Thailand morning news for August 1

Thailand morning news for August 1

Thailand morning newsSi Sa Ket province declares dengue emergency
The northeastern province of Si Sa Ket, on the Cambodian border, has declared that the prevention and control of dengue fever required urgent attention throughout its area.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s currency keeps getting stronger and that’s sparking concerns
The Thai baht has soared against the U.S. dollar this year, significantly more than many other emerging market currencies.
— CNBC

Cabinet to endorse Bt3.2 trillion budget for 2020
Thailand’s Cabinet is set to endorse the proposed budget for fiscal year 2020 next week. The proposed budget is expected to call for expenditure of Bt3.2 trillion with a budget deficit of Bt450 billion.
— Thai PBS News

China welcomes progress in South China Sea issue amid tensions
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Wednesday welcomed major progress at a meeting with his Asean counterparts in mapping out a code of conduct to avert clashes in the South China Sea.
— Bangkok Post

Asean foreign ministers discuss S. China Sea, Rohingya
Foreign ministers of the 10-member Association of Southeast Asian Nations began their annual series of meetings in Bangkok on Wednesday, with South China Sea tensions, the Rohingya refugee crisis and Korean Peninsula issues on the agenda.
— Bangkok Post

Central bank broods over baht as June exports fall
Thailand’s central bank is still worried about speculation in the baht and has tools to handle it, a senior official said on Wednesday, as June exports fell and the current account turned to surplus.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seeks deeper cooperation as Asean ministers meet
Southeast Asian foreign ministers opened their annual meeting Wednesday with a call from host Thailand for deeper integration to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand eyes new stimulus to ease trade war shock
The Thai government is considering to work on “packages of economic activities” to stimulate its slowing economy, Thailand’s new finance minister, Uttama Savanayana, told the Nikkei Asian Review in an interview in Tokyo on Wednesday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

US certifies Thailand’s return to democracy
The United States has certified that Thailand is again a democracy, according to the U.S. Federal Register.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thailand’s tourism numbers to see modest recovery, supported by Chinese and Indian tourists
Thailand’s tourism sector may see a modest boost in the coming months as Chinese tourists start returning to the country.
— The Business Times

Thailand’s Chiang Mai light rail project opens first public hearing
The northern Thai city Chiang Mai’s light rail transit project on Wednesday opened the first public hearing in Thailand’s northern province.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand to set up Fake News Center to combat online scams
Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Minister Puttipong Punnakanta plans to set up a Fake News Center to combat online scams.
— Xinhuanet

Top Thai retailer Central Group plans IPO of department store unit
Central Group, Thailand’s largest mall operator, said on Wednesday it would list its Central Retail Corporation unit, which will combine retail businesses in Thailand, Vietnam and Italy.
— Nasdaq

Myanmar, Thai banks to collaborate in financial matters
Central Banks of Myanmar and Thailand will collaborate in financial matters to assist the development of trade and investment, according to the Central Bank of Myanmar (CBM) Wednesday.
— Xinhuanet

Vietnam, Thailand enhance political-security cooperation
A Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Public Security, Senior Lieutenant General Bui Van Nam, is participating in the 11th meeting of the Vietnam-Thailand Joint Working Group on Political-Security Cooperation (JWG-11) held in Thailand from July 30 to August 2.
— Nhan Dan Online

Forest rangers promised better equipment, welfare
National Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa on Wednesday promised to improve welfare benefits and working conditions for the 20,000 forest rangers nationwide.
— Bangkok Post

New Military Vehicle Deal Approval Puts US-Thailand Alliance in Focus
Last week, a formal announcement was disclosed about a potential new military vehicle deal between the United States and Thailand. The development put the spotlight on the ongoing efforts by both countries to continue to further their defense collaboration within the broader relationship.
— The Diplomat

Thai authorities stress prohibition on marijuana planting by foreigners
Thai Ministry of Public Health and the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Wednesday reiterated the stance on prohibiting foreigners in growing marijuana in Thailand.
— Xinhuanet

Halal Science Week 2019
The Halal Science Center, Chulalongkorn University cordially invites you to “Halal Science Week 2019,” which will be held during August 1 – 8, 2019.
— Bangkok Post

‘One Bangkok’, Thailand’s Largest Fully Integrated District, Unveils Masterplan
One Bangkok today unveiled the masterplan for its approx. USD 3.8 billion (THB 120 billion) fully-integrated district in Thailand’s capital, utilizing people-centric, sustainable and smart city design principles.
— PR Newswire (media release)

Proposal being prepared to raise the speed limit on Thai motorways up to 120 kph
Saksayam Chidchob, Thailand’s new transport minister, wants to raise the speed limit on main roads in Thailand to 120 kilometres per hour.
— The Thaiger

Energy policy committee extends 5-baht discount on B20
The Energy Policy Administration Committee (Epac) announced on Wednesday the extension of the five-baht discount on retail biodiesel B20 for an additional two months, from Aug 1.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Seeks Deeper Cooperation as ASEAN Ministers Meet
Southeast Asian foreign ministers have opened their annual meeting with a call from host Thailand for deeper cooperation to expand trade and bolster prosperity in the region amid rising global challenges.
— Khaosod English

