Thailand morning news for October 30

Thailand morning news for October 30

Thailand morning news

Gen Prawit confident of security arrangements for ASEAN summit
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of security affairs, General Prawit Wongsuwan, has confidence in the security measures for ASEAN leaders, their dialogue partners and delegates attending the 35th ASEAN summit in Bangkok from November 2nd to 4th.
— Thai PBS News

Sept factory output plummets
The manufacturing production index (MPI) for September fell 4.7% from a year earlier, dragged down by lower production of cars, petroleum and rubber, the industry ministry said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

PrEP pre exposure HIV prevention medicine increases in popularity in Thailand
The Thai Red Cross Society has held a seminar following up on PrEP pre-exposure HIV prevention medicine services in Thailand, where the drugs are offered to persons in risk groups, helping them prevent becoming infected.
— The Pattaya News

Prayut ‘to take responsibility’ for mine closure
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he will take responsibility for the dispute with an Australian company involving a gold mine he shut down three years ago, but has yet to make the decision.
— Bangkok Post

Suffering unseen: The dark truth behind wildlife tourism
For $10, tourists can pose with this tiger at Phuket Zoo, in Thailand. Examples of souvenir photos are displayed here on a poster board. The tiger is held by a short chain and can’t stand up. Tigers may be declawed, or even drugged, to protect people around them.
–National Geographic

Thai king fires more officials for ‘extremely evil’ conduct, poor performance
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has fired four more officials, two palace announcements said on Tuesday, the latest shake up after the sacking of the king’s royal consort last week.
— Reuters

Thailand, U.S. to hold talk on planned suspension to tariff-free trade early next month: Thai FM
Thailand’s Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit will meet with U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross for talk on a planned suspension to U.S. tariff-free imports early next month, a senior government official said on Tuesday.
— Xinhuanet

Labour minister calls meeting after U.S. GSP cut
The Labour Ministry has met with its officials to discuss solutions to the U.S.’ decision to suspend the privilege of the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) to Thailand, which subjecting all Thai exports to the U.S. to duties.
— Newsline (video)

The police and foreign affair ministry ready for Asean summit
The Royal Thai Police has indicated its readiness to provide security and facilitate road traffic for participants of the upcoming 35th ASEAN Summit being held from October 31st to November 4th.
— Newsline (video)

Xayaburi Dam Opens in Laos Sparking Protests in Thailand
The first hydro-power dam on the lower Mekong River began commercial operations in Laos on Tuesday. The opening sparked protests from Thai villagers who say the Xayaburi Dam will destroy their livelihoods.
— Chiang Rai Times

Reduction in level of disaster management in four northeastern provinces
The National Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Committee has scaled down its disaster management level in the northeastern provinces of Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, Si Sa Ket, and Roi Et, but assured residents that further assistance will still be provided by local government agencies.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Faces U.S. Pushback Over Ban of Roundup Pesticide (2)
The U.S. is pushing back on Thailand’s plan to ban chemicals including glyphosate, which multiple U.S. plaintiffs allege cause cancer, at a time of deteriorating trade relations between the two countries.
— Bloomberg Environment

WELCOME TO H’MONG EDUCATION PROJECT
The H’mong education project is a social development project born from the desire to provide greater opportunities to the local community of Meo Vac, namely the H’mong ethnic group.
— Hmong Education Project

Bangkok shrine attack trial faces more delays
More than four years after a bomb attack killed 20 people at a popular shrine in Bangkok, the trial of those charged may have to be restarted.
— Aljazeera

Thai trade-preference loss is a warning for Asean region
Thailand is the latest target of U.S. trade warfare, but may not be the last in Southeast Asia.
— The Edge Markets

Thailand launches ‘fake news’ monitoring hub amid fears it will be used to censor dissent
Thailand is set to open its first centre to combat fake news, a minister said on Tuesday, becoming the latest Asian country to push for greater cyber scrutiny in what activists fear is a smokescreen for targeting critics.
— South China Morning Post

Prayut seeks trade perks fix
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha will meet for talks with US representatives to try to restore Thailand’s suspended trade benefits at the 35th Asean Summit in Bangkok next month, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Woman in botched insider-trading case ‘at large in Thailand’
A woman charged in the US with involvement in a global insider-trading ring is at large in Thailand after being arrested in the UK three years ago in connection with a similar investigation, the US has said.
— Bangkok Post

Asean rail upgrades a summit priority
Proposals to improve Asean’s rail system and rail connectivity to meet international standards will be discussed at this weekend’s Asean Summit, State Railway of Thailand (SRT) acting governor Worawut Mala said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai woman tortured, murdered by driver who plundered ฿40 million from her bank accounts
A provincial court has issued an arrest warrant for 39-year-old Withun Sitabut who as recently as Monday, after the murdered woman’s body was discovered, was still withdrawing money from her bank accounts.
— ThaiExaminer.com

Thailand to consider closing Hat Yai, Chiang Rai airports
Airports of Thailand (AOT) president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn says that AOT is considering closing two of its six airports that are seeing reduced use, namely Hat Yai International Airport in Songkhla province and Mae Fah Luang – Chiang Rai International Airport.
— Asia One

Army returns Prem’s home
The home of late Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda will be returned via the army to the Royal Household Bureau on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: exhibition on royal barge procession opens
An exhibition on the royal barge procession is taking place from October 25 to November 11 at Sanam Luang, Bangkok.
— Vietnamplus

