Thailand morning news for November 29

Thailand morning news for November 29

Thailand morning newsChemicals ban derailed by ‘4 forces’
BioThai, an anti-farm chemical pressure group, has alleged that four major forces” were behind the decision to scrap the ban on the herbicide glyphosate and delay the prohibitions against the herbicide paraquat and pesticide chlorpyrifos.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut calls for unity after defeat
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on coalition parties to honour their original gentleman’s agreement, after the government suffered a shock defeat in its bid to prevent formation of a panel to scrutinise Section 44.
— Bangkok Post

BTS contracts to be extended by 40 years
Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will propose to the cabinet the extension of BTS’ operation concession contracts by another 40 years, with fares capped at not more 65 baht per trip throughout the period.
— Bangkok Post

Household Debt in Thailand has Risen to a Record High
As the Thai Baht soars and the economy lags household debt in Thailand has risen to a record high of 340,000 baht per household. According to a poll on household debt, conducted by University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce.
— Chiang Rai Times

Senior health officials reiterate support for banning three agro chemicals
In an apparent show of opposition to the National Hazardous Substances Committee’s about-face on the banning of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, three top public health officials have announced that the…
— Thai PBS News

German busted for 5 day overstay in Pattaya
Five Chonburi immigration officers have arrested a 45 year old German man outside a hotel in Pattaya. “Bert E” had overstayed his visa by five days and was handed over to Pattaya police.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s PM insists military conscription is still needed
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, a former General, has stressed the need for Thailand to retain military conscription, because the three armed forces are currently more than 100,000 personnel short of their full complement, of which only 30% are expected to enlist voluntarily.
— Thai PBS News

Soi Dog reaches new milestone – neutering 100,000 animals in one year
“The day we see no suffering of stray animals on the streets and the eradication of rabies in Thailand.” That’s the long-term goals of the Soi Dog Foundation.
— The Thaiger

Cross-border trade registers wobble amid global meltdown
Thailand’s cross-border trade dropped 1.94% year-on-year in the first 10 months of this year, with the strong baht, global economic slowdown, continued trade war and an overall volatile foreign exchange listed as the key threats.
— Bangkok Post

Lack of alternatives rationale for Thai U-turn on glyphosate
Thailand’s government yesterday went back on its plan to ban the controversial pesticide, glyphosate, and it also deferred bans on two other agricultural pesticides, paraquat and chlorpyrifos.
— Feednavigator.com

Thai c.bank chief says worried about rapid baht gains
Thailand’s central bank is still concerned about the rapid strengthening of the baht THB=TH and has steadily taken action to prevent the currency from rising too fast, the governor said.
— Nasdaq

EC extends deadline for Future Forward Party to Dec 2
The Election Commission (EC) has extended the deadline for the Future Forward Party to submit additional documents regarding party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit ‘s giving a loan to his party to December 2nd.
— Newsline (video)

Parliament moves to undo vote authorizing investigation of Prayuth and his junta
Opposition lawmakers walked out of parliament Thursday morning for a second time over maneuvering by house leadership to walk back a vote authorizing an investigation of the prime minister’s tenure as chief of the junta that ruled the country for over five years.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thailand’s unemployment rate slightly increases in Q3
Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has confirmed the unemployment rate in the country in the third quarter of 2019 slightly increased to 1.04 percent, or about 394,000 people.
— Vietnamplus

Taking steps to advance Thailand’s Industry 4.0 ambitions: The Nation contributor
The announcement by the Transport Ministry to legalise ride-hailing services by March 2020 comes in good time.
— The Straits Times

TDRI sceptical of cash rebate impact
The recently approved Baan Dee Mee Down, a 50,000-baht cash rebate programme, is unlikely to help boost the country’s property market much because the impact will be limited and fleeting, says the Thailand Development Research Institute.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Airways absent from new Top 10 list of world airlines
The airline review website AirlineRatings has just announced its list of the Best Airlines 2020 and Thailand’s national carrier is absent. In fact Thai Airways isn’t even in the top 20 airlines, as compiled by the website.
— The Thaiger

Over 50% of businesses ignoring orders on wastewater release into central Thailand canal
The Pollution Control Department says over 50% of businesses are ignoring orders regarding the discharge of wastewater into Klong Saen Saeb.
— The Thaiger

S44 panel vote sparks walkout
The House of Representatives was thrown into turmoil on Wednesday after both sides were locked in conflict over voting for a panel to study the effects of orders issued under Section 44.
— Bangkok Post

Chaos as senior officials deny easing the chemicals ban announced by the Industry minister
The Thai government’s position on the ban on three controversial chemicals was plunged into chaos on Thursday in addition to crisis after senior officials at the Ministry of Public Health directly challenged the assertions of the Minister for Industry Suriya Juangroongruangkit on Wednesday when he announced that a delay of the ban had been agreed by the National Committee on Hazardous Substances and that the ban on one substance glyphosate had been lifted.
— Thaiexaminer.com

