Thailand morning news for November 28

Thailand morning news for November 28

Thailand morning news

Factory output falls 8.45% y/y, worse than forecast
Thailand’s manufacturing production index (MPI) in October fell 8.45% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, petroleum and steel, the industry ministry said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Anutin and Mananya claim ban on three farm chemicals remains intact
Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul and Deputy Agriculture Minister Mananya Thaiseth have played down the apparent U-turn over the December 1st enforcement of the ban on paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos by insisting that the ban remains intact.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand reverses ban on weed killer linked to cancer
Thailand reversed a decision on Wednesday (Nov 27) to ban a controversial weedkiller and extended the permitted use of two other pesticides for six months, following pushback from its multi-billion dollar agriculture industry.
— CNA

Expressway toll payments by ‘touch’ credit card next year
Motorists will be able to use credit cards to pay toll fees next year, starting with the Kanchanapisek expressway in January, the Expressway Authority of Thailand (Exat) announced on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

300 Mon cross border to flee fighting in Myanmar
About 300 ethnic Mon people fled into Thailand to escape fighting near their village between Myanmar troops and Mon rebels, according to a border source.
— Bangkok Post

Jurin : Democrats gear up for charter amendment
The Leader of the Democrat Party, one of several junior parties in the ruling coalition led by the Palang Pracharat Party, has indicated that his party is ready to amend the constitution and stressed that the matter has not caused a rift in the coalition.
— Newsline (video)

No, ‘The Cave,’ gets its facts right. I would know (Opinion)
(Editor’s Note: This is written from the perspective of someone who closely covered last year’s events from the scene and also participated in its retelling as an actor in ‘The Cave.”
— Coconuts Bangkok

SOUTHEAST ASIA & THE PACIFIC: INTENSE WATER DEFICITS FORECAST FOR CAMBODIA & JAVA
The 12-month forecast through July 2020 indicates exceptional water deficits around Tonlé Sap in western Cambodia and deficits of varying intensity throughout most of Thailand.
–iSciences

Korea, Thailand sign MOU to curb flow of illegal migrant workers
The justice ministry will work with Thailand’s labor ministry to prevent the flow of unregistered migrant workers to Korea, according to an agreement signed between the two ministries on the sidelines of the ASEAN-Korea Commemorative Summit, Monday.
— The Korea Times

Six elephants drown in Thailand National Park
A herd of wild elephants was swept away by raging water in Thailand‘s national park, drowning six, while rangers helped steer two animals out of a deep ravine.
— Daily Stock Dish

Illicit trade of otters via social networking on the rise
Social media is increasingly being used as a means of smuggling endangered otters, and Thai authorities say that is making it difficult to crack down on secret networks.
— The Mainichi

Thai millennials’ ‘must-have items’ cost RM190 billion a year
THAI millennials’ spend about 1.37 trillion baht (RM190 billion) a year on ‘must-have items’, representing 13 per cent of the country’s GDP.
— New Straits Times

Việt Nam attends ASEAN meeting on transnational crime in Thailand
Minister of Public Security General Tô Lâm led a Vietnamese delegation to the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC-13) and relevant meetings, which kicked off in Bangkok, Thailand, on Wednesday.
— Viet Nam News

Thai, Laos financial institutions cooperate to expand Digital Payment system
Mr. Bancha Manoonkulchai, senior director of the payment system policy division, Bank of Thailand (BOT), has disclosed that the development of digital payments and the linkage of Thai payment systems are growing with currently 49.5 million PromptPay registered users through various channels, with average daily transactions of 8.1 million.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai government rolls out 4.76-billion-USD stimulus
The government of Thailand has rolled out further stimulus measures intended to inject about 144 billion baht (4.76 billion USD) into the economy to boost full-year economic growth to 2.8 percent.
— Vietnamplus

PH’s trade row with Thailand unresolved
THE Philippines failed to settle its dispute with Thailand over a World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling on cigarette shipments during the recent Asean (Association of Southeast Asian Nations)-Republic of Korea Commemorative Summit.
— Manila Times

