Thailand morning news for December 10

Thailand morning news for December 10

Thailand morning news

Prayut firm on stamping out corruption
The government on Monday marked International Anti-Corruption Day by pledging to revamp the country’s legal mechanisms to improve the efficiency of counter-corruption work.
— Bangkok Post

K-Research: 100,000 jobs gone in 2019
Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research) predicts at least 100,000 job losses this year and another 30,000 next year, dampened by an export slump, tepid economic growth and drought.
— Bangkok Post

Excessive PM2.5 particulate found in ten areas of Bangkok and suburbs
Air quality in Bangkok and two neighbouring provinces has been fallen below standard, with the amount of PM2.5 dust particles exceeding 50 microns, the Pollution Control Department reported today.
— Thai PBS News

Thai GDP growth in 2019 is revised down from 2.8 to 2.5 percent: Kasikorn Research.
Kasikorn Research Center revises down Thailand’s economic growth this year to 2.5 percent from the initial projection of 2.8 percent and projects the next year’s growth at 2.7 percent.
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t MP Can’t be Arrested Because Warrant Hasn’t Arrived
A pro-government lawmaker was allowed to continue working at the Parliament on Monday despite a court order to have him arrested nearly a week ago.
— Khaosod English

5% salary hike forecast for 2020
Salary growth of 5% is forecast in Thailand in 2020, slightly below the 5.3% average for all of Asia, according to a study by the organisational consulting firm Korn Ferry.
— Bangkok Post

FDIs in first 11 months rise 106% year-on-year
Though the number of foreigners given work permits in Thailand under the Foreign Employment Act of B.E. 2542 has dropped by 23%, the total value of foreign investment from January to November 2019 amounted to 22.15 billion baht, accounting for a 106% increase year on year.
— Newsline (video)

Rusisan tourist arrivals hit 1mn, overall arrivals reach 32.51mn
Once again Russia became the first non-Asia tourist market to record 1mn visits to Thailand. Australia, the US and European countries are yet to make it.
— The Phuket News

Lao Migrant Goes Missing, Friends Suspect Government Abduction
A Lao migrant who had been living in Thailand lost contact with his friends and relatives after visiting family in Laos last month, leading his contacts to suspect that Lao authorities might have abducted him over his involvement in a pro-democracy protest at the Lao embassy in Bangkok.
— RFA

Thai tourism celebrates 2 million inbound tourists from Laos
The Thai state tourism body on Monday announced its achievement of targeting 2 million inbound tourists from Laos.
— Xinhuanet

List-MP Pirapan abruptly quits Democrat Party
Pirapan Salirathavibhaga resigned from the Democrat Party on Monday – a

decision that also terminated his status as a party-list MP.
— Bangkok Post

Thai cops’ high suicide rates prompt reforms
SHOCKING statistics have revealed a high rate of suicide among the police in Thailand.
— New Straits Times

Myanmar villagers worry as Thai coal mine begins operation
Villagers in Mong Hsat township in Myanmar’s eastern Shan State are having sleepless nights as large-scale coal mining operation begins in their area.
— Myanmar Times

Satun, Malaysia announce anti-corruption cooperation
Satun Vice Governor Sakda Witthayasirikul has presided over the unveiling ceremony of the Bersama Memerangi Radish Anti-Corruption Together campaign, at Wang Prachan border crossing, Khuan Don district, Satun province.
— NNT

How Thailand United Against Gender Discrimination This Year
In 1979 the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly and ratified by almost 200 countries.
— Thailand Tatler

The chicken poop prison of Thailand: a story of unimaginable brutality
Many of you must not be aware of this method of torture, for it took brutality to the next level. If you thought chickens were harmless, cute creatures, you were right.
— Times Travel

Thailand supports SMEs to expand overseas
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Bank of Thailand (BoT) have agreed to launch new measures for Thai small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to encourage them to expand overseas.
— Vietnamplus

