Thailand morning news for June 25

Thailand morning news for June 25

Thailand morning news

PM urges Bangkok flood mitigation
The Prime Minister has urged related agencies to find ways to mitigate flooding in Bangkok, and help alleviate public inconvenience.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand aims to become electricity hub of ASEAN
Thailand on Monday has made it clear that it aims to become the electricity hub in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region.
— Xinhuanet

Suvarnabhumi’s ‘fast track’ scam exposed – AoT crackdown on Thailand’s biggest airport
After allegations of massive fraud in the use of Thailand’s largest airport’s Premium Lanes at immigration, Airports of Thailand (AoT) are cracking down on the use of the so-called ‘fast lanes’ and the hawkers profiting from the reselling of the service.
— The Thaiger

Central bank seen holding key rate despite flagging growth
Thailand’s central bank is expected to keep its benchmark policy rate steady on Wednesday for a fourth straight meeting, a Reuters poll showed, despite slowing growth and the way many Asian central banks have shifted toward easing policy.
— Bangkok Post

Agriculture Ministry’s survey: Farmers earn more income
The Permanent Secretary for Agriculture and Cooperatives, Anan Suwannarat, said a survey conducted by the Office of Agricultural Economics found that farming households earned an annual income of 197,373 baht in 2018, up by 22.64% year-on-year.
— Pattaya Mail

Phang Nga governor declares flood disaster zones in Thailand’s south
The Phang Nga provincial administration has declared five flooded districts in the province as disaster zones to speed up assistance to affected residents.
— The Thaiger

Thai Rice Nutrition Improves People’s Health
The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand has introduced a project called “Think RICE, Think THAILAND” to encourage international community to pay attention to consumer health and to raise awareness on the national crop by providing a wider range of knowledge, ranging from national agricultural history, standards and Thai rice quality.
— AEC News Today / PR Newswire (media release)

Thailand Today 095: Water management in rainy season 2019
During the rainy season this year, many agencies have accelerated determining water management measures, preparing a flood prevention and mitigation plan to cope with the rainy season.
— NBT World (video)

PM Prayut urges ASEAN to focus on connectivity at IMT-GT
The 12th Indonesia-Malaysia-Thailand Growth Triangle (IMT-GT) Leaders’ Summit was held in Bangkok on Sunday (June 23), with the Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, calling on the ASEAN member states to enhance connectivity in all respects and work together to better adapt themselves to global changes.
— NNT

Thailand Immigration Controls: getting tough with guests
Many foreigners were shocked by the 25 March 2019 enforcement of the TM30 regulations requiring reporting of location of stay of foreigners visiting, living or working in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

New ‘no smoking law’ is not banning smoking in homes – Thai health official
Health official Lertpanya Buranabanthit has been forced to clarify the situation about the so called ‘ban’ on smoking in Thai homes reported over the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to host Bangkok ASEAN Film Festival 2019
Culture Minister Weera Rojphotjanarat said her ASEAN counterparts have resolved at their eighth meeting in Yokyakarta, Indonesia to designate the year 2019 as ASEAN Cultural Year.
— Pattaya Mail

PM urges CLMVT to strengthen regional economy
Thailand’s Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, today attended the opening of the CLMVT Forum 2019, and urged its member countries to push for the development of the CLMVT Regional Value Chain, so that they can have more bargaining power and improve the well-being of their citizens.
— NNT

AoT awaits approval for B200bn expansion
Airports of Thailand Plc will seek approval from the new government for planned developments costed at 200 billion baht, AoT president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Civil groups file bill to kill NCPO orders
A network of civic groups led by Internet Dialogue on Law Reform (iLaw) on Monday submitted to the House Speaker a draft bill seeking the repeal of 35 National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) orders and announcements.
— Bangkok Post

PM urges modernisation push for region to stay competitive
Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand must embrace innovation or else risk losing their competitive edge, Thai Prime Minister, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday told a sub-regional economic forum.
— Bangkok Post

How has ONWR prepared and planned for water management in rainy season 2019?
During the rainy season this year, many agencies have accelerated determining water management measures, preparing a flood prevention and mitigation plan to cope with the rainy season.
— NBT World (video)

Thai tourism still wounded
Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of the fatal tour boat accident in Phuket, and Thai tourism is still paying the price from the incident.
— Bangkok Post

