Thailand morning news for July 29

Thailand morning news for July 29

Thailand morning newsMoody’s raises Thai rating outlook to positive
Moody’s Investors Service has raised the outlook on Thailand and its government from “stable” to “positive.”
— NBT World (video)

UTCC opposes 400-baht daily minimum wage
Thai and foreign chambers of commerce have voiced their disagreement with the proposed 400 baht minimum wage hike.
— NBT World (video)

Maths lags in innovation race
The government should put more effort into improving children’s mathematics skills to handle changes in the current world, an academic said, amid signs that the country is lagging regional competitors in innovation development.
— Bangkok Post

Thais across the country commemorate HM the King’s birthday
To commemorate His Majesty the King’s birthday today, celebrations have been held around the country.
— The Thaiger

Sign the petition to reform Thai Immigration and Article 37
The past year hasn’t been very good for expats living and working in the Kingdom of Thailand.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Premier assures policies can be implemented
Two days of policy debate have passed with opposition MPs taking turns to debate on a wide range of issues regarding the running of the country over the last five years.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand urged not to buy power from Lao dam
The Thai government must suspend plans to buy electricity from a dam in Lao, conservationists said Friday, as water levels along the kingdom’s section of Mekong river plummet to near-record lows.
— The Asean Post

Huobi becomes 5th licensed cryptocurrency exchange in Thailand upon receiving digital asset trading license
Thailand’s Ministry of Finance has officially granted Huobi a digital asset trading license, which makes Huobi the fifth licensed digital asset exchange in Thailand.
— The Online Citizen

77 more illegal Myanmar refugees repatriated from Thailand
A total of 77 more illegal Myanmar refugees have been brought back to homeland from Thailand, according to the Immigration and Population Department Sunday.
— China.org.cn

88 Garmonte forest resort served with demolition notice
The management of the forest resort, which was used as a seminar venue by the Palang Pracharat party last weekend, has been given 90 days to dismantle the building and other structures by the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation.
— Thai PBS News

Prayuth Ragequits Parliament, Cuts Senpai Ties With Sereepisut
In a spectacular display of fury, Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha vowed to no longer count an opposition leader as his senior classmate before storming out of Parliament Thursday night.
— Khaosod English

Super Poll report card on the first days of the new Thai Parliament
A Super Poll has published results of Thai’s thoughts on the first few days of the new Parliament.
— The Thaiger

Fist-fight challenge in parliament between Pheu Thai MP and senator
Senator Kittisak Rattanawaraha, who challenged Pheu Thai MP Yutthapong Charassathien in parliament to a fist-fight today (Friday), has admitted that he lost his cool because of Yutthapong’s non-stop bad-mouthing of other MPs.
— Thai PBS News

Xayaburi Dam owners say they’re not responsible for dry Mekong River
The Laotian Times CK Power, operators of the new Xayaburi Dam in Laos, are denying their dam tests (running from July 15 until tomorrow) are responsible for the low water flows in the Mekong River.
— The Thaiger

Thai Airways needs restructuring to survive
Store your tray table and buckle up. It’s going to be a bumpy ride at Thai Airways.
— The Thaiger

PM cut ties with Seripisut
“I have known you (Seripisut) for a long time. We were married on the same day and the weddings were royally sponsored. You were my senior, but today you are not because you never treat me with honor… Rude and arrogant, you should take a look on yourself.”
— Thai PBS News

Thailand wins 2 golds in Asian mountain bike race in Lebanon
Vipavee “Petch” Deekaballes, 28, has won a gold medal for Thailand in women’s individual 2.1 km downhill cycle racing with a time of 4.44.125 min, beating Sirapassorn Chardkamnerd, who won silver and Indonesia’s Tiara Andini Prastika who won bronze, in the 25th Asian Mountain Bike Continental Championship in Kfardebian city of Lebanon.
— Thai PBS News

Out of season rice could be stopped
Farmers in the Chao Phraya River basin might be told to skip non-seasonal rice plantation next year due to a scarce amount of water going to the four major dams supporting people in the Central region.
— Bangkok Post

Thai businesses oppose government’s Bt400 minimum wage plan
Thailand’s business associations oppose the government’s plan to increase the national minimum wage to Bt400 per day and have suggested that an entry wage should be established instead, said Mr. Poj Aramwattananont, Vice Chairman of the Board of Trade of Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s Last Gorilla Lives in Decrepit Zoo Atop a Mall
On the top floor of a decrepit mall in western Bangkok, the last gorilla in Thailand and her friends will live out their days, with rats and roaches as companions.
— Khaosod English

Charter Court judge assures everyone of the court’s impartiality
The Constitutional Court will exercise caution and only when necessary will it hold an individual in contempt, said Constitution Court Judge Panya Udchachon today (Sunday).
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s food delivery business up 14% in 2019
“Diners are increasingly ordering food online platforms, and eating out at restaurants less.”
— The Thaiger

ISOC improves fisherfolk livelihood in Pattani
The Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has reported a success in its campaign to provide assistance to a fishing community in Baan Panare village in the southern province of Pattani, which is part of the government’s policy to combat the issue of illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing.
— NBT World (video)

Sugary drink tax pushes innovation
Thailand’s beverage industry plans to become more innovative with products as the second phase of the excise tax on sugary drinks comes into force on Oct 1, 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Allow unions, says ILO chief
One hundred years ago, Thailand was one of the founder members of the International Labour Organisation (ILO), a UN agency with a mandate to set labour standards, develop policies and devise programmes promoting decent work for all women and men.
— Bangkok Post

Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr Hospital to increase cannabis oil production
Chaophraya Abhaibhubejhr (Apai-phu-bate) Hospital’s is planning to produce 8,000 additional bottles of cannabis oil, following the success of the trial run of the extract with patients with Parkinson’s disease in the establishment’s medical marijuana clinic.
— NBT World (video)

Trang Airport to get handling capacity boost
Trang Airport is being expanded to increase its handling capacity as more tourists are visiting the coastal Andaman province, according to Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam.
— Bangkok Post

Durian drives southern economy with new Chinese 700 million baht factory
A Chinese company has invested 700 million baht to establish a durian processing factory in Songkhla’s Thepha district.
— The Thaiger

Education Ministry to push for coding as third language for Thai students
Thailand’s Ministry of Education will push for the inclusion of a third ‘language’, coding (computer programming language), in the curricula of Thai students, from kindergarten level if possible, said Deputy Education Minister Kalaya Sophonpanich on Friday.
— Thai PBS News

General public, civil servants take part in activities to mark HM the King’s birthday
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha, led his cabinet ministers and members of the public to take part in an alms-offering ceremony and pledge their commitment to the advancement of the country, on the occasion of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua’s 67th birthday on Sunday (July 28).
— Pattaya Mail

Prayuth’s Meltdown and the Semi-Democratic Transition
Parliament’s two-day debate on the new government’s core policies was a test of ex-dictator Gen. Prayuth Chan-ocha’s commitment to a semi-democratic transition.
— Khaosod English

The opposition demands Seripisut be allowed to continue in the debate
Seven opposition parties have agreed to demand that parliament president Chuan Leekpai reconsider his decision not to allow Seri Ruam Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet to continue his role in the policy debate parliament.
— Thai PBS News

Quick Tips on how to take the MRT to Chinatown and the Grand Palace
Starting from the end of July, you will be able to ride the MRT underground train to Chinatown, the Grand Palace and under the Chaophraya River to Thonburi.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Expat group petitions Thai immigration to abolish TM30 form
A group of expats, representing foreigners living in Thailand for many years, has prepared a petition for affected expats to sign, before they present it to Thai Immigration and government officials.
— The Thaiger

Search continues for Thai who vanished in Moscow
Russian authorities are still searching for Uthai Wenbap, a 36-year-old Thai cook who went missing in Russia while returning to Bangkok from working in Budapest, the Thai embassy in Moscow said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Eyes on Korea, US, Japan meeting in Thailand this week as trade dispute escalates
The foreign ministers of South Korea, the United States and Japan are expected to jointly discuss ways to resolve a trade row between Seoul and Tokyo when they come to the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF) in Thailand this week.
— The Korea Times

Opinion poll gives thumbs up to FFP
Three Future Forward Party (FFP) MPs emerged as key players to watch following last week’s parliamentary debate on the government policy statement, according to an opinion poll.
— Bangkok Post

PMI tries lobbying against e-cigarette ban
Phillip Morris International (PMI), the manufacturer of Marlboro cigarettes, is actively lobbying the Thai government to reverse a ban on smoking alternatives like e-cigarettes and “heat not burn” tobacco products.
— Bangkok Post

Dams discharge less water after more rain
The Department of Royal Irrigation has reduced the water discharge from four major dams along the Chao Phraya River Basin, as many areas of Thailand have received more rain.
— NBT World (video)

PRD officials pledge honest service to honor King
Officials from the Public Relations Department (PRD) pledge to be good public servants to mark the auspicious occasion of His Majesty the King’s birthday.
— NBT World (video)

Turkey eyes to sign free trade agreement with Thailand
Turkey aims to sign a free trade agreement with Thailand, said the country’s foreign minister on Sunday as part of the 52nd Foreign Ministers’ Meeting of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
— Anadolu Agency

Japan’s Line expands Thai operations with e-grocery venture
Japanese chat app operator Line will launch an online grocery service in Thailand by the end of the year, the latest move to expand its on-demand services in the Southeast Asian country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Four most marvelous MRT stations in Bangkok
There will be 11 new MRT stations in Bangkok, and 4 of them are very special.
— Thai PBS News

Lights, camera, blog. TAT reaches out to online millennials.
Where in the World is Nina? With pressure on tourism authorities to come up with new ways to lure tourists to the Land Of Smiles and rebrand the tired ‘Amazing Thailand’ promotion, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) have come up with the ‘Thailand Village Academy’.
— The Thaiger

Tourism Authority of Thailand looks at drought impact
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to conduct a study on the impact of severe drought on the tourism industry as many parts of the country are likely to endure a prolonged shortage of rain this year.
— Bangkok Post

Leading Pattaya hotelier says luxury tourism is on the rise in the city as regular tourism falls
A leading Pattaya hotelier has stated today to Siam Rath news that despite the doom and gloom from many in the city regarding tourism and many businesses having a race to the bottom in regards to having the cheapest prices that businesses, resorts, hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs focused on luxury and premium customers were […]
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya police investigating claims of fake Police extorting money over E-cigarettes
Pattaya Police are investigating after a Thai man has reported that men who claimed they were police have extorted money from him over having E-cigarettes.
— The Pattaya News

Theft suspect tries to hang herself with bra in cell
A woman arrested for stealing 10,000 baht and a one baht-weight gold necklace from an elderly woman in Na Pho district tried to use her bra to hang herself in a police detention cell, but was saved by a police officer on duty on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

 

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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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