FIFA Rankings: Malaysia, Vietnam climb big, Thailand fall by four spots
The latest FIFA World Rankings have been released officially, and as expected, we can see a few changes.
— FOX Sports

PM targets student, tech swap
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha wants to boost education and cultural exchanges between Thailand and South Korea by increasing the number of participants in exchange programmes between the two countries.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry, CP launch GI products online
The Commerce Ministry’s Intellectual Property Department, in partnership with CP All Plc, the operator of 7-Eleven convenience stores, yesterday kicked off a scheme to sell geographical indication (GI) products online, a move to help expand channels for farmers and local producers.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s motor expo eyes a reverse slump in the local auto sector this year
Thailand’s international motor expo representative said on Thursday that it hopes this year’s auto expo showcasing 60 manufacturers’ latest models will attract more buyers amidst a slow domestic auto market.
— Xinhuanet

Detecting cancer before it forms with early detection by RV cancer screening
RV Laboratory (RV Lab), Thailand’s leading cancer screening lab, offers easy, precise, and affordable early cancer detection for all types of tumours and solids with fast accurate results within 10 working days.
— Bangkok Post

Rice Department follows up Ito rice development in Chiang Mai
Officials from the Rice Department have visited Chiang Mai province to follow up on the development of local rice cultivation, while introducing a new strain known as “Ito.”
— Newsline (video)

Thailand warns against sale of marijuana-based health products
The Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA) again on Tuesday warned consumers to refrain from buying marijuana-based health products or they will face fines and/or imprisonment.
— Khmer Times

Thailand again elected to World Heritage Committee
Thailand has been elected to membership of the World Heritage Committee that will reconsider Bangkok’s proposed listing of the Kaeng Krachan Forest Complex and also Phu Phrabat Historical Park next year.
— Bangkok Post

Government make preparations for royal barge procession
Soldiers from the First Army Region have conducted the first rehearsal of the Royal Land Procession, which is a parade accompanying the Royal Barge Procession. The land procession will commence after the royal barge procession ends.
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok to try out Walking Street events in Silom, Bang Rak
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will organize “walking street” events on Silom, Yaowarat, and Khao San roads next month.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s National Parks Tells Tourist to Take Your Garbage With You
Tourists visiting all national parks in Thailand will be required to take their garbage with them after visiting.
— Chiang Rai Times

OCPB asks retailers to ensure quality of New Year’s gift baskets
The Office of the Consumer Protection Board (OCPB) has called on department stores to make sure that their New Year’s gift baskets contain good quality products according to regulatory standards.
— Newsline (video)

Nakhon Sawan becomes hotspot with attractions
Man-made and cultural attractions are the focus for Nakhon Sawan province to reach 5 billion baht in tourism revenue with 2 million visitors by 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Introducing:Thai Jasmine Rice on the 3rd World’s Hom Mali Rice Harvesting Day in Phayao
On November 15th, the 3rd World’s Hom Mali Rice Harvesting Day was held in Phayao province organized by C.P. Intertrade Co.,Ltd (Royal Umbrella).
— AP

MOAC Supports RAOT to Organize Thailand Rubber Expo 2019
The Rubber Authority of Thailand, under supervision of the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives, is ready to organize the Thailand Rubber Expo (TRE 2019) which will be held from November 29th to December 1st at Impact Muangthong Thani.
— Newsline (video)

Perth man facing death penalty after $90,000 Thailand drug bust
A Rockingham man with links to the Hells Angels Outlaw Motorcycle Gang is facing the death penalty in Thailand, accused of being involved in an international drug trafficking ring.
— Perth Now

TAT Launches Amazing Thailand Privileges
The Tourism Authority of Thailand is promoting new ‘Amazing Thailand Grand Sale Passport Privileges’ to stimulate travel spending by tourists travelling within Thailand until 31 January 2020.
— TTR Weekly

Thailand bounce back with 7-0 win over Brunei in SEA Games 2019 men’s football
The 2017 SEA Games gold medallists had suffered a 2-0 defeat to 2019 AFF U22 Championship winners Indonesia in their opening match, but Thailand got thier campaign back on track with an impressive win over Brunei.
— FOX Sports

Paddy output to decline due to conditions
Thailand’s annual paddy production for both the main and second crops is forecast at 27-28 million tonnes in the 2019-20 season, weighed down by a drop in production for the second crop because of flooding and drought.
— Bangkok Post

