Thailand morning news for August 14

Thailand morning news for August 14

Thailand morning news

FDI Applications More Than Doubled in First Half of 2019, Thailand BOI says
The total value of applications received by the Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) from foreign investors more than doubled to 147.2 billion baht (around USD4.8 billion) in the first half of 2019, as compared to the corresponding period last year, according to data from the BOI.
— PRNewswire (media release)

Thailand to return 700 human-trafficking victims
Thailand’s government will send back to Myanmar some 700 victims of human trafficking who have been held in rehabilitation shelters after an identification process, Myanmar and Thai government officials said on Thursday.
— Myanmar Times

Commerce Ministry and private sector to expedite exports
The Thai Chamber of Commerce has expressed its readiness to work with the Commerce Ministry to increase the value of trade, in the wake of the ongoing trade dispute between the world’s largest economies.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand tightens the screws on TM30 reporting, petition ongoing
Nearly 5,000 Thai expats have now signed a petition pleading for modification or abolition of the TM30 immigration form. The well-organised petition calling for changes to the form is an unusual step for expats who, most of the time, keep their head down and out of the daily operations of the Land of Smiles.
— The Thaiger

THAI calls for official review of ‘open skies’
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) has called on the government to review the international “open skies” policy, which it claims favours certain countries.
— Bangkok Post

Two RTAF planes on standby to evacuate Thais from Hong Kong
The Royal Thai Air Force has put two planes and officials on standby in case they are needed to evacuate Thai citizensstranded in Hong Kong. RTAF spokesman Air Marshal Pongsak Semachai said today.
— Thai PBS News

Laos needs more exports for freight train to Thailand
The newly launched cross-border freight train service between Laos and Thailand requires more cargo shipments from Laos to reduce an imbalance of trade.
— Xinhuanet

Thai University Opens ‘Ganja Studies Department’
Things have moved slowly in authoritarian Thailand since passage of a medical marijuana law last year.
— CannabisNow

Bank of Thailand frets over financial stability
Thailand’s central bank is still concerned about financial stability after last week’s interest rate cut, its governor said on Tuesday, adding that the government’s new joint policy committee will have no impact on the central bank’s monetary decisions.
— Bangkok Post

Opposition ups pressure on Prayut
The Pheu Thai-led opposition bloc will on Wednesday grill Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha over his oath-taking gaffe in the House of Representatives.
— Bangkok Post

Business sentiment to 18-month low
Business sentiment hit its lowest rate in 18 months in July, attributed to the mounting trade row between the US and China, falling exports and relatively low farm prices.
— Bangkok Post

Nine smaller parties vow to stick with the government
Nine smaller parties in the government coalition, which earlier threatened to break away to form an independent opposition bloc, have changed tack and vowed to continue their support for the government.
— Thai PBS News

Court denies US extradition in warship fuel fraud case
The Criminal Court has refused a request to extradite a Thai woman charged with colluding in fraud in the sale of fuel to a visiting US warship in 2011.
— Bangkok Post

Trade spat, exports push sentiment to 18-month low
Business sentiment hit its lowest rate in 18 months in July, attributed to the mounting trade row between the US and China, falling exports and relatively low farm prices.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry of Public Health monitors disease outbreaks during rainy season
The Department of Disease Control (DDC) is monitoring disease outbreaks during the rainy season, especially in the flooded areas.
— NBT World (video)

Hong Kong unrest hits Thai travel market
The bitter protests in Hong Kong are expected to have a significant impact on Thailand’s travel industry, with a number of outbound trip cancellations in recent weeks.
— Bangkok Post

Executives merger between Thanachart Bank TMB will not end in layoffs
Executives of Thanachart Bank and Thai Military Bank (TMB) have ensured that the merger between the two banks will not result in layoffs of either bank’s employees.
— NBT World (video)

Cabinet appoints political officials
The Cabinet has approved the appointment of political officials of different ministries.
— NBT World (video)

Iot Institute to anchor Thailand Digital Valley
The IoT Institute will be an anchor tenant at the Digital Park Thailand that is now being constructed in the country’s Si Racha district in Chonburi, according to the Digital Economy Promotion Industry (DEPA).
— OpenGov

Tax perk aims to help SMEs join digital wave
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) plans to offer a 200% tax deduction for the purchase of smart devices, digital services, robotics and Internet of Things (IoT) devices by small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), in addition to software, starting next year.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Citizens Suffering from Cancer to Start Taking Country’s First Legal Doses of Medical Cannabis
If all goes as planned, Thai citizens suffering from cancer and a handful of other diseases and disorders could start taking the country’s first legal doses of medical cannabis within days.
— Newsgram

Bangkok governor hands out equipment for persons with disabilities
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has handed out equipment for persons with disabilities, elderly persons and those who have mobility challenges.
— NBT World (video)

5 foreign fraud suspects arrested
Five foreign criminal suspects involved in four separate cases, including crimes relating to fraud and identity theft, have reportedly been caught by the Immigration Bureau (IB).
— Bangkok Post

Grenade found in Thailand durian orchard
A grenade thought to be several decades old was found in a durian orchard on Trat’s border with Cambodia Monday evening, police said.
— Asia One

