Thailand morning news for October 1

Thailand morning news for October 1

Thailand morning newsThailand PM considers moving capital as Bangkok congestion takes toll
Thailand could be the next nation in south-east Asia to relocate its capital after Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha hinted such a move could be a “possibility” under his government.
— The Guardian

August exports fall 2.1% y-o-y, but trade surplus widens
Thailand’s August current account was a surplus of $3.99 billion, after July’s surplus of $1.77 billion, the central bank said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Mask On: PM2.5 Smog Returns to Bangkok
Mask on, it’s not fog. The capital on Monday morning found itself ranked as the second most polluted city in the world, according to an independent monitoring service.
— Khaosod English

Central bank clarifies 0% campaign warning
The Bank of Thailand has clarified it does not stop financial institutions from launching 0%-interest instalment campaigns for goods and services but would like to see “responsible lending”.
— Bangkok Post

Arrivals projection cut amid global slowdown, high baht
The Tourism Council of Thailand has cut the projection for tourist arrivals this year to 39.7 million from 40.1 million, as a result of the global economic slowdown and the strong baht.
— Bangkok Post

Smog blankets Thai capital Bangkok
Thailand’s capital was covered in smog on Monday (Sep 30), placing Bangkok’s air quality among the most polluted globally.

Toxic skin-whitening creams still available on shelves
“Skin creams containing banned ingredients are very dangerous and could seriously damage your health, scar you for life and even kill you, so they should be avoided at all costs.”
— The Thaiger

PM orders immediate action to address haze in Bangkok
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ordered authorities immediately to activate prepared measures to mitigate the haze, which has returned to Bangkok and its suburbs.
— Thai PBS News

Prawit denies IS in South
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insists that the Islamic State (IS) terrorist group has no influence in the southernmost provinces, despite the arrest of a Thai student in Egypt on suspicion of being involved in the group’s activities.
— Bangkok Post

PM holds urgent haze meeting
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday held an urgent video-conference with 16 provincial governors and related ministries after PM2.5 air pollution exceeded the so-called safe level in Bangkok and surrounding provinces.
— Bangkok Post

Campaign against garbage dumping in Chao Phraya River
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is encouraging vendors at Pak Khlong Talard market to conserve Chao Phraya River by not dumping garbage into the it. That is in line with a plan to call for UNESCO to register the Chao Phraya River as a Cultural Heritage this year.

Public warned against growing cannabis without official permission
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB) has warned members of the public that they are not allowed to grow cannabis plants in their homes without official permission, as the law stipulates that the plant can only be grown and prescribed for medical and research purposes.

The Baht Is ‘Frightening’ Thailand’s Tourism Industry
One of the main groups monitoring Thailand’s tourism industry said it’s too early to expect a revival in the sector despite a recent spike in arrivals.
— Bloomberg

Adisorn Promthep: European “yellow card” was net benefit for Thailand
Adisorn Promthep, the director general of Thailand’s Department of Fisheries, said the European Commission’s “yellow card” – an official warning given to the country in 2015 due to a lack of progress in tackling illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing – resulted in positive changes for his country.
— Seafood Source

Cops May Reinstate Pickup Truck Seating Ban After 13 Died in Crash
Police said on Monday they will bring back a ban on riding on the back of a pickup truck after a high-speed crash left 13 students dead earlier this week.
— Khaosod English

Economic ministers to meet next Monday for economic and tourism ‘Council of War’
The council of economic ministers will meet next Monday, on October 7 in Bangkok, to discuss the current economic and tourism situation.
— The Thaiger

Store blamed for massive trolley discard
Krungthai Bank (KTB) denied its shopping cash giveaway system broke down and blamed a shortage of cashiers for the long queue that led to shoppers abandoning their loaded trolleys at a superstore late Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM orders anti-pollution measures for smoggy Bangkok
The Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha is ordering Bangkok authorities to immediately activate prepared measures to mitigate the city’s haze and air pollution which has returned to Bangkok and its suburbs over the weekend and today.
— The Thaiger

‘Krabi Premium’ launched by the Tourism Authority of Thailand
TAT The Tourism Authority of Thailand Krabi Office is launching its ‘Krabi Premium’ marketing concept aimed at delivering ‘the best of the best’ of the southern Thai province.
— The Thaiger

Spending on Bangkok’s Vegetarian Festival up 2.4% from last year
Bangkokians will spend around 4.76 billion baht during this year’s vegetarian festival.
— The Thaiger

#SEAYOUTOMORROW : the future of the ocean
— Bangkok Post

Palm oil from conserved rainforest in Indonesia’s Sumatra sold to major brands, says forest group
KUALA LUMPUR: Palm oil from an illegal plantation inside an Indonesian rainforest home to endangered orangutans has found its way into the supply chains of major consumer brands including Unilever and Nestle, according to a US-based environmental group.

