Thailand morning news for November 14

Thailand morning news for November 14

Thailand morning news

Central bank foresees lower growth, says ‘still policy room’ to help economy
The Bank of Thailand will lower its economic growth forecasts for this year and next and it still has monetary policy space to help the economy despite the key interest rate being at a record low, a deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

NACC finds Sino-Thai executives and Nakhon Si Thammarat officials took a 20 million baht bribe
Four officials in Nakhon Si Thammarat and two senior executives of Sino-Thai Engineering & Construction Company have been faulted by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for taking a 20 million baht bribe from a Thai-Japanese consortium contracted to build a power plant in Khanom district of Nakhon Si Thammarat.
— Thai PBS News

Unsafe dust levels in 19 areas of Bangkok and suburbs
Sixteen areas in Bangkok and three in its suburbs were found today to have excessive levels of PM2.5 dust particles in the atmosphere, the Department of Pollution Control reported today (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS 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

Thailand among top five countries for salary hikes
The emerging economies of Vietnam and Thailand both saw significant real salary increases, placing them in the global top five, with increases of 5.1% and 4.1% respectively, according to a report by ECA International.
— Thailand Business News

Thailand fights against its own currency’s success
Thailand is trying to coax the baht down from six-year high territory as the currency’s strength threatens local manufacturing and tourism.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai fishing industry makes headway, but challenges remain
In October, the Office of the US Trade Representative (USTR) announced the suspension of preferential trade policies for Thailand under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), which will affect over 500 products, including all of those related to the Thai seafood industry.
— Taiwan News

Thai central bank to lower growth outlook, still has policy room to help economy: deputy governor
Thailand’s central bank will lower its economic growth forecasts for this year and next and it still has monetary policy space to help the economy despite the key interest rate being at a record low, a deputy central bank governor said on Wednesday.
— Reuters

Rising Coastal Sea Levels Pose Threat to Cities in Vietnam and Thailand
A recent study referred to by some as a “Doomsday Report” suggests that rising sea levels could flood three times more land than previously predicted.
— Radio Free Asia

Retaliation on Thailand’s non-compliance pushed
The Philippine government is seriously studying a possible trade remedy, most possibly punitive tariffs, on car exports from Thailand before end this year in retaliation to its fellow ASEAN country’s continued refusal to comply with the WTO ruling to correct its discriminatory cigarette tax treatment on Philippine tobacco products.
— Manila Bulletin

New Billion-Dollar Family Emerges From Thailand Power Industry
Thailand’s renewable power industry has created a billionaire family.
— Bloomberg

Government of Thailand Backs Retailers “No Plastic” Campaign
Thailand’s government has given the Green-light to a “No Plastic” campaign which will start on Jan 1st of next year.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand: 10,000 sign up for 100-baht tourism offer within minutes
All the slots on the 100-THB tourism campaign, where another 10,000 slots were released on November 13, the second day of the sign up period, were all filled within minutes.
— Vietnamplus

Government hit for choosing Jakarta over Bangkok for finance support center
The government’s plan to open the Korea-ASEAN Financial Cooperation Center in Jakarta, Indonesia, has aroused concerns among financial experts and companies here that the decision will not help the center achieve its intended goal of strengthening Korean firms’ foothold in Southeast Asia.
— The Korea Times

Thailand Immigration Sweeps Nets Foreign Criminal Suspects
Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has announced the arrest four foreign nationals including a Thai man supplying fake official documents.
— Chiang Rai Times

Why Thailand plans to invest billions in smart farming initiatives in 2020
STATE-OWNED Bangkok Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has recently announced plans to allocate as much as US$3.3 billion to boost the Thai agriculture sector.
— Tech Wire Asia

Past results matter little to Thailand in Malaysia clash
Thailand head coach Akira Nishino does not take into account the recent results recorded by his charges, as well as those of their coming opponents, Malaysia in preparation for their Group G World Cup Asian qualification match this Thursday.
— Yahoo Sports

Nearly 8,000 fake news items detected in less than 15 days in Thailand
Since its launch of the “anti-fake news center” on November 1, the Thai Digital Economy and Society Ministry on Wednesday announced that it has detected nearly 8,000 fake news items online.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand to build first floating storage regasification unit
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is preparing to develop the country’s first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) worth 24.5 billion baht (807.8 million USD) to support its business plan to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 2020.
— Vietnamplus

Entrepreneurs of Thailand urged to eye new markets, S-curve industries
Export-import Bank of Thailand (Exim Thailand) has suggested that Thai entrepreneurs tap into new markets and expand investment in S-curve industries to alleviate the trade war impact and boost competitiveness in the New Trade Era.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Cabinet approves third phase of “Taste, Shop, Spend”
The Cabinet this week approved the third phase of the government’s “Taste, Shop, Spend” campaign, with the Ministry of Finance being instructed to expedite the program.
— Newsline (video)