Mitsubishi ships its 4 millionth vehicle from Thailand.
Japanese car maker Mitsubishi Motors Corporation on Wednesday exported its 4 millionth Thai-assembled vehicle through Laem Chabang port in Chon Buri province, bound for Europe.
— Bangkok Post

Finance association says LTV curbs doing the job
The new loan-to-value (LTV) limits applied since April 1 should be continued as a new standard for mortgages because they have not affected real housing demand and can help reduce non-performing loans (NPLs), says the Housing Finance Association.
— Bangkok Post property

Pheu Thai’s former deputy agriculture minister joins Palang Pracharat party
Opposition Pheu Thai party has been dealt with yet another blow as its former MP for the northeastern province of Si Sa Ket and former deputy agriculture minister, Mr. Pornsak Charoenprasert, defects to the government’s core Palang Pracharat party.
— Thai PBS News

Canadian arrested after recklessly driving a jet ski in Pattaya, disturbing tourists and fleeing arrest
A Canadian man has been arrested this morning, July 31st, 2019, after dangerously driving a jet-ski near the Bali Hai Pier. Pattaya officers this morning chased the Canadian man who was recklessly driving a jet-ski near the Pier and who attempted to evade capture.
— The Pattaya News

Local leaders seek help from governor in stalled murder case
Local leaders have asked provincial authorities to help speed up the stalled police investigation into the fatal shooting of a village headman eight months ago.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok-Hong Kong air traffic ranks 2nd highest globally
Traffic between Suvarnabhumi and Hong Kong airports ranks second highest on the list of the top five airports with the world’s busiest air traffic, according to the International Air Transport Association (IATA).
— Bangkok Post

First Chiang Mai light rail planned for 2027
This northern city hopes to launch its first mass transit line in 2027, officials said at a public hearing.
— Bangkok Post

Reading of Supreme Court’s verdict on five UDD core leaders postponed
Five core members of the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD) were given a temporary reprieve when the Criminal Court decided to postpone the reading of the Supreme Court’s verdict until September 23rd.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s job market – popular job sectors
A new report on the most popular job in Thailand shows how the country’s job market is evolving. In this digital age, it may come as no surprise that IT roles are now one of the most popular job areas.
— The Thaiger

Army Chief Recommends Netflix’s ‘The Great Hack’
The army chief has recommended people watch a Netflix documentary about how social media can be weaponized to turn the tide of public opinion – it’s happening in Thailand, he says.
— Khaosod English

Thai PM delivered an opening speech at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, Bangkok
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered the opening speech at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting in Bangkok on Wednesday, July 31st.
— Thai PBS News

Deputy Minister Kalaya floats E-book idea to avoid schoolchildren having to carry heavy bags
Deputy Education Minister Kalaya Sophonpanich says she wants to introduce E-books so school children will no longer need to carry heavy schoolbags loaded with books.
— Thai PBS News

KKP braces for flat auto loan growth as NPLs creep upwards
Kiatnakin Bank (KKP), an arm of Kiatnakin Phatra Finance Group, expects auto loan growth to be flat for the full year after shrinking for the first six months.
— Bangkok Post

Visually impaired people with guide dogs will have access to all public parks
Bangkok’s City Hall has decided to open all public parks in Bangkok to visually impaired people with guide dogs and will arrange for shelters for guide dogs at its hospitals.
— Thai PBS News

Nishino aims to make Thailand regional soccer power
Former Japan head coach Akira Nishino says he wants to help Thailand’s national team become a regional power as its new manager.
— Pattaya Mail

Pattaya Remand Prison working on solving wastewater issue, shows press new water treatment system
Pattaya Remand Prison has rushed to solve ongoing wastewater problems which has been flowing into public roads and the area near the Prison.
— The Pattaya News

Local residents and tourists continue to complain about Bali Hai Pier-this time, the derelict “new”fountain
Local residents in Pattaya have complained about a dancing water fountain at the Bali Hai Pier in Pattaya after it has stopped working.
— The Pattaya News

Chinese tourist injured after an accident on a speedboat in Pattaya
A Chinese tourist has been injured after he fell down on a speedboat while it was traveling between islands in Pattaya Bay.
— The Pattaya News

Chachoengsao woman sets herself on fire after divorce
A 32 year old woman set herself on fire in Chachoengsao, east of Bangkok, yesterday (Tuesday). Doctors say she only has a 10% chance of survival and 60% of her skin has been badly burned.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to Purchase 60 Strykers from US
The US has approved the sale of 60 M-1126 Stryker infantry carrier vehicles to Thailand, which will be delivered starting September for a total of USD$175 million, or 5.38 billion baht.
— Khaosod English

Two years of construction hell – residents on Rama II Road, Bangkok
Local residents living along the road upgrades to Rama II Road (Highway 35) are having to cope with worsening traffic congestion and air pollution.
— The Thaiger

Seven people injured, including driver, when sedan crashes into busy evening market in Chonburi
Multiple people have sustained injuries after a sedan slammed into a busy evening market in Panthong District yesterday, July 30th, 2019, around 7:00 PM.
— The Pattaya News

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots 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.

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