GLO sets up panel to reform lottery
A new panel set up by the Government Lottery Office’s (GLO) board has been ordered to explore and come up with a proposal for new kinds of lottery tickets within 30 days.
— Bangkok Post

With Prayut at helm, Asean being blown off course
First major meeting under Thailand’s chairmanship revealed icebergs ahead for regional bloc
— The Nation

Thailand Post issues ASEAN stamp collection
Marking Thailand’s ASEAN Chairmanship, the Government Public Relations Department (PRD) has joined hands with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Royal Photographic Society of Thailand to create the “Pride of ASEAN” stamp collection, depicting the cultures and lifestyles of all 10 ASEAN member states across 20 stamps.
— Vietnamplus

Chiang Rai marks 1st anniversary of Tham Luang cave rescue
Chiang Rai province organized the Tham Luang Cave Day Bike & Run 2019 to mark the first anniversary of the Tham Luang rescue operation and raise funds for the Tham Luang Khun Nam Nang Non Development Fund.
— NBT World (video)

Ocean waste situation in Thailand’s gulf
The 34th ASEAN Summit on Sunday adopted the Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris. In Thailand, economic growth comes at a price and that price is ocean waste.
— NBT World (video)

PM Prayut holds bilateral talks with three ASEAN leaders
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha held bilateral talks with his counterparts from Indonesia, Myanmar and Vietnam at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok.
— NBT World (video)

Thai bank launches new AI supply chain system
Thailand’s fifth-largest bank continues to revolutionise Thailand’s financial sector with the introduction of its Supply Chain on Blockchain innovation, according to a recent report.
— Open Gov

TOT-CAT merger on course
The government has rolled out plans to merge TOT Plc and CAT Telecom into a single entity, National Telecom Co (NT), in November and begin operations by the end of the year, says the digital economy and society (DE) minister.
— Bangkok Post

Politicos Seize Revolt Anniversary to Call for Charter Amendment
Opposition politicians on Monday mark the 87th year since the birth of Thai democracy by calling for charter amendments aimed to rid the junta of its influence.
— Khaosod English

Thai BMW PHEV battery production starts next month
BMW plug-in hybrid vehicles assembled in Thailand will soon get PHEV batteries from a local source. The premium carmaker’s supplier Draexlmaier will start high-voltage battery production in July, in a Rayong factory that’s just 14 km away from BMW’s Amata City Industrial Estate plant, the Bangkok Post reports.
— Paul Tan

Paris court to hear case over 2007 Phuket plane crash
Filed by the families of the nine French victims along with one survivor, the civil suit says the crash was an “accident waiting to happen”.
— The Phuket News

FDA defends weed ad rules
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) defended its draft regulations on the licencing and advertising of marijuana-based medications, saying that the regulations were not designed to benefit large, foreign pharmaceutical companies.
— Bangkok Post

Government Lottery Office plans to offer 100 million baht Jackpot
The Government Lottery Office is proposing both two and three-digit lotteries with a 100 million baht jackpot. It wants the new government to take the suggestion into consideration.
— NNT

Bhumjaithai to weigh aid for taxi drivers
Bhumjaithai, a coalition party championing the sharing economy, has agreed to consider compensation for some 100,000 Bangkok taxi drivers to be affected by its ride-sharing legalisation policy, according to the leader of the taxi drivers in the capital.
— Bangkok Post

Corporate world shows sustainable way
While tourism remains the bedrock of Thailand’s and much of Asean’s economy, environmental degradation threatens the industry, most notably with the shutdown of Maya Bay until 2021 for restoration efforts.
— Bangkok Post

Electricity outage scheduled in Chalong
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Chalong on Tuesday (June 25) as work is carried out on high voltage cables.
— The Phuket News

Work halted at crane fall site
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has ordered construction to be halted at a 20-storey hotel until March next year after a crane at the site collapsed last Wednesday, injuring 10 schoolgirls at the adjacent Assumption Convent School.
— Bangkok Post

WHA tech projects seek to foster regional investment
SET-listed WHA Corporation Plc is planning to develop two new projects, a science park and a high-tech industrial estate, in a bid to link trade and investment from Thailand with counterparts in other Southeast Asian nations.
— Bangkok Post