Thais setting the pace for social commerce
Thailand is in the pole position for social commerce in the world, says price-comparing website Priceza, and local merchants should drive towards unique and value-added products to stay competitive in the market.
— Bangkok Post

Four Chinese arrested for begging
Four Chinese men have been arrested for begging in Bangkok, with bogus stories to draw public sympathy that allowed them to earn 2,500 baht a day each.
— Bangkok Post

Whowho Protects 170,000 Thai Users from Spammers
KT Corp. (KRX: 030200; NYSE: KT) said Whowho& Company, a subsidiary of KT CS – a customer counseling service provider in the KT Group – has attracted more than 170,000 subscribers to its spam-blocking app “whowho” in Thailand.
— Asia One

Youngsters’ game time ‘worrying’
Thai youngsters spend an average of three to five hours per day playing online games — though in Bangkok that can rise to more than eight hours.
— Bangkok Post

Firms urged to boost skills with training
The Department of Skill Development on Wednesday called on employers to organise skills training for staff to boost not only productivity but also the competitiveness of their businesses.
— Bangkok Post

Gov’t Accused of ‘Double Standard’ in MP Encroachment Inquiry
An activist on Thursday said the authorities are applying a double standard in the investigation against a coalition MP, who stands accused of building a poultry farm on protected forest area.
— Khaosod English

Member of committee to ban farm chemicals quits in protest over U-turn
The Thai Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit is being challenged over his claims of a “unanimous vote of support” to overturn the decision to ban the controversial agri-chemicals.
— The Thaiger

House vote recount blocked by lack of quorum for the second time
Lack of a quorum in the House of Representatives this morning (Thursday) forced House Speaker Chuan Leekpai to call off a recount of the vote, which the Government narrowly lost in the initial round, on the opposition motion to set up an ad hoc panel to study the impacts of pre-election junta orders and executive orders issued under Section 44 of the interim constitution.
— Thai PBS News

Spotlight at Youth Greenovation Awards 2019
The Power of Innovation Foundation, in collaboration with PTT Group and the Science Society of Thailand Under Patronage of His Majesty the King, hosted the Youth Greenovation Awards 2019 at the YGA Science Fair 2019, with the Royal Trophy of Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn, scholarships, and opportunities to participate in international competitions, and awards recognising community work.
— Bangkok Post

Thanathorn running wrong campaign, says Prayut
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is accusing Future Forward leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit of running the wrong campaign by calling for the abolition of military conscription.
— Bangkok Post

4 New BTS Stations to Reach Kasetsart University by New Year
Four new stations along the BTS northern extension will open as a “new year’s gift” for Bangkokians next month, Bangkok Governor said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand E-Sports Arena raises funding from Japan’s GameWith; to foray into Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia in 2020
Infofed, an e-sports startup and owner of Thailand E-Sports Arena, has secured an undisclosed amount in pre-Series A round of equity funding from Japanese gaming community GameWith.
— e27

Thailand elected to sit on the World Heritage Committee
Thailand is one of nine new members elected to the World Heritage Committee at the 22nd General Assembly of the State Parties to the WHC meeting, being held from November 27th to the 28th at UNESCO headquarters in Paris.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s ‘floating’ crosswalk makes drivers stop and look
The Thai children walking on the zebra crossing look as if they are stepping from one white board, floating well above the road, to the next – but it is just an optical illusion, created by a volunteer group aimed at making roads safer for pedestrians.
— CNA

Teacher Slaps Students for Not Doing English Homework, Gets Off Scot-Free
No disciplinary action has been taken against a teacher who slapped students repeatedly for not doing their English homework, a school official said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Over forty Sa Kaeo Police raid carnival game booths at temple fair, arrest vendors- considered Gambling under Thai law
Sa Kaeo- First, it was the arcade claw game machines that police cracked down upon in Thailand. Now, it appears there is a new target- carnival games, popular at temple fairs where one uses an airsoft gun to shoot balloons for prizes.
— The Pattaya News

First Phuket tollway to be approved linking Kathu and Patong
Phuket’s first ever tolled highway, to be built linking Kathu to Patong route, is awaiting approval from the government’s committee on public-private partnership.
— The Thaiger

“Medical cannabis is no panacea” – Thai FDA
The Thai Food and Drug Administration is again warning the public that cannabis is not a magic medicine that can cure all illnesses.
— The Thaiger

Direct-to-consumer format poised for growth next year
The direct-to-consumer model is expected to gather steam next year as a new approach for brands to reach customers directly without relying on retailers or the e-marketplace, says Songpol Shanmatkit, chief executive of SET-listed TV Direct, a home shopping operator.
— Bangkok Post

Finland’s Adventure-Themed ‘SuperPark’ To Open at Iconsiam
Taking children to a playground will no longer be boring for parents when the new indoor activity park opens this weekend.
— 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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