Thais to train officials to run transit centre
A Social Affairs Ministry official on Friday said the Thai government will help train Cambodian staffers working for a transit centre in Banteay Meanchey province’s Poipet city specialised in facilitating the return of human trafficking victims.
— Khmer Times

Government May Soon Levy Anti-Dumping Duty on Radial Tyres from Thailand
The Commerce Ministry has launched an investigation into imports of radial tyres from Thailand to decide on the imposition of anti-dumping duty on the product to discourage below-cost shipments.
— News18

Thai banks’ outlook upbeat
Thailand and Vietnam are the only two countries among nine emerging markets in Asia-Pacific where the rating outlook for banks is positive, according to a new report by Fitch Ratings.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand works to attract more Vietnamese tourists
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to tap second-tier cities and provinces in Vietnam to bring in more first-time visitors to the country.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand Post rolls out EV fleet for use in Bangkok
Thailand’s commitment to electric vehicles goes beyond just passenger vehicles, as its state-owned postal service (Thailand Post) is also looking to reduce its carbon footprint and air pollution.
— Paultan.org

US order demand Soaring, Talesun’s capacity in Thailand accelerated to 2 GW
In order to meet the U.S. order demand surge, Talesun Solar Thailand production base successfully completed the 1.5 GW capacity upgrade in November 2019.
— PV magazine

SRT sets rail bids timetable
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will call bids for rail construction projects worth more than 200 billion baht, including high-speed train and double-track rail projects, next year.
— Bangkok Post

BAAC, agencies partner to upgrade smart farms
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has ordered the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) to team up with the Industrial Promotion Department and the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) to develop and upgrade smart farmers and community tourism, part of ongoing efforts to address poverty in the rural sector, covering as many as 30 million people.
— Bangkok Post

Chid Lom cable tunnel construction 69% complete
Electricity demand is on the rise in Bangkok due to the expansion of large businesses.
— Newsline (video)

TCG raises SME loan guarantee goal
State-owned Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG) wants to extend 100 billion baht in loan guarantees for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in 2020, up about 10% from this year.
— Bangkok Post

Education needs change
The reaction of policymakers to the results of the international 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa) examinations has shown that it is not only the Thai education system that needs change.
— Bangkok Post

AIA Thailand Hails The Success Of AIA Centennial Run
AIA Thailand celebrated the 100th anniversary of AIA Group by organising “AIA Centennial Run”, a great walk-run event for health and charity to emphasise the commitment to “Healthier, Longer, Better Lives”.
— Bangkok Post

State banks enticing homebuyers
Buying a home is the biggest purchase of most people’s lives, and a mortgage the largest debt most will bear.
— Bangkok Post

The evolution of farang food in Thailand
Western dishes, or the so-called aharn farang, are an inseparable part of Thai lifestyles nowadays.
— The Phuket News

SSFs to register lower inflow
The amount invested in the recently approved Super Savings Funds (SSFs) could dwindle by half from the annual sums invested in long-term equity funds (LTFs) because of the significant reduction in tax privileges, says a capital market executive.
— Bangkok Post

Rustling up deals with 16 countries
Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit has declared he will act as the country’s salesperson, planning to team up with the private sector on trade missions in 16 countries and forge regional trade and cooperation agreements with local governments in China and India to boost export growth in 2020.
— Bangkok Post

EC to rule on FFP loan controversy
The Election Commission (EC) will decide on the legality of a loan worth over 100 million baht extended by Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to his own party on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Cold snap claims three lives
Three people died over the weekend after their pre-existing medical conditions were aggravated by the cold snap which caused temperatures to plunge across the Central Plains and the East.
— Bangkok Post

Thai juggernaut wrests second spot
Thailand took a massive leap on Monday, scooping a host of gold medals at the 30th SEA Games in the Philippines.
— Bangkok Post

Rough seas challenge search for Polish man, Thai woman
High waves have obstructed the search for a Polish tourist and a Thai woman who went missing while kayaking off a beach on this resort island.
— Bangkok Post

