Thailand morning news for November 27

Thailand morning news for November 27

Thailand morning newsThailand to export additional 1 million tonnes of rice to China
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister says he aims to increase exports of Thai rice to China by another 1 million tonnes.
— The Thaiger

Oct factory output seen falling 4.95% y-o-y
Thailand’s annual manufacturing output in October is expected to have dropped at a faster pace than in the previous month, a Reuters poll showed on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Dead deer found in Thailand with 7kg of plastic in stomach
A wild deer was found dead after swallowing 7kg of plastic bags and other trash in Thailand, an official said on Tuesday (Nov 26), raising the alarm on waste littering the country’s waters and forests.
— The Straits Times

Tourists visiting national parks at New Year must have bags to carry their garbage
Starting January 1st, tourists visiting national parks in Thailand will be required to carry their own plastic bags to contain the garbage they generate and take it out of the parks when they leave.
— Thai PBS News

Prawit: No rift in economic team
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon has denied any rift in the economic team while insisting that the government was working on measures to boost the economy with a focus on assisting low-income earners.
— Bangkok Post

FPO upbeat scheme will hit B10bn target
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is optimistic that spending for the cash rebate of up to 20% for the Taste, Shop, Spend (chim-shop-chai) scheme’s G-wallet 2 will reach 10 billion baht when the scheme lapses at the end of January.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers rally to demand delay of ban on three farm chemicals
A large group of farmers, dressed in black, gathered in front of Government House this morning to demand a delay in the enforcement of the ban on three farm chemicals, due to become effective on December 1st, to allow them more time to make adjustments.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand Sees Latest Stimulus Stoking Over $3.3 Billion Spending
Thailand said its latest round of stimulus will spur more than 100 billion baht ($3.3 billion) of spending, as it steps up efforts to fight an economic slowdown caused by baht strength and the U.S.-China trade war.
— Bloomberg Quint

Govt asked to pay back SSF money
A labour union has asked the govern­ment to return the 66 billion baht it owes the Social Security Fund (SSF) so it can be invested and managed for the best interests of all SSF members.
— Bangkok Post

Blockchain in the works for oil exports
The Excise Department will devise a method to refund overpaid taxes to oil exporters in a manner that stems leakages, its chief says.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to adopt B10 as standard diesel from 1 Jan 2020
According to the Ministry of Energy, the government’s campaign to promote the utilization of B10 diesel contributed to the increase in the price of oil palm — a crucial ingredient of the fuel — by 4 baht per kilogram.
— Newsline (video)

PPRP set to name chief of charter change panel
The ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) will nominate the person it deems most fit to lead the House committee tasked with studying constitutional amendments, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said.
— Bangkok Post

China to dominate CLMV as Thailand set to lose out
China is expected to dominate the CLMV market, with Thailand estimated to lose as much as 187 billion baht by 2022 as Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam are inundated with Chinese goods.
— Bangkok Post

New govt stimulus targets grassroots, homebuyers
The cabinet on Tuesday approved more economic stimulus measures, including money for village funds, 50-billion-baht in loans for local people’s organisations and a 50,000-baht subsidy on a home purchase down payment.
— Bangkok Post

Minister gears up Thai education sector to meet the demands of international business investors
Thailand’s Minister for Education has outlined a revamp of the country’s vocational education system as foreign firms indicate that a skilled workforce is a critical requirement as they weigh up investment in the country’s Eastern Economic Corridor project which will represent a ฿1.5 trillion investment in the next 5 years.
— Thaiexaminer.com

Thailand and Singapore emerge top performers in total funds raised via IPOs in South-east Asia: Deloitte
THAILAND is the top performer in South-east Asia with the largest total funds raised through initial public offerings (IPOs) in 2019, accounting for 39 per cent. Singapore contributed 33 per cent to the total funds raised, followed by Indonesia.
— The Business Times

Yala locals on lookout for possible flash floods
Residents of Yala Province are on the lookout for flash floods and runoffs after the local weather bureau predicted a series of heavy downpours from now to November 29th.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand earns better Doing Business ranking
The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs is aiming to make Thailand one of the top 20 in the World Bank’s Doing Business Index next year, as the nation now ranks 21st in the chart.
— Newsline (video)

SEC asked to shut out large foreign entrants
A local cryptocurrency exchange has asked the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to protect local digital asset businesses by refusing entry to major foreign business operators as the latter have an edge in technological know-how and capital.
— Bangkok Post