Online services, retailers probed over sales practices
A panel has been launched to scrutinise online booking services and retailers that might be violating competition laws, according to the Office of Trade Competition Commission (OTCC).
— Bangkok Post

Mongkolkit stands firm on ‘people’s MP’ position
The leader of the only microparty which pulled out of the coalition has insisted he will keep his word even as the executives of other small parties have been rewarded with executive positions in the government.
— Bangkok Post

Suriya promises to boost exports but keep hands off baht
The strong baht remains a problem for Thailand’s industries and exports, a key driver of the country’s growth, and more will be done to help exporters, the industry minister said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Post handouts ignore small parties
The cabinet on Tuesday handed 41 political posts to members of the ruling coalition but ignored the bloc’s small parties, one of which announced its withdrawal from the government.
— Bangkok Post

Eight underground wells drilled to provide water for Surin hospital
The Thai army has completed drilling two underground water wells and are drilling two more to supply water to the Surin provincial hospital, which is facing a water crisis due to lack of mains tap water.
— Thai PBS News

Exxon Mobil keen on B330bn Sri Racha project
US energy company Exxon Mobil is committed to spending roughly 330 billion baht on its ethylene cracker and refinery expansion project in Sri Racha district, Chon Buri province.
— Bangkok Post

Baby dwarf sperm whale rescued on August 4 dies
A baby dwarf sperm whale, which was rescued after it was found washed ashore on a beach in Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga on August 4th, died Monday night while being treated at Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC).
— Thai PBS News

Thai advertisers deserting Print, but love Cinema and Transit ads
Thai businesses are shunning newspapers and magazines for advertising, but still support cinema advertising and ‘transit’ media. Newspaper advertising spend dropped nearly 28%. Magazine spending wasn’t far behind dropping nearly 25%, year on year.
— The Thaiger

Thai buffet app Hungry Hub secures US$450K funding from Expara, 500 Startups
Thailand-based buffet app Hungry Hub announces that it has raised US$450,000 in funding from Expara and 500 Startups.
— e27

Smaller parties, except Thai Civilized, still with the government – Thammanat
All 13 smaller parties in the coalition government, with the exception of the Thai Civilized Party, are still with the government, said Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao today (Tuesday).
— Thai PBS News

AMLO warns about fake investment certificate
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) Acting Secretary General is warning that there has been a group creating fake English certificates, claiming that it comes from the AMLO and being sold to foreign companies.
— The Thaiger

Thai Airways Flight To Hong Kong Forced to Circle Back to Bangkok
A Thai Airways flight to Hong Kong was forced to return to Bangkok on Monday due to protests that shut down Hong Kong International Airport, although flights resumed Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Thai Law: Cannabis Sales Licenses Now Up for Grabs
Since mid-June, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has unobtrusively been accepting applications from government and private hospitals and clinics for cannabis sales licenses.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya bar owner arrested on human trafficking and prostitution charges
A bar owner in Pattaya has been arrested on Saturday whilst on the run from police trying to arrest her over a string of human-trafficking and prostitution charges.
— The Thaiger

The ‘Pink Baht’: LGBT Activists Push Brands to Go Beyond Rainbows
During Pride Month, multinational brands worldwide temporarily adorned their logos and products with rainbows in a showing of apparent solidarity with the LGBT community. Thai brands joined the marketing trend too: real-estate giant Sansiri dyed its logo rainbow, while independent ice-cream chain Guss Damn Good rolled out new flavors to mark the month.
— Khaosod English

Old, haunted Crown Property buildings to be rented out for commercialization
The Treasury Department is surveying about 200 old Crown Property buildings throughout the country, several of which are reputed to be haunted, for possible development for commercial purposes while retaining their architectural and aesthetic characteristics.
— Thai PBS News

Housing sales stumble after LTV rules
The Greater Bangkok housing market dropped by 13% in the first half after the Bank of Thailand’s new loan-to-value (LTV) limits took effect on April 1, according to SET-listed developer Pruksa Holding Plc (PSH).
— Bangkok Post

Ailing Thai Airways moves to cut costs, increase revenue
Loss-ridden Thai Airways International has announced steps to cut expenditure and increase revenue, in a bid to tackle its accumulated debt of 100 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

PPRP toils to keep minnows in coalition
The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) has decided to award a political position to a small coalition party bloc as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha prepares to hold clear-the-air talks with the group later this week following their threat to withdraw support for the government.
— Bangkok Post

Volunteering spirit activities held throughout the nation
Many provinces have conducted volunteer activities in honor of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit the Queen Mother, on the occasion of Her Majesty’s birthday on August 12.
— Pattaya Mail

Parts of Erawan Waterfall closed as tourists injured
The Erawan National Waterfall officials have closed off the tier 6 and 7 levels of the popular waterfall due to continuous rain up to the weekend which made the hiking trail extremely slippery.
— The Thaiger

Managers must be able to take data-driven decisions
Preparing the workforce for a data-driven future One of the most riveting changes that we have seen in the world of work is, perhaps, work itself.
— e27

Dugong Mariam can now eat and swim as her condition improves
Mariam’s condition is steadily improving after the baby dugong was treated with anti-biotics and food supplements to treat lung and blood infections, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said.
— Thai PBS News

 

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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.

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