King Maha Vajiralongkorn may be the richest person in Thailand – but which 31 Thai entrepreneurs have become billionaires through business?
With an estimated net worth of US$16.9 billion, Dhanin Chearavanont is the wealthiest person in Thailand, according to CEOWorld Magazine’s Thailand Rich List Index for 2019.
— South China Morning Post

Chonburi debuts garbage electricity plant
The Chonburi provincial administration has unveiled the “Chonburi Clean Energy (CCE)” power station, the first garbage electricity plant of its kind in Southeast Asia.
— Newsline (video)

PM Prayut meets with business leaders at 2019 ASEAN ROK Commemorative Summit
The Thai Prime Minister has emphasized seamless connectivity and sustainability while meeting with business leaders at the 2019 ASEAN-Republic of Korea (ROK) Commemorative Summit which was held in Busan South Korea from November 25th to 26th.
— Newsline (video)

Mosque in Northeast Thailand Loses Bid for Registration, Amid Protests by Buddhists
A community in northeastern Thailand has voted down a local Muslim cleric’s request to register as an official place of worship a mosque that has been operating from a house in the area for decades.
— Benar News

Railway track bombed in Narathiwat
A bomb explosion damaged the railway track between Sungai Padi and To Deng stations in Sungai Padi district early Wednesday morning, halting southbound trains at Tanyong Mat station.
— Bangkok Post

GSB, Office of the Judiciary to provide internet banking services
The Government Savings Bank (GSB) has signed an agreement with the Office of the Judiciary to provide internet banking services to customers who are juristic persons.
— Newsline (video)

Facebook seeks to upskill Thai users
Facebook has launched a programme aimed at enhancing digital skills in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Opportunities in a declining apartment market
For most Thais, the word “apartment” conjures up images of an austere-looking structure with a fair level of amenities, dating back to when their grandparents could still do the Twist.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand proposes anti digital crime agenda at AMMTC prep meeting
Thailand has raised the topic of border area management and planned anti-extremist action during a discussion at the 13th ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Transnational Crime (AMMTC) and related meetings which are being held by the Royal Thai Police in Bangkok from November 26th to 28th.
— Newsline (video)

Associations seek measures to foster Vietnam-Thailand friendship
The 10th joint conference of the Vietnam-Thailand Friendship Association and the Thailand-Vietnam Friendship Association took place in Da Lat city, the Central Highlands province of Lam Dong, on November 27.
— Vietnamplus

Sixth International Conference on Family Planning to take place in Pattaya City, Thailand from February 1-4, 2021
The sixth International Conference on Family Planning (ICFP) will take place in Pattaya City, Thailand February 1-4, 2021 and will be co-hosted by the Bill & Melinda Gates Institute for Population and Reproductive Health, the Kingdom of Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health, The Royal Thai College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists, and the Population and Community Development Association.
— Yahoo Finance/ PR Newswire (media release)

Fostering Success of CONNEXT ED Government Sector
Minister of Education Nataphol Teepsuwan, in his capacity as Chief of the Government Sector Working Party, along with the civil society, 33 private organizations, comprising founders and new members of the CONNEXT ED project, have continued the success of education management at Pracharat Schools which is in line with the five key strategies.
— Bangkok Post

PH netball team absorbs blowout loss against Thailand
The Philippine netball team remained on the hunt for a first victory after absorbing a 64-29 whipping against Thailand in the 2019 Southeast Asian Games on Wednesday, November 28 at the Sta Rosa Sports Complex.
— Rappler

Taiwan and Thailand sign agreement deal on agricultural cooperation
A Taiwanese university inked a cooperative deal with a Thai farm located near Bangkok on Sunday, inaugurating a new time for agricultural cooperation between the two countries.
— Fresh Plaza

Carrie Lam visit will bolster HK investment
Hong Kong chief executive Carrie Lam is scheduled to arrive in Thailand on Thursday to reinforce cooperation with Thailand on economic matters as well as innovation, creativity, finance, human resources development and startups.
— Bangkok Post

