Thailand morning news for October 11

Thailand morning news for October 11

Thailand morning news

BBC Thai follows up Australian media claims about Thammanat’s imprisonment in Sydney
The BBC’s Thai affiliate has published notes of an official document obtained from a visit to an Australian court, stating that Manat Bophlom one of the former names used by the Thai Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives Thammanat Prompao, had served four years in jail for on charge of conspiring to import heroin to Australia.
— The Thaiger

Central bank plans steps to curb strong baht
Thailand is not in recession but growing below potential and the central bank is ready to take action if needed, while there are also plans for further measures to curb the baht’s strength, central bank and government officials said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to host World Ganja Festival 2020
Following the liberalization of cannabis for medical use, marijuana is being seen as a potential cash crop which can benefit Thailand’s economy.
— NNT

PM not committed to controlling use of three controversial herbicides
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is currently non-committal about the banning or restriction of paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, saying that the matter should be resolved in accordance with formal procedures.
— Thai PBS News

THAI told to revamp rehab plan
Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam has ordered loss-ridden national flag carrier Thai Airways International (THAI) to overhaul its financial rehabilitation plan and draw up a new business plan within 30 days.
— Bangkok Post

Ratchanok cleared of doping charge by BWF
Ratchanok Intanon, 5th in the world rankings, has been cleared of a doping charge by the Badminton World Federation (BWF) after it was proved that she had ingested contaminated meat.
— Thai PBS News

UNHCR praises Thai efforts to end statelessness
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees( UNHCR) has welcomed Thai efforts to reduce statelessness among children, according to a statement issued on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Poipet airport still ‘under study’
Work on the Poipet airport project has yet to start despite the government authorising its development more than a year ago.
— Bangkok Post

Anti-booze activists petition against drink ads
A group of anti-alcohol activists on Thursday submitted a petition demanding that Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang take legal action against alcohol producers that publicly advertise alcoholic beverages, for being in violation of the alcohol control law.
— Bangkok Post

Reduce Crimes Punishable by Death, Attorney Says
The number of crimes punishable by execution in Thai laws should be reduced in an attempt to decrease death row inmates, an attorney who campaigns for the end of capital punishment said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Govt to press ahead with housing plan
The government will press ahead with its 20-year housing development master plan to provide housing for low-income people nationwide, Deputy Prime Minister Jurin Laksanawisit said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-foreign minister Surapong given two-year suspended prison term
Former foreign minister Surapong Tovichakchaikul was today sentenced to a two-year suspended prison term and fined 200,000 baht for abuse of authority, in violation of Section 157 of the Criminal Code, for issuing a passport allowing former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to flee Thailand ahead of the verdict in the Ratchadapisek land case.
— Thai PBS News

World Bank joins ranks of GDP naysayers
Thailand’s GDP growth is expected to be below 3% this year and next, with flagging exports, shrinking farm income and lower Chinese tourist arrivals the main drags on growth momentum, the World Bank says.
— Bangkok Post

EEC opens one-stop service system for investors
In an attempt to attract more investors to Thailand’s Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), the government has launched the EEC One-Stop Service (EEC-OSS) system to speed up the investment application process.
— NNT

Police say log file regulation is not new, ask public not to worry
The Royal Thai Police’s Technology Crime Suppression Division (TCSD) has assured that a regulation requiring coffee shop owners to store the data of customers using their Wi-Fi connections is in line with the law and does not violate users’ privacy.
— NNT

Region 9 chief judge refutes accusation of interference
The Region 9 chief judge, who was accused of interfering in a murder trial over which Yala provincial court chief judge Mr. Khanakorn Pianchana presided, has expressed his regret over the judge’s self-inflicted gunshot wound, but denied that there was any interference.
— Thai PBS News

PM sees Thailand as ASEAN’s digital hub
To help promote small businesses and increase product value to generate more national revenue, the Prime Minister has pledged to fulfill requests from startup businesses to streamline government regulations in order to reduce costs of foreign technology imports.
— NNT

