Thailand morning news for November 22

Thailand morning news for November 22

Thailand morning newsFuture Forward sails into heavier storms
As many analysts, detractors, opponents and insiders say, the Constitution Court’s Wednesday verdict against Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, stripping him of his MP status, is just the beginning.
— Thai PBS News

Exports down 4.5% in October
Exports dropped by 4.5% year-on-year in October to US$20.8 billion, bringing the contraction in first 10 months of 2019 to 2.35% with a negative outlook, according to the Commerce Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Somkid urges 5G roll-out by mid-2020
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak says the 5G network must be rolled out by mid-2020 to ensure the country’s competitiveness in the region as peers aim to deploy their ultra-fast internet networks next year.
— Bangkok Post

British Man arrested in Pattaya for 26 day overstay
Chonburi- Police reported to the local media, first reported by Naew Na news, that a British national was arrested in Chonburi at 1230 PM on Wednesday, November 20th and found to be on overstay in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

PM, DPM send letter defending incomplete oath accusation
The Prime Minister and Deputy Prime Minister have submitted their official response in writing to the House of Representatives Anti-Corruption Committee insisting that they have both sworn in with a complete oath of office.
— Newsline (video)

Fake 1,000 baht bank note in circulation in Bang Lamung police confirm
Fake 1,000 baht bank note in circulation in Bang Lamung Bang Lamung – A fake 1,000 bank note has been used in a temple fair in Bang Lamung.
— The Pattaya News

Drones enlisted to fight fungus blight in rubber heartland
The world’s biggest rubber producer and exporter is experimenting with drones as a tool to combat a leaf-attacking disease that’s spreading through its largest growing region.
— Bangkok Post

Killer whale rescued on Pattaya beach
A black killer whale was rescued after it washed ashore on a Pattaya beach on Wednesday night in Bang Lamung district, authorities said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Permits for export of stocks of three banned chemicals to be issued
Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth has told traders of three hazardous farm chemicals that she is ready to sign export permits within three days so they can ship the substances out of the country.
— Thai PBS News

Thanathorn to face Election Commission charges of violating election law
Embattled Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit is to face charges of violating the election law and will be liable to a maximum prison term of ten years and banishment from politics for up to 20 years if found guilty.
— Thai PBS News

Anti-doping lab in Thailand shut down, leaving gap in system
The only authorized anti-doping laboratory in southeast Asia has been forced to suspend operations, leaving a gap in coverage for much of the region.
— The Washington Post

Workers killed, others trapped in collapsed building in Phuket
At least three people were reported killed and others trapped in the rubble of an office building under construction that collapsed in Thalang district on Thursday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

PM orders Govt economic team to adjust strategies
The Prime Minister has urged economic Cabinet members to adjust their operational approach to better drive national development inclusively, ordered related agencies to tackle unemployment crisis.
— Newsline (video)

Skilled workers pace Thai salary hikes
Highly skilled workers in Thailand expect to see a 20-30% increase in salary if they switch jobs in 2020, another obstacle to companies already struggling from a shortage of talent and high turnover rates, according to a report by the recruitment agency Robert Walters.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s FFP head faces new legal fight
The Constitutional Court’s decision to strip Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of his MP status over his controversial media share-holding on Wednesday has raised the prospect of the Election Commission (EC) pursuing a criminal case against the FFP leader.
— Khmer Times

Pope urges respect for prostitutes at crowded Bangkok mass
Pope Francis led an impassioned mass for tens of thousands of emotional worshippers at a packed Bangkok stadium Thursday, urging respect for prostitutes and trafficking victims in a part of the world where sex work is rampant.
— Rappler

Visiting Thailand, Pope condemns exploitation of women and children
Pope Francis on Thursday (Nov 21) condemned the exploitation of women and children in Thailand, which is notorious for its sex tourism, calling the violence, abuse and enslavement they suffer evils that must be uprooted.
— CNA

Farmer group shows support for banning of three chemicals
A group of farmers — which consists of 686 agricultural organizations nationwide — has expressed its support for the banning of three chemicals deemed dangerous by the government and a number of academics
— Newsline (video)

Chinese companies on full display at defense, security event in Thailand
Chinese military and trade companies displayed their high-tech weapons systems and received plenty of attention at the Defense and Security Exhibition, which wrapped up Thursday in the northern outskirts of Bangkok.
— China.org.cn

Commerce Ministry promotes business matching for Thai farm products
The Thai Ministry of Commerce is organizing business matchmaking sessions between foreign importers and local agricultural producers.
— Newsline (video)

Sukhothai probe closes in on target
Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin expects to take one more month to more closely link a suspect to the murder of a Japanese woman in Sukhothai after lab tests found DNA of the suspect’s relatives match genetic traces on the victim’s clothes.
— Bangkok Post

TIJ hosts the 4th Bangkok Rules Training for Senior Correctional Officers from ASEAN
The number of women imprisoned around the world has spiked, while prisons were built by men and for men.
— The Jakarta Post

Govt to nominate Songkran as intangible cultural heritage
The government has resolved to nominate for UNESCO consideration Khorat Geopark as a Global Geopark and the Songkran Water Festival as an intangible cultural heritage.
— Newsline (video)