Selling Hope: Refugees Building Small Businesses, New Lives in Thailand
Bags embroidered with Mhong motifs, notebooks painted with henna patterns, table runners made from Pakistani fabrics.
— Khaosod English

PTT to expand retail, power sectors amid slower growth
Thailand’s state energy firm PTT Plc has stepped up investments in the retail and industrial power sectors to buffer the impact of a global economic slowdown on its oil refining and chemical businesses, its chief executive said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Cave boys mark year since ordeal with Buddhist rites
The 12 young Thai football players and their coach who grabbed global attention last year when they were trapped in a flooded cave for more than two weeks marked the anniversary of their ordeal with a religious ceremony on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai’s red bus drivers plan mass protest against Grab
The war to dominate Chiang Mai’s local public transport sector is hotting up with the drivers of the city’s Rot Daeng vans (red song taews) planning a mass protest against the growing popularity of the Grab Taxis.
— The Thaiger

Weather warning for Thailand’s southern provinces
Thailand’s wet-season is forecast to be ‘wet’ in the south for the next few days. The Thai Meteorological Department has issued its 3rd consecutive weather warning in the past 24 hours to alert residents of heavy rain in the Southern provinces, strong winds and high seas.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s IRPC to start selling 0.5% sulfur fuel oil cargo from July
Thailand’s oil and petrochemical company IRPC Public Co. Ltd. plans to start selling low sulfur fuel oil cargo with maximum sulfur of 0.5% from its Rayong refinery from next month, company sources said Monday.
— SP Global

Singha eyes more condos with partner
SET-listed property firm Singha Estate Plc is set to have a second joint venture with Hongkong Land Ltd in luxury condo development, eyeing a launch next year.
— Bangkok Post

Riceberry Rice – A Healthful Game Changer from Thailand
Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand has introduced a project called “Think RICE, Think THAILAND ” to encourage international community to pay attention to consumer health and to raise awareness on the national crop by providing a wider range of knowledge, ranging from national agricultural history, standards and Thai rice quality.
— Yahoo News

Time runs out for Thanathorn
The Constitutional Court on Monday threw out a request by Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit to extend the deadline to submit his defence against a media-shareholding charge by 15 days.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Air Asia pulling the plug on its Chiang Rai-Singapore service?
The Thai AirAsia’s direct flight between Chiang Rai and Singapore is unlikely to survive.
— The Thaiger

Truck carrying 30,000 bottles of beer rolls over
A 22 wheeler truck has flipped on its side in Chachoengsao, east of Bangkok. The truck was carrying 30,240 bottles of a famous brand of Thai beer.
— The Thaiger

Durian feast off the beaten track
“KANYAO durians may be the most famous in Thailand but our local Monthong variety is equally good in terms of taste, texture and aroma,” quips Phloensak Phromsook, bringing his Vietnam War-era Willys jeep to a gradual halt on a grassy patch by the roadside.
— New Straits Times

Airbus extends helicopter support in Thailand
Airbus Helicopters and Thai Aviation Industries (TAI) – a state-owned specialist in aerospace maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) – have signed an agreement to extend after-sales support for military and commercial rotary-wing customers in Thailand.
— Jane’s 360

Thailand’s airport-linking high-speed rail project to be signed next month
The construction of Thailand’s airport-linking, high-speed rail project is scheduled to be signed next month, a government official said on Monday.
— Xin Hua

Thai tourism still wounded
Next week will mark the one-year anniversary of the fatal tour boat accident in Phuket, and Thai tourism is still paying the price from the incident.
— Bangkok Post

Taxis Who Reject Passengers Will Face Larger Fines
Bangkokians rejoice! Cabbies who refuse passengers will be subject to heavier fines under a new legal amendment, officials said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Three suspects arrested with over 500 kilograms of kratom in Kathu, Phuket
Police have arrested three suspects with a total of 502 kilograms of kratom in Kathu, central Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Arrested drug dealer urges police to send apologies to stiffed customers
An alleged drug dealer arrested at a Sattahip police checkpoint pleaded with officers to notify his customers and apologize about the deliveries he’ll be unable to make.
— Pattaya Mail

Music club raises funds for wheelchairs
A Pattaya music club hosted a party to raise money for wheelchairs for seniors and bedridden patients.
— Pattaya Mail

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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.

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.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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