World Economic Forum says lack of critical thinking in Thailand affecting competitiveness
Thailand’s competitiveness ranking has dropped two places in the Global Competitiveness Index just released by the World Economic Forum (WEC) in Switzerland.
— The Thaiger

Engineer volunteers travel to help flood effort
The Engineering Institute of Thailand has sent volunteers to inspect flood-damaged houses and buildings in Ubon Ratchathani province.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya Mayor gives one year in position state of the city address, says Neo Pattaya, as a business hub, is the future of the city
September 25th was the one year anniversary for the Mayor of Pattaya and he addressed movers and shakers and the city council, as well as the press, in Pattaya yesterday in a detailed state of Pattaya address.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand begins renewed crackdown on Vaping following crackdown in the United States
Thailand has begun, once again, to focus heavily on vaping and penalizing those who use and sell the devices and liquid.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya residents complain about 30 years of electric and water problems in local community!
Locals in Pattaya have complained to The Pattaya News and other local media today regarding water and electric problems in their village in Pattaya for many years.
— The Pattaya News

Sanjaithai campaign continues 36th session
The Sanjaithai Sujaitai campaign has begun its 36th session, providing an exchange program for southern youths to learn more about the culture of their Bangkok host family and grow up as good citizens.
— NNT

Regional cultural media production workshop
TV producers from 12 countries are preparing to produce documentaries on life, wisdom, and culture, all of which will be broadcast in Thailand on NBT. The Thai producers will be making a documentary on Thai Rice, presenting Thai culture to international audiences.The National Broadcasting Services of Thailand Director Dusit Singkhiri, …
— NNT

24 rare diseases added to UHC scheme
The board of the National Health Security Office (NHSO) on Thursday agreed to include 24 rare but severe diseases into the universal health coverage scheme.
— Bangkok Post

No. 8 Bus Driver Fired After Ignoring Railway Crossing
A bus driver for the notoriously dangerous No. 8 route was sacked for slamming his way past level crossing barriers in Bangkok earlier this week, transportation officials said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Two marine parks in southern Thailand declared ASEAN heritage parks
Two national parks in southern Thailand have been recognized as ASEAN heritage parks at this week’s 15th ASEAN environment ministers’ meeting in Cambodia’s resort town of Siem Reap.
— Thai PBS News

Charoen’s property IPO steady on debut
Share price of newly SET-listed Asset World Corp Plc (AWC), a property arm of billionaire Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, edged up slightly during its first trading day for what is considered the country’s biggest IPO of an individual company.
— Bangkok Post

PM to meet Ubon Ratchathani flood victims tomorrow
Government Spokesperson Narumon Pinyosinwat says the Prime Minister and Minister of Defence Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will be visiting Ubon Ratchathani province tomorrow to observe and follow up on restoration operations, compensation distribution, water treatment, housing and infrastructure repairs and to meet with disaster victims.
— NNT

4m people attend first 12 days of Chim Shop Chai campaign
The government’s sort-term economic stimulus Chim Shop Chai – Eat Shop Spend campaign, which offers a 1,000 baht allowance for domestic travel by 10 million people, has received overwhelming feedback with people signing up every day.
— NNT

ASEAN Day for Disaster Management activities
The restoration and reinforcement of disaster management protocols have been among the top priorities of the government, which has this year focused on the promotion of disaster management and prevention awareness at schools and hospitals.
— NNT

True Digital Park’s “Togetherness of Possibilities” drives digital transformation in Thailand
By bringing together Southeast Asia’s best, Thailand is geared for great things in the digital space It’s no secret that the startup ecosystem in Southeast Asia is growing at a rapid rate.
— e27

Thief gets away with 50 phones and gold in Bangkok
INN News A thief has snatched over 50 smartphones and 76 grams of gold at a phone shop in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Health Insurance Will Be Mandatory for Retiree Visa Holders
Foreigners entering Thailand with a retiree stay visa will soon have to buy their mandatory health insurance, a health official said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

They’ll Make Love to You: Boyz II Men Coming to Bangkok
Office ladies everywhere, get ready to swoon to the sumptuous slow jams of legendary R&B band Boyz II Men, who are coming to Bangkok this December.
— Khaosod English