Sweetness & Power (16) – Sinister cycle: The sugar savior
Questioning the role of sugar in Thai society, especially in Isaan, a region with the highest number of people suffering from chronic diabetes in the country, Kridpuj Dhansandors asks whether the problem has been handled the right way.
— Isaan Record

Youth leaders arrive in Phuket for US-Asean Summit
The US Department of State has brought together 150 emerging leaders between the ages of 18 and 35 from all 10 Asean member states and Timor-Leste for advanced leadership training, collaboration and networking at a summit being held in Phuket today
— The Phuket News

Tata Steel finds a new buyer for Thailand unit
Tata Steel is all set to sign a deal with a new buyer for its steel unit in Thailand.

Bangkok Terracotta Warrior Exhibit Speaks of China’s Past, Future
The ongoing exhibition of four terracotta soldiers – and a hundred other artifacts – imported from China is not just about China’s past, but also its present and future.
— Khaosod English

Somkid: Extend tourism scheme
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has suggested the government’s 1,000-baht cash giveaway and 15% cash rebate scheme be extended until the end of the year to boost consumers’ consumption and year-end tourism.
— Bangkok Post

General Wallop Raksanoh to head government peace talks with southern rebels
Thailand’s National Security Council secretary-general, General Wallop Raksanoh, will formally assume the role of the government’s chief of delegation in peace talks with Mara Pattani, an umbrella group of southern…
— Thai PBS News

Growth outlook below potential, but no crisis yet: BoT governor
Thailand’s economic growth forecast of 2.8% for this year is below potential, the central bank governor said on Monday, adding the bank was ready to review monetary policy if conditions worsen.
— Bangkok Post

Rush to spend “Chim-Shop-Chai” giveaways causes glitches in KTB’s system
The rush to spend the 1,000-baht giveaways, under the government’s “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) program, by some 2.5 million successful subscribers has disrupted the computer systems of the state-run Krung Thai Bank,…
— Thai PBS News

Samui airport ‘spy cam’ taken offline after police raid home of British expat
Police, immigration and airport authorities have closed down a ‘spy cam’ that was providing real-time video of activities at Koh Samui’s Airport.
— The Thaiger

Safety advocates push for action after horror crash in Samut Prakan yesterday
Road safety advocates are calling on authorities to enforce road safety regulations more strictly after 13 people were killed instantly and several more died in a local hospital when the pickup truck they were riding on overturned Sunday morning.
— The Pattaya News

Driver in accident that killed over a dozen in Samut Prakan was not drunk, Police say
Police have stated that the driver in a horrific accident that killed over a dozen other young Thai students was not drunk per Thai law during the accident.
— The Pattaya News

Blue Line extensions opens to public
The MRT Blue Line extensions, from Hua Lamphong to Bang Khae and from Tao Poon to Tha Phra, have officially opened to improve the travel convenience of commuters and ease traffic woes in Bangkok.

Jail for ordination-goers who raided school
The Thon Buri Criminal Court has sentenced 16 men to prison terms for raiding a school where students were sitting exams and assaulting people there after a complaint about the noise at a nearby ordination ceremony.
— Bangkok Post

Our Countries Suffer From Same Stereotypes: French Ambassador to Thailand
A glance at the swanky department stores in Bangkok’s luxury malls like an advertisement for french presence in Thailand, with high-end fashion such as Chanel and Hermes.
— Khaosod English

Meal Temple Group launches its ride-hailing app DriveUp in Laos capital Vientiane
DriveApp has more than 100 taxis already on its platform and tens of tuk-tuks being trained and joining it Cambodia-based Meal Temple Group today announced the launch of its ride-hailing service in Laos’s capital city Vientiane.
— e27

Monk killed, 8 injured in songtaew accident
One monk died and eight other monks and novices were seriously injured after a songtaew slid off the road while travelling up a hill to a temple in Chon Buri’s Si Racha district on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Princess Sirindhorn Thanks China for Friendship Medal (Photos)
President Xi Jinping on Sunday presented national medals and honorary titles of the People’s Republic of China (PRC), the highest state honors, to dozens of individuals ahead of the 70th founding anniversary of the PRC.
— Khaosod Englis



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