Thailand morning news for November 13

Thailand morning news for November 13

Thailand morning news

Four suspects, including former National Park Chief, in custody in investigation of murder of Rights activist in Thailand
Former Kaeng Krachan national park chief Chaiwat Limlikhit-akson and the three fellow suspects have been detained after four hours of questioning by the Department of Special Investigation (DSI), during which they denied all the charges filed against them.
— The Pattaya News

Sugarcane and sugar businesses to propose pushing back 3 chemicals in farming ban
From 1st December onward, Paraquat, Chlorpyrifos, and Glyphosate will be banned according to the resolution of the hazardous material committee.
— NNT

Govt backs ‘No Plastic’ push
The cabinet has given the greenlight to a No Plastic campaign which will start on Jan 1 next year ahead of a ban on single-use plastic bags in 2021.
— Bangkok Post

DSI insists Billy was never released following his arrest
Department of Special Investigation (CSI) chief Pol Col Paisit Wongmuang said today (Tuesday) that Karen community rights activist Porlajee “Billy” Rakchongcharoen was never released after his arrest, as claimed by those who apprehended him, as no official evidence proving that he had been released can be found.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward Party might be dissolved
The Constitutional Court will deliver a ruling on on Nov 20 that could make or break the Future Forward Party (FFP) and its leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.
— The Thaiger

Cabinet approves third phase of Chim, Shop, Chai
A meeting of government cabinet ministers on Tuesday (Nov 12) approved the third phase of the government’s Chim, Shop, Chai (Taste, Shop, Use) economic stimulus campaign, with the Ministry of Finance instructed to expedite related procedures and move its registration period to the afternoon hours.
— NNT

Chinese Medical Tourists visiting Thailand set to exceed 1 million by 2020
With a flourishing medical tourism industry worth nearly $4 billion dollars annually, foreign patients are no strangers to enjoying Thailand’s cosmetic and plastic surgery treatments.
— The Thaiger

Defendant shoots dead plaintiff, lawyer in courtroom
A retired senior policeman involved in a land dispute case shot dead the plaintiff and his lawyer before being fatally shot by an on-duty police officer in a Chanthaburi courtroom on Tuesday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Energy Regulatory Commission retains old Ft rate for January – April 2020
The Office of Energy Regulatory Commission has decided to retain the current Ft rate for the period between January to April, 2020, deeming that the move will help ease the burden of people.
— Newsline (video)

PM Prayut instructs Royal Thai Armed Forces to support ADMM
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Royal Thai Armed Forces to jointly support the ASEAN Defense Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) and adhere to the ADMM’s Joint Declaration on Sustainable Security.
— Newsline (video)

PH to retaliate vs. Thailand over cigarette import dispute
The Philippine government is keen on imposing quantitative restrictions (QR) against automotive imports from Thailand for the latter’s alleged non-compliance with measures sanctioned by the World Trade Organization (WTO).
— Asean Economist

Plant-based in Thailand: ADM aims to fill high-protein gap with new beverage solution
ADM Human Nutrition has launched what it claims to be the first plant-based high-protein beverage in Thailand, in hopes of addressing what it perceives to be a clear gap in the market.
— FoodNavigator-Asia.com

PPRP MP Parina under fire for Ratchaburi poultry farm
The Royal Forest Department (RFD) on Monday confirmed that a 1,706-rai farm run by firebrand Palang Pracharath Party MP, Parina Kraikup’s family is on Sor Por Kor land — a special public plot assigned to farmers to make a living.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand relaxes FX rules
Thailand’s central bank on Wednesday announced a further relaxation of foreign exchange rules in a bid to curb the strengthening of the baht, Asia’s top performing currency this year.
— Business Recorder

Paltry budget for poor kids fund blasted
The Senate has cried foul over an unreasonable cut in the Equitable Education Fund (EEF), which is responsible for improving access to basic education for about 4 million children.
— Bangkok Post

THAI hopes to pare losses to B2.2 billion
Thai Airways International Plc (THAI) is expected to post a loss of around 2.2 billion baht this year, significantly less than its initially projected 10 billion baht in losses, according to Sumeth Damrongchaitham.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand promotes use of biofuel to support agriculture
The Energy Ministry of Thailand has set a time frame to transition to gasohol E20 as the primary petrol grade by early next year to boost the value of commodity crops used in biofuel production.
— Vietnamplus

Bangkok council urges people to keep Chao Phraya River clean
The Bangkok Metropolitan Council has urged residents in the capital to help keep the Chao Phaya river clean.
— Newsline (video)

AoT reveals names of Don Mueang duty-free bidders
Airports of Thailand (AoT) has revealed that King Power and The Mall Group will compete to win the right to operate duty-free shops at Bangkok’s Don Mueang airport.
— Bangkok Post

The Many Faces of Ramayana: Diversity through various Art Interpretations
The international Epic of Ramayana has widely influenced countries in Asia, and each nation has its own unique interpretation of the story.
— Newsline (video)

UNESCO adds Bangkok and Sukhothai to Creative Cities Network
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has designated Bangkok and Sukhothai among 66 new ‘Creative Cities, thus bringing the total number of UNESCO Creative Cities in Thailand to four.
— Thailand Business News