Breast cancer patients to get access to two additional drugs under universal health program
From December 16th, cancer patients will have direct access to two additional cancer treatment drugs under Thailand’s universal health scheme, avoiding the current pay first, refund later scheme.
— Thai PBS News

Council of State to be consulted on Ms. Pareena’s Sor Por Kor land case
The Royal Forest Department will seek advice from the Council of State on dealing with Palang Pracharat MP Pareena Kraikupt’s 109 hectares of Sor Por Kor land, because the department and the Agricultural Land Reform Office are unable to agree upon which of them should initiate legal action against the MP for alleged encroachment.
— Thai PBS News

FTI, BoT support SMEs’ overseas ambitions
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) and the Bank of Thailand have agreed to launch new measures for Thai small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) to encourage them to expand overseas.
— Bangkok Post

Delayed high season for Phuket hotels
The high season for hoteliers in Phuket will come late this year as rooms are not being snapped up until after Christmas.
— Bangkok Post

Airports boss unveils B5.8bn plans
The Department of Airports (DoA) is gearing up to spend 5.8 billion baht upgrading airports across the country next year under the new leadership of acting director-general Thawi Kesi-samang.
— Bangkok Post

Line bemoans looming talent shortage
Thailand needs to attract talent and skilled Thais living abroad to drive local startups and draw funding, as investment in startups here continues to trail activity in Indonesia and Vietnam, says Line Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Cops Cancel Presser on ‘Run Against Dictatorship,’ Activists Say
Organizers of a sports event billed as a rally against PM Prayuth Chan-ocha said Monday their news conference on the activity was forced to cancel by the police.
— Khaosod English

Highway speed limit to rise to 120km/h
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob says he will increase speed limit to 120 kilometres per hour on sections of selected highways as surveys show most people support it.
— Bangkok Post

Tesco shares jump on possible sale of Thai business
Shares in Tesco jumped nearly 6% at one point on Monday after Britain’s biggest retailer said it was considering a sale of its remaining Asian businesses, in Thailand and Malaysia, which analysts valued at up to $9 billion.
— Bangkok Post

Thai shares slump for ninth straight day
Most Southeast Asian markets weakened on Monday, as worries over poor economic data from China offset Wall Street cheer on strong US jobs data, while investors buckled in for a crucial week of trade negotiations.
— Bangkok Post

Thai army takes delivery of Chinese battle tanks
Thailand’s Army has taken delivery of Chinese tanks and armoured personnel carriers, just three months after receiving armoured infantry vehicles from the US.
— The Thaiger

Thailand tipped to become Chinese cruise hotspot
The world’s biggest cruise-ports operator is looking to expand in Southeast Asia, a budding hotspot for Chinese voyagers that could eventually rival the Caribbean and Mediterranean.
— Bangkok Post

Thailands transportation head states that Grab is welcome, law likely to be officially changed next year
The head of Thailand’s Department of Land Transport said that public consultation over ride and cab hailing application service Grab had met with a positive response.
— The Pattaya News

Scores flock to first day of army recruitment drive
Scores of reservists turned up to apply to be officers on Monday under an extended temporary contract on the first day of the army’s recruitment push, which will run until Jan 19.
— Bangkok Post

Phiraphan quits Democrat party after 30 years
Democrat MP Phiraphan Saleeratthavipark, after almost 30 years with the party, quit today, saying he never thought this day would come.
— Thai PBS News

No pain, no fame: Thai massage could get UNESCO status
At Bangkok’s Reclining Buddha temple Krairath Chantrasri says he is a proud custodian of a 2,000-year-old skill – the body-folding, sharp-elbowed techniques of Thai massage, which this week could be added to UNESCO’s prestigious heritage list.
— CNA

Pattaya officials shamed into beefing up tourist security after German TV report
Pattaya officials are stepping up tourist safety measures after a German TV program reported widespread scams in the popular Thai ‘sin city’.
— The Thaiger

 

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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.

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