya Bay will re-open tourists on Nov 1, but only to tourists arriving from Loh Samah Bay on the far side of the island.
— The Phuket News

Energy protesters halt public hearing
The first public hearing for the country’s largest biomass-fired power plant in Tambon Pak Tob in Udon Thani’s Nong Han district was cancelled after disruptions by an estimated 400 protesters.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet’s weekly meeting approves several new projects
The Cabinet has approved many proposed projects during its weekly meeting.
— News Today (video)

Cabinet gives nod to draft digital ID bill
The cabinet on Tuesday approved in principle a draft digital ID bill to facilitate transactions and ensure security for online users, a move that bankers believe will help banks expand their account base through the internet and smartphones at a rapid pace.
— Bangkok Post

Unethical of PM to appoint sedition defendant to junta PR role, say critics
A statement issued by Srisuwan Junya, secretary-general of the Thai Constitution Protection Organisation Association on Wednesday, deemed that the Cabinet’s appointment severely violated the ethical code in Article 219 of the current constitution.
— The Nation

United Tech to pay $14 million for illegal foreign payments: U.S. SEC
United Technologies Corp will pay $13.9 million to settle charges it made illegal payments or provided trips and gifts to officials from Azerbaijan, China, Kuwait, South Korea, Pakistan, Thailand and Indonesia in order to obtain business, the top U.S. securities regulator said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Torrential rains expected from two incoming storms
Downpours and rough seas are expected in Thailand over the next six days as two intense storms are heading towards China’s southern shores, the Meteorological Department warned on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Illegal wildlife trade on Facebook in Thailand open ‘for all to see’
Facebook is once again in the spotlight, this time for the rampant illegal wildlife trade being facilitated through its groups in Thailand.
— Mongabay

New cabinet member seen as savvy move
The cabinet’s appointment of Buddhipongse Punnakanta as the prime minister’s deputy secretary-general for political affairs is reinforcing speculation that the regime is moving to bolster its ranks with fresh faces ahead of the general election.
— Bangkok Post

Bukit Aman: Three tons of drugs worth RM60m seized following cooperation with Thailand since 2017
The Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM) seized various types of drugs weighing almost three tons which were estimated to be worth RM60 million smuggled into the country via Thailand for the period 2017 until this month.
— MalayMail

China can’t always get what it wants in Thailand
When Chinese Vice Premier Zhang Gaoli attended last year’s royal cremation for deceased Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the high-level official raised an undiplomatic fuss when told new King Maha Vajiralongkorn was unavailable for a private audience because of his central role in the sacred ceremony.
— Asia Times

Energy Ministry aims to boost alternative sources of power
The new PDP will be categorised into North, Northeast, East, West, South and Bangkok.
— The Nation

Central Pattana to buy Gland
Central Pattana Plc’s subsidiary CPN Pattaya Co Ltd has signed an agreement to purchase 100 per cent of shares in Grand Canal Land Plc (Gland) for Bt3.1 per share or worth Bt20.14 billion, according to the company’s report to the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) on Wednesday.
— The Nation

CP Group looks to higher return from real estate
“We are also keen on office, meeting/exhibition, and hotel developments in view of Thailand’s status as the hub of the Asean Economic Community (AEC) and its expanded tax-free policy on more goods and services,” he said.
— The Nation

First ever Muay Thai Expo to take place in Buriram
Buriram City, home of Khmer ruins, homemade silk, and Muay Thai will now be bringing you the first ever Muay Thai Expo scheduled from October 4-7 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram City.
— The Nation


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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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