Extension costs spark govt concern
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has demanded that controversial plans for the northern expansion of Suvarnabhumi airport be clarified, in a bid to clear doubts surrounding the 42-billion-baht project.
— Bangkok Post

Why the India-Singapore-Thailand Trilateral Maritime Exercise Annualization Matters
Last week, Singapore and India officially announced publicly that the first-ever trilateral maritime exercise between them and Thailand would now be annualized.
— The Diplomat

Public Health Min holds Cannabis Extraction Technologies seminar
The Ministry of Public Health has hosted a second academic seminar on Cannabis Extraction Technologies, to collect cannabis extraction know-how from past to present, and to provide an exchange platform for cannabis product use in medicine.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand-New Zealand to discuss more trade deals
The Thai Ministry of Commerce is seeking to enhance trade cooperation with New Zealand as a new export market for Thai products, replacing markets affected by global economic challenges.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand, South Korea to step up bilateral cooperation
Thailand has agreed to enhance cooperation with South Korea to boost economic competitiveness, upgrade human capital, and advance the ASEAN Smart Cities Network.
— Newsline (video)

Pheu Thai asks Thanik to reclaim Khon Kaen seat
The main opposition party, Pheu Thai, is confident of winning the Dec 22 by-election in Khon Kaen after formally nominating Thanik Maseepitak as its candidate.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnamese women’s team draw with Thailand in SEA Games
The Vietnamese women’s team kicked off their Southeast Asian Games title defence with a 1-1 draw with bitter rivals Thailand at Binan Football Stadium in the Philippines earlier on November 26 afternoon.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand to Evaluate Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS RCV
The Defence Technology Institute of Thailand (DTI) will be evaluating Milrem Robotics’ THeMIS robotics combat vehicle (RCV) next year to determine its suitability for the country’s armed forces.
— Yahoo Finance

Musk to testify in ‘pedo guy’ cave diver defamation trial: lawyer
Tesla Inc’s chief executive, Elon Musk, will testify in his own defence against a defamation lawsuit brought by a British cave explorer, Mr Musk’s lawyer said on Monday in US District Court in Los Angeles.
— Bangkok Post

Finland Lends a Helping Hand to Thailand’s Tech Sector
Finland recently lent a helping hand to Thailand’s tech sector through an academic seminar called “[email protected]” It demonstrated how to develop technology and innovations using the Nordic method
— Chiang Rai Times

The highest-paying HR roles in Indonesia, Malaysia, and Thailand in 2020
In 2020, Indonesia’s HR industry will see HR business partners (HRBPs) in permanent roles earning the highest pay per annum, between RP468mn to over RP1,040mn.
— Human Resources Online

Health assistants group signs deal with Thai university to boost skills
The Myanmar Health Assistant Association has signed a cooperation deal with Thailand’s Khon Kaen University to provide more opportunities for members to develop their skills and knowledge.
— Myanmar Times

Warrants out for ‘copyright protection’ gang
The Criminal Court has issued arrest warrants for a former copyright agent and two others for allegedly extorting money from a school girl for violating copyright law by making krathongs in the shape of cartoon characters.
— Bangkok Post

PM backs startup initiatives on Korea trip
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday emphasised the importance of cooperation between South Korean and Asean to help new businesses while highlighting Thailand’s efforts in promoting a startup ecosystem.
— Bangkok Post

Small parties demand seats on House committee studying charter amendments
Smaller parties, which used to ally themselves with the Government, are making waves by demanding a seat for each of them on the House committee studying constitutional changes.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Businesses Ill-Equipped for Digital Economy: Exec
Thailand’s small and medium enterprises, or SMEs, are at the risk of not keeping up with the ever-changing world of digital economy, an India-based software executive warned.
— Khaosod English

Court postpones reading of verdict in tax evasion case against ex-finance officials
The Criminal Court for Corruption Cases today postponed the reading of the Supreme Court’s verdict in a case in which former deputy finance minister Mrs. Benja Louicharoen, three ex-finance officials and a former aide of Khunying Potjamarn na Prompetch, ex-wife of fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra, are charged with malfeasance for allegedly helping two of Thaksin’s children to evade capital gains tax.
— Thai PBS News

10 months later, no action to catch Bea’s murderer – Phuket
Dimitrios ‘Dim’ Chairopoulo, wanted and believed to be living in Greece “We are all in desperate need of some answers so that justice can be served for the family.”
— The Thaiger