Sugarcane and sugar businesses to propose pushing back 3 chemicals in farming ban
Sugarcane growers and the sugar industry have voiced their concerns over the rising cost of pesticide and herbicide, following the government’s approval of the ban on three chemicals deeming to be harmful which will take effect next month.
— Newsline (video)

Chinese sea goddess embarks on visit to Thailand for cultural exchanges
A ferry carrying the statue of Mazu, an ancient Chinese sea goddess, set sail on Wednesday morning from Meizhou Island in the city of Putian, east China’s Fujian Province, marking the start of a seven-day trip by Mazu to Thailand.
— Xinhuanet

Young people in Thailand at risk of ‘trigger finger’ as smartphone use rises
A growing number of youngsters, especially university students, are suffering “trigger finger” and other muscle-related problems as the time they spend on smartphones increases.
— Today Online

MOPH determined to develop the public health system in changing world
The Ministry of Public Health has underlined its determination to develop the public health system in an ever-changing world.
— Newsline (video)

Chula’s transgender students can now wear uniform of choice
Chulalongkorn University has issued a new regulation allowing transgender students to wear uniforms that align with their gender identity.
— 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

Charter court rules Pheu Thai’s Nawat disqualified as MP
Convicted Pheu Thai MP for Khon Kaen province Nawat Tohcharoensook lost his parliamentary status on October 16th, when he was suspended by the Constitutional Court from performing his duty as an MP, according to a ruling by a panel of Constitutional Court judges.
— Thai PBS News

Sino-Thai shares plunge after anti-graft body corruption allegation
Shares of Sino-Thai Engineering and Construction Plc (STEC) fell almost 20% on Wednesday after the anti-graft agency said executives at the company played a role in bribing state officials over the construction of a power plant by a Japanese company.
— Bangkok Post

State mulls e-payment platform to beef up tax
The government plans to develop a new e-payment system that works similar to Alipay, the third-party mobile and online payment platform of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group, to draw more merchants to participate in the tax system.
— Bangkok Post

Warning for Thais in or travelling to Hong Kong
The Thai Consular Office in Hong Kong has issued a warning today, for Thai travellers to and those living in the Chinese territory, of possible violent demonstrations by pro-democracy protesters, which may disrupt the public transport system.
— Thai PBS News

PM not worried about small coalition parties voting against government in censure debate
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has shrugged off a reported threat, by five smaller parties in the coalition government, not to vote in support of the Government if it fails to answer the opposition’s questions effectively during the forthcoming no-confidence debate.
— Thai PBS News

Suspects in Karen Activist Death Freed on Bail
All four suspects arrested under suspicion for murdering a Karen land rights activist were released on bail Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Egat readying country’s first FSRU
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is preparing to develop the country’s first floating storage regasification unit (FSRU) worth 24.5 billion baht to support its business plan to import liquefied natural gas (LNG) from 2020.
— Bangkok Post

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

New app launched to promote tourism
Thailand on Wednesday introduced an app designed to be a one-stop solution for tourists visiting the country.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand seeks to export more natural rubber after curbs end: Jurin
The country is pushing to export natural rubber to boost farmers’ income, the commerce minister said on Wednesday, weeks after it ended a four-month curb on the commodity.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign criminals apprehended in Thailand in two separate arrests
Immigration police have made two more arrests, apprehending a Burmese man and a Chinese man, both of whom are wanted in their own countries. Thai Residents reports that Myanmar authorities issued an arrest warrant for Soe Htun, although it’s unclear on what grounds. He was subsequently found to be staying in Thailand illegally with Immigration police …
— The Thaiger

Police seek “copyright agents” for extortion
Police in Nakhon Ratchasima say they’re seeking a warrant to arrest “copyright agents” who attempted to extort dozens of vendors. The investigation is nearly complete and warrants will be issued by the end of this week.
— The Thaiger

Fungal disease damaging southern rubber plantations
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is trying to limit the spread of a fungal disease that has damaged rubber trees in four southern provinces.
— Bangkok Post

Outspoken MP Pareena in hot water over questionable land occupation in Ratchaburi
Ms Pareena Kraikupt, Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, appears to be in some trouble relating to her claim that she has the right to occupy and use some 102…
— Thai PBS News

Thai Pride Rides High As Local Chefs Snag Michelin Stars
While accepting one of the most prestigious food awards worldwide, Chef Supaksorn Jongsiri dedicated his win to the country’s most humble – rural farmers.
— Khaosod English

Phuket scores #2 in Asia’s most popular destination list – Trip Advisor survey
Phuket has scored the second position in the list of Asia’s Top 25 Destination in a Trip Advisor survey.
— The Thaiger

Luxury Condo owners complain to city about homeless man’s shack, get it torn down in Jomtien
Pattaya municipal officers scooped up a homeless man who’d built himself a ramshackle shack on Jomtien Second Road.
— The Pattaya 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.

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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