Thailand morning news for April 18

Thailand morning news for April  18

Thailand morning news

Cabinet approves 3rd runway at Suvarnabhumi airport
The Thai cabinet today approved the construction of a third runway at Suvarnabhumi international airport as part of the country’s ambition to become the aviation hub of ASEAN.
–Thai PBS News

Future Forward’s Piyabutr denies charges
Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has denied computer crime and contempt of court charges stemming from a video clip of him reading a party statement on the Constitutional Court’s decision to dissolve the Thai Raksa Chart Party in March.
–Bangkok Post

PM not satisfied with Songkran road accidents toll
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is unhappy with the number of fatal road accidents during the Songkran holiday, even though there were fewer casualties compared to previous years.
–Thai PBS News

King Imposes Moral Code on Civil Servants
A law issued by His Majesty the King requiring civil servants to follow a strict code of conduct becomes effective on Wednesday.
–Khaosod English

Credit inquiries climbing as household debt swells
Credit inquiries at the National Credit Bureau (NCB) are expected to hit another record high this year amid mounting anxiety over swelling household debt.
–Bangkok Post

Predicting electricity demands
Research published in the International Journal of Energy Technology and Policy shows how a neural network can be trained with a genetic algorithm to forecasting short-term demands on electricity load.

Tailor-made uniformity threatens Thai creativity
In an attempt to encourage greater creativity among its students, an elite all-boys private school in Bangkok decided earlier this year to experiment with its uniform rules, permitting pupils to display their individuality by dressing in casual clothes once a week.
— Nikkei Asian Review

Banana supply declines during Thai New Year
The price of bananas in production areas first increased and then declined last week.
— Fresh Plaza

Developer pulls the plug on 500 million baht retirement project in Chiang Mai
PHOTO: Sunshine International Retirement Residence & Serviced Apartment, Hua Hin Sunshine International, Thailand’s leading brand of retirement residences says that their project which was due to be constructed near Chiang Mai’s city centre has now been cancelled.
–The Thaiger

Chiang Rai speeds up mountain wildfire suppression
Chiang Rai Governor Narong Rojjanasothorn disclosed Tuesday that authorities have so far been unable to control part of a wildfire on Doi Jorakhae while volunteers are continuing to participate in the difficult operation to extinguish it.
–Pattaya Mail

Applications for international transport operations accepted until April 23
The Department of Land Transport is inviting those who are interested in being cross-border transport operators linking Thailand, Laos and Vietnam, and Thailand and Cambodia, to submit their applications by April 23, 2019.

The Phuket Provincial Waterworks Authority (PWA) has announced that the mains water supply will be shut off in parts of Wichit on Thursday (Apr 18) due to necessary pipe repairs.
People affected are urged to collect any water they may require beforehand. It is expected that the water may have some sludge and discolouration after the repairs.
–The Phuket News

French seasteader blacklisted and has visa revoked
The Thai Immigration Bureau has revoked the non-immigrant visa of a French Polynesian and blacklisted him after it was discovered that he and his Thai wife had built a floating…
–Thai PBS News

Navy to remove ‘seasteading’ floating home off Phuket coast
The Royal Thai Navy Third Navy looks set to remove seasteading” couple’s living platform, 12 nautical miles from this island province, within a week.
–Bangkok Post

Maya Bay to be closed for up to five years
Maya Bay’s beach, closed last year to allow coral restoration and beach recovery, could remain closed to visitors for many years.
–The Thaiger

HM Queen Sirikit advised to stay in hospital for treatment
Her Majesty Queen Sirikit has been admitted to Chulalongkorn Hospital in Bangkok suffering cystitis, which is an inflammation of the bladder, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household today.
–The Thaiger

Extension sought for second-tier perk
The government’s initiative to extend tax breaks for tourism spending in second-tier provinces this year has been praised by tourism operators, who cite last year’s success in increasing community income by 15-20%.
–Bangkok Post

Tropical storms hit 24 provinces; aid measures taken promptly
Besides forest fires and the haze situation in the North, tropical storms have hit 24 provinces, prompting the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation to coordinate with provincial authorities to take measures immediately to help the victims.

STYLE Bangkok kicks off at BITEC Bang Na
The Ministry of Commerce accelerates the organization of activities to drive exports. Today, STYLE Bangkok kicked off at BITEC Bang Na. The fair comprises three events which feature lifestyle products to meet the demands of buyers in all product groups.

Manhunt launched for American over ‘seastead’ fiasco
Phuket officials this morning confirmed that they are now searching for American Chad Elwartowski, whose permit to stay in Thailand has been revoked and is now wanted on criminal charges filed by the Royal Thai Navy.
–The Phuket News

Lucky Dog: Rescuer to adopt pup fished from Thai gulf
No one knows where he came from or where he was going, but a dog rescued over 200 kilometers from the gulf shore has been getting lots of pets since he was pulled out of the water.
–Coconuts (paywall)

Village leader killed in Yala in an insurgent ambush
FILE PHOTO An assistant village headman has been ambushed and shot dead in Yala’s city district just after midnight today (Wednesday).
–The Thaiger

Contrasting paternal and maternal genetic histories of Thai and Lao populations
The human demographic history of Mainland Southeast Asia (MSEA) has not been well-studied; in particular there have been very few sequence-based studies of variation in the male-specific portions of the Y chromosome (MSY).
— Oxford Academy

Auto Mania – April 17, 2019
BIMS sales show promise for 2019 How many cars were sold at the Bangkok International Motor Show? There was no surprise on the Toyota stand, with 6110 orders taken during the 40th Bangkok International Motor Show (BIMS), with only Mazda (5211 orders) and Honda (4910) getting close.
–Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s Top of the Gulf Regatta Comes Back For its 15th Year
Sailing enthusiasts in Thailand would probably have heard of — if not regularly frequent — the Top of the Gulf Regatta. The largest multi-class regatta of its kind in Asia, and one of the biggest sailing events in all of Thailand, the Top of the Gulf Regatta is hosted by the Ocean Marina Yacht Club in Pattaya, and has been supporting Thai sailing talents for over fifteen years.
–Prestige Online

Nine charged over gang brawl at hospital
PRACHUAP KHIRI KHAN: Police have pressed assault charges against nine members of two gangs involved in a brawl at Bang Saphan Noi Hospital in Prachuap Khiri Khan.
–Bangkok Post

Officers inspect Karon Beach following complaints of sun lounge zoning
Officers inspected Karon Beach after they have received a complaint that beach sun lounges were creeping back and taking more than the 10 percent regulation zoning.
–The Thaiger

Dolphins playing off Phang Nga – VIDEO
Lots of dolphins have been sighted near the Koh Similan group in Phang Nga. The Wow Andanman tour manager says, “the tour was on a speedboat with tourists yesterday morning near Koh Similans yesterday.
–The Thaiger

Volunteers join Songkran road safety campaign
Volunteers in many provinces have participated in a campaign for a reduction in the number of accidents and traffic problems during Songkran festival 2019.
–Pattaya Mail


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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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