Miss Thailand crowned at Miss International for first time
It took 59 years, but Thailand triumphed today at the Miss International beauty pageant.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok garners Excellent Architecture Award
Banyan Tree Residences Riverside Bangkok, an ultra-luxury riverside condominium, recently collected another outstanding award at ASA Real Estate Awards 2019 for excellent residential architecture above 30 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

Kingdom to host Asian Tour season-ender in Pattaya
The 2019 Asian Tour season will reach its climax at the Thailand Masters next month.
— Bangkok Post

PPRP, Democrat hold talks with coalition parties supporting constitution amendment committee head
Palang Pracharath and Democrat parties have confirmed that they will nominate their own members for the chairmanship of the ad-hoc committee on constitution amendment.
— NNT

Teenage Girl targeted in copyright scammer extortion sells 16,000 baht of Krathongs in one hour on Loy Krathong
A 15-year-old girl arrested and fined for violating copyright managed to sell more than Bt16,000 worth of krathongs in just an hour in front of Central Plaza Nakhon Ratchasima, according to a Thai media reporter on Monday (November 11).
— The Pattaya News

‘Coconut Water Gang’ arrested for trafficking children in Phuket
Patong police have announced the arrest of the ‘Coconut Water Gang’. There were four suspects from Nakohn Si Thammarat. The gang was accused of trafficking children by forcing them to roam the streets of Patong selling coconut water.
— The Thaiger

502,024 Krathongs collected from Bangkok canals and river this year
This year’s Loy Krathong Festival was celebrated widely last night, followed this morning by the collection of Krathongs floated on waterways everywhere.
— NNT

10,000 sign up for 100-baht Thailand tourism offer within minutes
On the 100-baht tourism campaign, where another 10,000 slots were released today, the second day of the sign up period, and were all filled within minutes.
— NNT

Cooler weather in North, heavy rain in South
Moving on to the weather in Thailand and the northern regions will experience cooler weather, while heavy rain is expected in southern provinces on Wednesday (Nov 13).
— NNT

GH Bank to offer loans to support homestay operators
In response to the government’s tourism stimulus scheme, the Government Housing Bank (GH Bank) is to offer loans, with a fixed interest rate of 4.2% for up to five years, to homestay operators who plan to expand their businesses or renovate their property.
— NNT

Ministry of Public Health determined to develop the public health system.
The Pharmacy Association in Thailand has held the 10th Thailand Pharmacy Congress, aimed at developing modern Thai medicine to a level in keeping with international standards.
— NNT

Dep.Transport Minister visits Phetchaburi, to help villagers solve traffic problems
The Deputy Minister of Transport has visited Phetchaburi to listen to problems reported by villagers, such as road safety, and obstacles faced by fishermen because of a lack of piers, and erosion.
— NNT

Thai Airways offers One Pass One Price Value Card
In a first of what will surely be a prolonged period of promotions, Thai Airways is offering a One Pass One Price Value Card Package which will cover four economy class fares from Bangkok to some destinations in Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam and Myanmar.
— The Thaiger

BMA says 96.3% of 500,000 krathongs collected this year are biodegradable
Loy Krathong celebrants in Bangkok have heeded calls for environment conservation by turning to disposable krathongs this year, instead of Styrofoam.
— Thai PBS News

A blueprint for better recycling of PET bottles in SE Asia
LONG READ As leaders from around the world gather in Bangkok for the inaugural “SEA of Solutions: Partnership Week for Marine Plastic Pollution Prevention”, GA Circular has launched a new report ​”Full Circle: Accelerating the circular economy for post-consumer PET bottles in Southeast Asia”.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya mayor inspects water drainage construction works, addresses traffic concerns in Pattaya
Pattaya mayor inspects water drainage construction works Pattaya -The Pattaya City Mayor inspected water drain construction works in the local area this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Thai cuisine restaurants get two Michelin stars for first time at home
Two restaurants in Bangkok have each earned a pair of coveted Michelin stars, the first time the leading guide has awarded the accolade to local establishments offering Thai cuisine.
— CNA

Nigerian caught on six-year overstay
A Nigerian man has been arrested in the province for overstaying his visa by over six years.
— Bangkok Post

Taste, Shop, Spend gets third round
Today the cabinet approved the third phase of the Taste, Shop, Spend scheme and allowed 500,000 elderly people to become eligible for the new phase, which offers up to a 20% cash rebate to 2 million eligible recipients.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkokians Float 40% Fewer Krathongs than Last Year
Bangkokians floated 40 percent fewer krathongs than they did last year, and halved the number of styrofoam krathongs used.
— Khaosod English

Police Seek Arrest of Copyright Troll Who Demanded 50K from Teen Krathong Maker
Police on Monday said they would seek a warrant to arrest copyright agents who allegedly attempted to extort a 15-year-old girl of 50,000 baht for copyright infringement.
— Khaosod English

Wall of graffiti art the longest landmark in northeast Thailand
More than 30 graffiti artists are being invited to celebrate the city of Nakhon Ratchasima, more commonly known as Korat.
— The Thaiger

Chulalongkorn U allows transgender students to wear female uniform
It was a dream come true for Ince Jirapat, a transgender student at Chulalongkorn University’s Faculty of Education, when the administration finally agreed to allow transgender students to the wear female uniform.
— 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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