Princess’s Cup Thailand 2019 officially kicks off
Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha and Her Royal Highness Sirivannavari has officiated Princess’s Cup Thailand 2019, an annual equestrian sports event which is being organized until this Sunday at the Royal Stable Unit near BTS Sanam Pao station.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand can support Qatar’s food security programme: Ambassador
Qatar-Thailand diplomatic relations which will have its 40th anniversary next year, may soon find new areas of cooperation, particularly in the food security sector, Thailand’s Ambassador to Qatar, Nathapol Khantahiran has said.
— The Peninsula Qatar

Thailand’s EGAT awards tender to buy its first spot LNG cargoes
State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand has awarded its first spot tender to import liquefied natural gas (LNG), two industry sources said on Thursday.
— Reuters

Vietnam coach ready to fight Thailand assistant over apparent height insult
Vietnam coach Park Hang-seo told Thailand assistant Sasa Todic he was ready to fight him following an apparent insult about his height following a World Cup qualifier.
— ESPN

Pope Francis meeting Thai king, Buddhist patriarch in visit
Pope Francis was set to meet Thailand’s supreme Buddhist patriarch, prime minister and king at the start of an official visit on Thursday (Nov 21), before celebrating a mass with tens of thousands of Thai Catholics.
— CNA

Transport Ministry bows to bus workers’ union demand
The Transport Ministry bowed to demands of protesting workers of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority on Thursday and agreed to proceed with buying 3,000 new buses for the state enterprise, instead of allowing a private takeover.
— Bangkok Post

Thai-owned power plant in Hongsa intact, but homes damaged by earthquakes
Houses in many villages in the Hongsa district of Xayaboury province in the Laos PDR were damaged by two strong earthquakes this morning, according to the Vientiane Times.
— Thai PBS News

Roadside bomb injures 3 police in Narathiwat
Three policemen have been injured, one of them seriously, by a bomb believed to have been planted by insurgents in the southern border province of Narathiwat.
— The Thaiger

At Mass, Pope Calls for Attention to Thailand’s Downtrodden
At his first public mass in Thailand, Pope Francis called upon communities to embrace and aid the exploited people, such as victims of sex trafficking, drug addiction, and refugees.
— Khaosod English

Chonburi Police net Chinese skimmer gang with 111 fake ATM cards
Chonburi -Police have arrested two Chinese nationals and seized 111 fake ATM cards in Chonburi.
— The Pattaya News

PM praises Pope Francis for his contributions to human kind
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today praised visiting Pope Francis for his contributions to the unity of humankind, human resource development, especially among youth, poverty elimination, social equality, environment conservation and the promotion of global peace.
— Thai PBS News

Activist Veera files complaint against Pareena’s landholding
Veera Somkwamkid, secretary-general of the People’s Network Against Corruption, has filed a police complaint against Palang Pracharath Party MP Pareena Kraikupt over her landholdings in the province.
— Bangkok Post

Construction site collapse, kills 7, injures at least 2 in Phuket
Seven people are now dead and at least 2 injured following the collapse of a petrol station construction site near the Home Pro building in Thepkasattri Road in Thalang, northern Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t Gifts Thai-Designed Holy Vestment to Pope Francis
BANGKOK — Four papal outfits made by a Thai designer were delivered to Pope Francis by the Thai government as a gift to mark his visit to the kingdom on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Chiang Mai public transport vehicles to undergo random exhaust checks
Officials in Chiang Mai will begin carrying out random checks on public transport vehicle exhausts in a bid to reduce black smoke emissions and help to address the city’s PM2.5 particulate levels.
— The Thaiger

Meth kingpin busted in Kanchanburi
A 29 year old man has been charged with running a drug trafficking ring after more than 3 million methamphetamine pills were seized in Chiang Rai last month.
— The Thaiger

Nine firms build network
Nine producers and importers of construction materials and equipment have joined forces to build a marketing network and share a customer base exceeding 2,000 as they aim to achieve sales growth of 25-30% next year.
— Bangkok Post

Regulator mulls protection fund for losses
The Securities and Exchange Commission has proposed a plan to set up an investor protection fund to compensate investors who receive financially damaging advice from brokers and fund managers.
— Bangkok Post

Five Chinese forex brokers arrested
Five Chinese forex brokers have been arrested at their rented office in Phuket.
— Bangkok Post

500 year old temple shaken in Nan earthquake this morning
The Nan province, in far north Thailand, on the Laos border, was the epicentre for an earthquake measuring 6.1 magnitude on the Richter scale.
— The Thaiger

Wanted Fugitive Russian arrested working illegally in Pattaya as a boxing trainer
A wanted Russian fugitive who was working illegally as a boxing trainer in Pattaya has been arrested. 77 kaoded reports that yesterday officers have received a tip-off that the Russian man has illegally been working in Thailand at a gym in Soi Chaiyapruek in Jomtien.
— The Pattaya News

Otters’ on-screen cuteness fuels big business in Thailand
A group of around seven otters floating down a stream is what teachers and students at a school in Bangkok watch almost every day.
— Kyodo News

 

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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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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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