World Bank certifies MEA as 6th fastest electricity service provider in the world
Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA) Governor Mr. Kirapat Jiamset revealed on 25 October 2019 the results of The World Bank’s Ease of Doing Business 2020 via teleconference streamed from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
— Bangkok Post

Over 80 tons of Indonesian coconut seized
The Department of Agriculture has seized over 80 tons of Indonesian coconuts being shipped into Thailand, saying the importation of these tropical fruits was not done according to the country’s import-export law.
— Newsline (video)

Not enough holidays, Thailand? Fine, you get one more in December!
In news to elicit cheers from the laboring underclass (like us), the Thai government this afternoon has just declared another national holiday in December.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019: ASEAN Connectivity opens
Thai Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has presided over the opening of “Digital Thailand Big Bang 2019: ASEAN Connectivity”, an international exhibition aimed at encouraging all sides to use using digital technology to benefit all sides and promote cybersecurity.
— Vietnamplus

BioGreen-Sate micro-organism may replace paraquat and glyphosate
Micro-organisms may offer an alternative to weed the killers paraquat and glyphosate for farmers, according to Mr. Worayut Boonmee, head of the Office of Policy and Technology for Sustainable Agriculture.
— Thai PBS News

Government promoting “active ageing” for Thailand’s elderly
Deputy government spokesperson Ratchada Thanadirek says that as of 2018, the number of Thai citizens who are aged over 60 is 12 million, or 18% of the population as a whole.
— The Thaiger

Commerce Ministry will appeal US GSP decision
Thailand will ask the United States to reconsider removal of trade preferences for Thai exports under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), according to the Ministry of Commerce.
— The Thaiger

Homeless elderly woman in Chonburi searches for her son
A homeless elderly woman in Chonburi is hoping to see her son again. The elderly woman and a homeless male friend have lived in Baan Suan – Settakit 16 Soi 1- in Mueang Chonburi for quite some time now. They are living in a shack made from garbage and items found on the street.
— The Pattaya News

Chuan apparently rebukes Seripisut for overstepping authority by inviting PM for questioning
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has apparently rebuked House anti-corruption committee chairman Seripisut Temiyavet for overstepping his authority when he invited Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan for questioning about the legitimacy of the government, in the light of the Prime Minister’s incomplete recital of an oath at the swearing-in ceremony.
— Thai PBS News

New Mekong dam in Laos opens to protests, dried-out downstream
The first hydropower dam on the lower Mekong River began commercial operations in Laos on Tuesday amid protests from Thai villagers who say the Xayaburi Dam and several others in the works will destroy their livelihoods.
— Bangkok Post

Thai challenges: The major industry barriers to product commercialisation revealed
An expert in the Thai food and beverage industry has weighed in on major barriers that local firms and food researchers with commercial aims face when it comes to commercialising products, particularly centred around a lack of overall understanding of the sector.
— Food navigator-asia

Warrant issued for millionairess murder
The Hot Provincial Court has issued an arrest warrant on Tuesday for a key suspect in the murder of Wannee Jiracharoenying, 58, whose decomposing body was found in a refrigerator at a house in Chiang Mai’s Chom Thong district on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves new water management guidelines
The cabinet has approved a package of draft ministerial regulations necessary for enhancing cooperation in water resource management and better handling of flood and drought crises, according to the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR).
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves Dec 30 as additional NY holiday
The cabinet has approved Dec 30, a Monday, as an additional holiday, bringing the New Year long weekend to five days – Dec 28 to Jan 1 inclusive.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket to get new tourist attraction theme park
From next year, Phuket will have a new tourist attraction, in the form of a theme park called Carnival Magic.
— The Thaiger

TSTH wins high-speed rail tender
SET-listed Tata Steel Thailand Plc (TSTH), the local unit of India’s largest steel maker, has won a bid to supply steel products for a high-speed rail project from Bangkok to Nakhon Ratchasima spanning a distance of 253 kilometres.
— Bangkok Post

2 Palace Retainers Fired for ‘Adultery’
His Majesty the King on Tuesday fired two royal retainers on the grounds of grave misconduct and “adultery.”
— Khaosod English

2nd friendship bridge to open tomorrow
Tak: Local businesses are optimistic that the second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, which is set to open tomorrow, will boost cross-border trade.
— Bangkok Post

Bus driver fired for punching passenger with a bicycle
A local bus driver has been sacked for assaulting a foreigner who had boarded his bus carrying a bicycle on Saturday. His employer blamed the incident on a miscommunication.
— Bangkok Post

Fake Showbiz Socialite ‘Mae Manee’ Wanted for Massive Scam
Police are on the hunt for a woman suspected to be at the head of a large-scale ponzi scheme that allegedly scammed hundreds of people out of billions of baht.
— Khaosod English

Ambulance driver arrested in north-east Thailand for being on drugs
A 30 year old ambulance driver has been taken into custody after he was found to be under the influence of narcotics while on duty.
— The Thaiger

Protest at sacking of school director
Teachers, present and former students and parents gathered at Bangkok Christian College yesterday (October 28) to protest the suspension of school director Supakit Jitklongsap, who they say was dismissed unfairly.
— The Thaiger

Burglar dies after jumping from Phuket apartment
A man fell to his death from an apartment building onto the awning of a shop below in Thalang district after breaking into an apartment early on Tuesday morning.
— Bangkok Post

 

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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.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots 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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