Thailand morning news for August 28

Thailand morning news for August 28

Thailand morning newsOmbudsman calls Thai PM’s incomplete oath unconstitutional
Thailand’s ombudsman has ruled that the prime minister’s failure to recite a key sentence in his oath of office was unconstitutional, and will refer the matter to the Constitutional Court to rule on whether the government is legally installed.
— The Washington Post

Seoul Endorses Intelligence Pact With Bangkok After Ending Such Deal With Japan – Reports
The South Korean government on Tuesday approved the signing of a military intelligence-sharing pact with Thailand to boost bilateral defense cooperation after scrapping a similar agreement with Japan, media reported
— UrduPoint

Thailand’s July foreign tourist arrivals rise 4.7% y/y – ministry
Thailand saw a rise of 4.72% in July from a year earlier, after rising 0.89% in tourist arrivals in June, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Reuters

King Tells Prayuth to Abide by His Oath
His Majesty the King instructed Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha and his cabinet to hold true to their oath and solve the country’s problems earnestly.
— Khaosod English

Thai man claims he is 128 years old, shows Thai ID card as proof
A Thai man who claims he is 128 years old has revealed the secrets of his longevity to a reporter from khaosod.co.th this past weekend. His ID card identifies that he was born during the reign of King Rama V on April 9, 1891.
— The Pattaya News

CP’s Dhanin goes on ad blitz calling for end to Hong Kong unrest
A Thai billionaire was the latest to call for an end to the violence in Hong Kong with advertisements in local newspapers, joining local tycoons dealing with the economic fallout from the months-long unrest.
— Bangkok Post

PM admits he sought the King’s message for his cabinet
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha admitted today (Tuesday ) that he had sought permission from His Majesty the King for his message, delivered during the swearing-in ceremony on July 16th, to be provided in a written form for his cabinet.
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet approves 15.8 billion baht budget to tackle drought and flood
A meeting of the cabinet has given a greenlight on the appointment of civil servants in the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives and the Ministry of Justice, while approving a budget to tackle drought and flood.
— NBT World (video)

‘Climate Strike Thailand’ to call for gov’t to declare emergency
The one-two gut punch of dead, adorable sea creatures may be met with calls of action, but a young Thai climate crusader worries it won’t shock society into sustained action.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thai July factory output falls 3.23% y/y, slightly worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in July dropped 3.23% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, petroleum and steel, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.
— Reuters

Investors have set their eyes on Thailand as the trade war deepens, says CEO
Investors have set their eyes on “seriously looking at Thailand ” as the U.S.-China trade war ramps up, according to the president and CEO of U.S.-ASEAN Business Council, Alexander Feldman.
— CNBC

Has the minimum wage outlived its usefulness?
The minimum wage was introduced to Thailand in the mid 1970’s as a way to protect against basic labour being taken advantage of and provide a guaranteed minimum wage for all workers.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to implement ecommerce tax in 2020
Thailand is looking to introduce a value-added tax on electronic businesses in 2020 amid an ecommerce boom in the country, Reuters reported.
— Tech in Asia

PPP committee orders for review on two important projects
Director of the Office of the State Enterprise Policy Committee Prapas Kongied has disclosed that the Public-Private Partnership Committee (PPP) has suspended Baan Nong Hoi community housing project for elderly persons in Chiang Mai, which is being run by the National Housing Authority over 52 rai of land with an investment budget of 5.55 billion baht.
— NBT World (video)

DPM Prawit instructs DE in preparation for anti-fake news center establishment
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has indicated that the Ministry of Digital Economy and Society is preparing the basis for operating the soon-to-be-established center to tackle inaccurate news.
— NBT World (video)

Ministry investigating new B5bn mall
The Provincial Administration Department is investigating the legality of the construction of Central Village mall near Suvarnabhumi airport, which project owner Central Pattana insists is legitimate.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket home to more than 70,000 migrant workers
A total of 10,609 employers or other organisations in Phuket hire migrant workers from neighboring countries, the Chief of the Phuket Provincial Employment Office (PPEO) has confirmed.
— The Phuket News