Thailand hosts ASEAN Statistictical Committee Session
The 9th Session of the ASEAN Community’s Statistical Committee or ACSS has been launched to strengthen the statistical capacity of ASEAN Member States and support the data sustainablity of ASEAN Community.
— NNT

Titans of Thai fishing collaborate to tackle slavery
SAMUT SAKHON: Zin Mar was a housewife in the Myanmar city of Bago when she saw an advertisement for a job at Thai Union Group, a global seafood supplier and the world’s biggest producer of packaged tuna.
— Bangkok Post

Sweetness & Power (17) – “Smart Farming” sugar plan crashes into bitter reality
An analysis of Thailand’s sugar industry hampered by low world sugar prices, farmers consistently growing at a loss, and local opposition to new sugar mills as the government champions “Smart Farming,” an 80 percent increase of sugarcane production by 2026, and 29 new mills in the Northeast.
— Isaan Record

BoT clarifies loans under debt restructuring scheme
The Bank of Thailand insists that banks, under the new financial accounting standard, can extend fresh working capital loans to commercial loan defaulters who are in the debt restructuring process without loan-loss provision requirements for the new loans.
— Bangkok Post

State agencies to become digitalised by 2022
The government aims to transform all state agencies to become fully digitalised within three years.
— Bangkok Post

National divide and deep-South volatility threaten to converge
The seeds of Thailand’s two biggest troubles – the political divide and insurgency in the deep South – were apparently sowed in 2001. That year, national politics went past the…
— Thai PBS News

The business of medical cannabis and how it might change in the next few years
For decades, cannabis and related products had been legally banned throughout Southeastern Asia, including Thailand. Even CBD oil, a non-psychoactive and virtually harmless cannabis product was illegal.
— e27

BoT unswayed by LTV relaxation requests
Even though property developers have asked for a relaxation of loan-to-value (LTV) regulations, the Bank of Thailand sees no need to do so.
— Bangkok Post property

Pattaya receives certificate award for excellent quality Garbage and Waste Management
Pattaya has received a certificate for good quality garbage and waste management from the Provincial government.
— The Pattaya News

Locked and Loaded: Thai Cops Join ‘Tetris Challenge’
The police in northern Thailand arrested the attention of netizens nationwide after they tried their hand at the “Tetris Challenge,” the latest global internet craze.
— Khaosod English

PRD briefs media on Royal Barge Procession broadcast
The Public Relations Department has held a seminar for members of the media to ensure the accuracy of information.
— NNT

Weekend train excursions to Pa Sak Jolasid dam from Nov 16
The State Railway of Thailand will operate special holiday trains from Bangkok to Pa Sak Jolasid Dam in Lop Buri from next month. Bookings open on Friday.
— Bangkok Post travel

Phuket drug dealer arrested in Chalong with half a kilo of ice
A 35 year old Phuket man, Suwat Kaewtaworn, is currently in custody after being arrested yesterday with 521 grams (half a kilogram) of crystal methamphetamine.
— The Thaiger

Royalist Coup Leaders Honored at Army Hall of Fame
History buffs are left scratching their heads on Wednesday after it surfaced that two halls in the army’s museum are named after royalist rebels who attempted to overthrow an elected government eight decades ago.
— Khaosod English

Supreme Court president asked to probe Supreme Court acquittal of 6 police over drug suspect’s murder
The mother of one of the 2,500 dead victims of the war on drugs, launched 14 years ago by the government of then Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, has lodged a…
— Thai PBS News

Why SEA governments should adopt blockchain
Blockchain is becoming the technology platform of choice of many newly-founded startups for a variety of reasons.
— e27

Interview: Military Surveillance Turning Thailand into ‘1984’
BANGKOK — Giving a surveillance agency run by the armed forces a free rein in national security issues risks turning Thailand into a totalitarian state, a political scientist warned in an interview.
— Khaosod English

Big C opens first supermarket in Cambodia
Big C Poipet had its soft opening on Saturday, the company announced on its Facebook page.
— Bangkok Post

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

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