New SWAT unit formed at the CSD to handle special situations
The Crime Suppression Division (CSD) of the Royal Thai Police has set up a new SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) unit to replace its predecessor, the police commando unit, which was moved under the Ratchawallop Royal Guards Command.
— Thai PBS News

Tit-for-tat between Ms. Pareena and Seripisut turns absurd
The House Committee on Corruption Affairs, chaired by Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavet, is looking increasingly like a circus, with the constant tit-for-tat squabbling between him and committee member, Ms. Pareena Kraikupt, which appears to have taken on an air of infantile absurdity.
— Thai PBS News

All national highways in Thailand to have four lanes by 2022
Thailand’s Highways Department says all national highways in the country will be four-lane roads, two lanes in each direction, within three years.
— The Thaiger

Thai exports to neighbouring countries may lose out to China
The director of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s Centre for International Trade Studies says Thailand risks losing the export markets of Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam (CLMV) to China within five years.
— The Thaiger

Warnings of heavy rain and flash floods for southern Thailand
The Thailand Meteorological Department is warning about possible heavy rain and strong winds for the south of the country as a result of the strong northeast monsoon currently over the Gulf of Thailand.
— The Thaiger

FPO upbeat scheme will hit B10bn target
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) is optimistic that spending from the cash rebate of up to 20% in the Taste-Shop-Spend scheme will reach 10 billion baht by the time the programme lapses at the end of January.
— Bangkok Post

New rules to help SMEs raise capital
The Securities and Exchange Commission is in the process of issuing regulations to facilitate capital market funding access for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), aiming to initially allow SME share offerings and convertible debentures without document submission.
— Bangkok Post

Bumrungrad debuts new heart valve center to provide advanced cardio treatment
With the advent of modern medical technology, Thais are living longer than ever, with Thailand expected to become a fully aging society by 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Nearly a dozen Grab taxi drivers attack regular taxi drivers in Pattaya
More than 10 Grab drivers allegedly attacked a stand of metered taxi drivers in Pattaya last evening.
— The Pattaya News

Parliament removes support banner from FFP’s offices
Parliamentary officials have taken down a large signed banner supporting the Future Forward party’s leader leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit from the door to the party parliamentary offices, saying it was “inappropriate.”
— The Thaiger

New MRT stations in Bangkok take you to the city’s historic spots
Thailand’s Mass Rapid Transit Authority, the Tourism Authority of Thailand, and Bangkok Expressway and Metro Public Company Limited are inviting locals and tourists to visit attractions near four of Bangkok’s MRT stations.
— The Thaiger

Bomb Damages Southern Railway, Stranding Commuters
Train service in the southern border provinces were paralyzed after a bomb attack struck a railtrack there Wednesday morning.
— Khaosod English

Recreational drug users warned over dangers of ‘Magic Paper’ hallucinogen
Thai medical officials are warning about a recreational drug known as “death stamp” or “magic paper”.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok City Hall latching walking streets around the city next month
Walking streets are the new rage in Bangkok. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is planning three temporary walking streets in Bangkok as a trial and to stimulate tourism in the areas.
— The Thaiger

Check out Tesco Lotus Money Services
TESCO LOTUS’s financial services arm has announced the launch of “Tesco Lotus Money Services” under a new brand.
— Bangkok Post

City Hall to launch Silom, Yaowaraj and Khao Sarn walking streets in mid-December
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) plans to turn Silom, Yaowaraj and Khao Sarn roads in Bangkok into walking streets, starting Sunday December 15th, to stimulate domestic tourism and the economy.
— Thai PBS News

5 good reasons to visit Koh Samui in 2020
Thailand’s “coconut island” has come a long way since it’s hippy hey-day in the 1970s. Today, jet-set travellers rub shoulders with the tabloids’ favorite celebrities, while major golf events and regattas have become annual pilgrimages.
— The Thaiger

Son is the Only Suspect in Woman Dismemberment Case, Cops Say
Investigators said they have no other suspect in a murder case of a 42-year-old woman who was apparently killed and dismembered by her own son, rejecting widespread skepticism on social media.
— Khaosod English

 

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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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