Thai Ministries Team Up to Host ASEAN Smart Cities 2019 under “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability” Vision with 26 Pilot Smart Cities in ASEAN
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society (DE) collaborated with the Ministry of Energy, the Transport Ministry and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to host ASEAN Smart Cities Network: ASCN 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.
— Yahoo Finance

Business sector reports number of newly registered firms reaches 6,400
The government’s economic stimulus measures have raised the confidence of the business sector in the national economy and sparked an increase in the number of new firms to more than 6,400 last month.
— NBT World (video)

Ministers declare economic directions
A forum on the direction of the Thai economy under the new administration has been held by the Economic Reporters Association to discuss the monetary policies of the world’s major economies that may have effects on Thailand.
— NBT World (video)

Teerakiat faces ban after shares verdict
The Constitutional Court has ruled Teerakiat Jareonsettasin is guilty of a conflict of interest during his time as education minister under the previous government.
— Bangkok Post

PM stressed circular economy promoting at SD Symposium
The Prime Minister has assured the country that the government is willing to work with the private sector while promoting the circular economy, which is part of the new BCG economic models.
— NBT World (video)

JPPSCC accelerates restoring exports of Thai agricultural products
The Commerce Minister called a meeting of the Joint Public and Private Sector Consultative Committee (JPPSCC) to discuss the export situation.
— NBT World (video)

GISTDA organizes Thailand Space Week 2019
The Geo-Informatics and Space Technology Development Agency (GISTDA) is organizing Thailand Space Week 2019 from August 27th to 29th at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani exhibition center in Nonthaburi Province.
— NBT World (video)

PM Prayut, Cabinet members receive royal message
The Prime Minister has led cabinet members to attend a ceremony to receive a royal message and royal inscriptions from His Majesty the King. The inscriptions are auspicious symbols and reminders for them to perform their duties to the best of their ability.
— NBT World (video)

Prescription trial set for October
Patients suffering from non-communicable diseases (NCD) will be able to obtain prescription medicines from pharmacies close to their homes from Oct 1.
— Bangkok Post

Central Village ‘passes ICAO rules’
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has denied that Central Village, a luxury new outlet due to open near Suvarnabhumi airport on Saturday, risks violating International Aviation Organisation (ICAO) regulations.
— Bangkok Post

National icon MR Thanadsri dies aged 93
National Artist and highly esteemed culinary guru MR Thanadsri Svasti died yesterday at the age of 93.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Tech edge will lure Korean firms
South Korean businesses are increasingly entering promising Southeast Asian markets, but the number of Korean companies operating in Thailand is still far lower than that in Vietnam, for instance, where more than 3,000 Korean companies operate.
–The Korea Herald

Thailand Ministry of Energy set to host 2019 ASEAN Energy Business Forum
On 3-5 September 2019, Thailand, as ASEAN Chairman for 2019, and dmg events will host the ASEAN Energy Business Forum (AEBF) in conjunction with the 37th annual ASEAN Ministers on Energy Meeting (AMEM) at the The Athenee Hotel, Bangkok, Thailand.
— Yahoo Finance

How Thailand and Indonesia rank for women in fintech
As technology-led disruption continues and the financial industry seeks ways to keep up, fintech (financial technology) has become a fast-growing industry worldwide.
— Human Resources Online

Indonesia only bid from ASEAN as Thailand, Myanmar withdraw joint effort for FIFA U20 World Cup 2021
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) and Myanmar Football Federation (MFF) have withdrawn from their joint bid to host the FIFA U20 World Cup in 2021.
— FOX Sports

Chemicals, plastic makers to focus on curbing Southeast Asia plastic waste
A global alliance of plastic makers and consumer goods companies said on Tuesday (Aug 27) it would prioritise much of its US$1 billion fund to curb plastic waste in Southeast Asia.
— CNA

Ombudsmen to seek Constitutional Court ruling on PM’s oath issue
The Ombudsmen decided unanimously today (Tuesday) to ask the Constitutional Court to rule whether Prime Minister’s incomplete recital of the oath during the swearing-in ceremony on July 16th is unconstitutional.
— Thai PBS News