Seaplanes in Thailand? Interview with Dennis Keller, CBO of Siam Seaplane
If you are travelling to Maldives, or perhaps visiting one of the great lakes in the US, Canada or Scotland, then you may expect part of your journey to be by seaplane.
— TravelNewsAsia (video)

Thailand signs 3 MoUs with South Korea during PM’s visit
Thai PBS World Thailand has signed three MoUs (Memorandum of Understanding) with South Korea during PM Prayut Chan-o-cha’s official visit, taking place from November 24-27 for the 2019 ASEAN – Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.
— The Thaiger

Chinese man stabbed to death in Bangkok office
Police are investigating the death of a Chinese man found murdered at his visa service office on the first floor of a Bangkok apartment in Huai Khwang.
— The Thaiger

GSB offers cheap mortgages
The state-owned Government Savings Bank (GSB) is offering 25 billion baht in low-rate mortgages, at 0.01% per year with a 10-baht instalment payment for every 1 million baht loaned for the first year.
— Bangkok Post

Sustainable tourism flagship project for Thai Tourism Authority for 2020, Pattaya joins effort to reduce plastic waste and attract eco tourists
Yesterday, the city of Pattaya joined the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Bangchak Corporation Plc on a campaign to reduce plastic waste in the tourism industry.
— The Pattaya News

Hotel occupancy rates in Pattaya about 80% for high season, declining, but Indians, Russians and Chinese make huge gains
Pattaya’s Deputy Mayor spoke with the Media yesterday and said hotel occupancy rates are about 80% percent right now, a decline for high season.
— The Pattaya News

Lorry driver caught with 3m speed pills
A 10-wheel lorry driver was arrested yesterday for allegedly trafficking almost 3 million pills of methamphetamine from Chiang Rai’s Wiang Pa Pao district to Pathum Thani’s Khlong Luang district.
— Bangkok Post

Holders Thailand stunned in SEA Games opener
The Thai men’s football team got off to a bad start in the defence of their title at the Southeast Asian Games in the Philippines, losing 2-0 to Indonesia on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Phalang Pracharath’s Parina Denies Land Encroachment
An outspoken coalition MP on Tuesday denied the allegation that parts of her poultry farm illegally occupied a protected area.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya CCTVs weren’t working along busy soi to identify snatch and grab thieves
Ruk Siam News Pattaya City Hall say that all their CCTV cameras along a busy Soi were working on the night a Russian family were robbed.
— The Thaiger

Ms. Pareena demands fresh survey, claiming she acquired the land honestly
Embattled Palang Pracharat MP for Ratchaburi province, Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, is fighting back and has asked the Royal Forest Department to conduct a second land survey of her poultry farm, which was found to have encroached on national forest reserves in Chom Bung district of Ratchaburi province.
— Thai PBS News

Over 500 complaints lodged against fake Thai tour agent
A fake package tour agency who used social media to scam customers out of a total of 31 million baht now has 514 complaints lodged against it, with 100 complaints lodged with the Vice Minister of Justice yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Woman shoots and injures her ex boyfriend, kills herself in front of Harbor Office in Sriracha
A 22 year old Thai woman, allegedly upset that her ex boyfriend did not want to get back together with her, shot him in the left leg yesterday and then shot herself in the back of the head in front of the Harbor Office in Sriracha.
— The Pattaya News

Condo resident catches secret teen Pattaya Fight Club on video in Pattaya, Police investigate
A Facebook user and resident of CC condo on Soi Khao Noi caught a secretive local teenage fight club on video this week in Pattaya, causing the video to go viral on social media.
— The Pattaya News

Massive lines, school truancy mark Major Cineplex 25th anniversary 25 baht deal in Pattaya
On November 25th Major Cineplex offered a special promotion in which all movies were only 25 baht to celebrate their 25th anniversary. The promotion was nationwide and reporters from The Pattaya News visited Major Cineplex at the Avenue to see how turnout was. As can be seen from the photos, lines stretched outside and […]
— The Pattaya News

MD on the run – arrest warrant out for owner of company constructing petrol station in Phuket
The owner of a company responsible for the collapsed petrol station under construction in Thalang, Phuket, is on the run. Seven people died and two others injured when the concrete pillars gave way to a concrete slab, crushing those below.
— The Thaiger

Police Say Son, 20, Dismembers Mother Before Killing Himself
Police on Tuesday said a 20-year-old student killed his own mother before carving up her body parts and hiding them in a fridge. The perpetrator later committed suicide, police said.
— Khaosod English

 

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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.

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