Baht to climb higher against USD, more pressure on exports
The Thai baht is set to soar further as one side effect of the latest escalation of the China-US trade war. Economists say the latest tit-for-tat trade sanctions will hasten foreign capital inflows into Thailand’s “safe haven” bond market while the US Federal Reserves may again cut interest rates, adding more fuel to the situation.
— The Thaiger

Thailand moves to expand durian market to middle-class China
Establish durian grower Sangmanee, based in Chumphon, Thailand, signed a strategic cooperation agreement with Zebra Prime, a leading Chinese membership-based e-commerce platform within the Zhejiang Ge Jia Network, on August 24.
— Fresh Plaza

Hot-money inflows tamed, BoT says
Measures recently launched by the Bank of Thailand to stem speculative capital inflows have reduced hot money in the system, says a senior central bank official.
— Bangkok Post

US to deliver armoured vehicles to Thailand next month
Thailand will receive a batch of US-made armoured vehicles next month, as ties between the two countries warm following the end of military rule in the Southeast Asian nation.
— Bangkok Post

Red light cameras start fining Bangkok drivers from September 1
Smile, you’re on the new red light camera. The new CCTV and software systems to catch red light runners and jumpers will be ready this Sunday, September 1.
— The Thaiger

July foreign tourist arrivals rise 4.7% y-o-y
Tourist arrivals rose 4.72% in July from a year earlier, after rising 0.89% in June, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Social Security Fund seeks to increase rates
The Social Security Fund (SSF) is preparing to propose the fund’s board of directors increase the fund’s contribution rates in preparation for members’ long-term compensation as the population ages.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Cabinet orders more manpower and check in counters at major Bangkok airports to lessen wait times
The Thai cabinet on Tuesday ordered more manpower and check-in counters at Don Mueang and Suvarnabhumi international airports starting next month Deputy government spokesperson Traisulee Traisoranakul said the move was in response to chronically crowded conditions at the airports as the number of tourists needing visas on arrival grows steadily.
— The Pattaya News

Thai farm grows other crops to disguise marijuana farm
“Officials believe that the other crops were simply grown to disguise the 700 marijuana plants.” Police are trying to locate an enterprising Bangkok businessman who grew 700 marijuana plants in his plantation in Nakhon Ratchasima, north-east Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Former auditor-general avoids jail time for misuse of funds
The Supreme Court has reduced and suspended the prison sentence given to former auditor-general Khunying Jaruvan Maintaka for misusing state funds by taking officials to a religious ceremony instead of attending a seminar in 2003.
— Bangkok Post

New rules to fine bad practices with tour guides and tour companies
The Tourism Department is hoping to fast-track the penalising of unregistered and illegal tour guides and the tour companies using them.
— The Thaiger

Interior Ministry probing legality of B5bn Central Village mall
The Provincial Administration Department is investigating the legality of the construction of Central Village mall near Suvarnabhumi airport, which project owner Central Pattana insists is legitimate.
— Bangkok Post

Thai architects not happy about plans to build second terminal at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi airport
Thai PBS World reports that The Association of Siamese Architects (ASA) will deliver a letter of protest to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha over the Airports of Thailand’s (AOT) plan to build a second terminal at Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi International Airport.
— The Thaiger

Hundreds rally for former Bangkok Christian College bosses
Present and former students of Bangkok Christian College joined parents and teachers on Tuesday in a rally to support their former school director and former manager, who are under investigation in relation to a new school project.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok Airways opens new lounges at Phuket Airport
Bangkok Airways has opened up its new passenger lounge at the Phuket International Airport domestic terminal, offering Bangkok Airways passengers somewhere to sit, relax and snack while waiting for their flights.
— The Thaiger

Khao San vendors protest BMA plan
A group of street vendors in Bangkok’s Khao San Road area has submitted a letter to the city governor in opposition to City Hall’s plan to clear stalls that occupy pavements in the popular tourist area.
— Bangkok Post

Teacher Denies Giving Urine-Infused Water to Students
A teacher was investigated Monday for allegedly prescribing urine-infused water to her students under the belief it would cure ailments.
— Khaosod English

Officials work to reopen blocked road in Kaeng Krachan national park
National park officials, aided by a tractor, have been trying to reopen the Ban Krang-Panoen Thung mountain road, which has been blocked by mudslides and fallen trees.
— Thai PBS News

 

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