Thailand morning news for October 31

Thailand morning news for October 31

Thailand morning news

Thai Civilized party leader may face charges for attempting to bring suspected explosive into Parliament
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has ordered parliamentary legal affairs officials to explore the possibility of taking legal action against Thai Civilized party leader Mongkolkit Suksintharanont for allegedly attempting to smuggle explosives into Parliament to “test the efficiency of security measures”.
— Thai PBS News

Last-minute India demands jeopardise Asian trade pact
India keeps making last-minute requests after it agreed to terms for the world’s largest regional trade agreement, potentially preventing Asian leaders from announcing a breakthrough next week on the 16-nation pact during a summit in Bangkok, people familiar with the situation said.
— Bangkok Post

U.S. set to disappoint Asia with downgraded delegation for Bangkok summits
The United States has downgraded its participation in back-to-back Asia-Pacific summits in Bangkok next week, a move bound to disappoint Asian partners worried by China’s expanding influence.
— Thai PBS News

Court delays chemical ban ruling
The Administrative Court on Wednesday postponed a ruling on a petition seeking an injunction to suspend the ban on three toxic farm chemicals.
— Bangkok Post

Japan trade minister to skip RCEP meeting in Bangkok
Japanese Trade Minister Hiroshi Kajiyama will skip a ministerial meeting on an Asia-wide free trade deal later this week in Bangkok to attend parliamentary deliberations, a Diet committee official said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Anuthin chemical banning cannot be postponed
The government has reiterated that the banning of three dangerous agricultural compounds cannot be postponed, following a request from chemical importers to delay the imposition of the ban for six months.
— Newsline (video)

Success from 34th ASEAN Summit to carry on to 35th ASEAN Summit
At the 34th ASEAN Summit, Thailand, as the host country and ASEAN chair, announced its commitment to build a people-centered ASEAN Community that leaves no one behind and looks to the future on the theme “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability”.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Minister voices concern over Golden Crescent drug trafficking
Thailand’s Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin has voiced concern that smugglers have turned to the so-called Golden Crescent as an alternative source of drugs trafficked to Thailand.
— Khmer Times

EIC Export growth forecast for 2019 is maintained at -2.5%
Although China and the US reached a preliminary trade agreement on October 10-11, 2019, the ongoing trade war should still drag on, pressuring export growth throughout the remainder of the year. Hence, EIC maintains its -2.5% export growth forecast for 2019.
— ThaiExaminer.com

TAT, Unilever tackle marine pollution, trial project to launch in Krabi
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) and Unilever Thailand have signed a memorandum of understanding to run the Tourism to Recycling Actions for the Schools and Homes (Trash) project, starting in Krabi province.
— The Phuket News

Knight Frank sees weak Bangkok condo segment continuing
The Bangkok condominium market during the first half continued to slow, dragged by softer demand from both local and foreign buyers as well as speculative investors, says Knight Frank Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Elon Musk to face trial in December over ‘pedo guy’ slur aimed at British cave rescuer
Elon Musk will go on trial in December for defamation after calling a British caver who rescued a group of trapped Thai children “a pedo guy”.
— Telegraph.co.uk

Tour guide is stung to death by swarm of hornets in front of terrified tourists as he takes them sightseeing in Thailand
Horrified tourists in Thailand watched on as their guide was stung to death by a swarm of hornets that continued to attack his body for four days.
— Daily Mail

Thailand No.2 by women serving as senior execs
Thailand ranks second globally for women represented in senior management, with the highest percentage of female chief financial officers and the third-highest rate of female chief executives, according to a recent report.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s sugarcane oversupply sends prices south
Thailand’s sugarcane farmers are hurting as an oversupply last year has driven prices down.
— Aljazeera

Immigration boss warns of a new crackdown on foreigners flouting Thai laws has only begun
Following a string of arrests involving foreigners involved in criminality on Thailand’s popular southern islands, the Head of Thailand’s immigration Bureau announced this week that a renewed campaign against foreign nationals breaking Thai laws has begun and will be escalated to protect the country’s tourism industry.
— ThaiExaminer.com

Baht vexes tourism groups
A strong baht presents the most pressing challenge for tourism this high season after the currency reached its highest level in six years, say tourism business leaders.
— Bangkok Post

Land and Property Tax Forces Site Owners to Consider Options
The new Land and Property Tax which will be effective from January 2020 onward, is another challenge for the Thai property market.
— Thailand Business News

Australian pears bound for Thailand
This month, Australia saw the departure of the first mixed container of Goulburn River Gold® and Rico® branded pears bound for Thailand.
— Fresh Plaza

Healthcare: Why are Thais worried?
Earlier this week, The ASEAN Post published an article regarding the 2020 Budget in Thailand. In that article, a study by the Super Poll Research Centre was cited in which 1,069 people from a wide range of occupations nationwide were interviewed between 15 and 19 October.
— The Asean Post

Thailand publishes second draft of new chemical law
Thailand’s Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has released a second draft of its proposed new chemical law, which stipulates that overseas companies will be required to appoint only representatives (ORs) based in Thailand.
— Chemical Watch

Thailand bans street liquor ‘yadong’ after toad venom deaths
Street stalls selling traditional herbal moonshine must be watching their backs now as the drink, called yadong, has been declared illegal, and a serious crackdown has been threatened.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Thousands more accuse Thailand’s ‘Mama Manee’ of hustling them
Another 1,800 people have come forward to accuse the woman being called Mama Manee of fleecing them in a massive alleged con since the DSI publicized its investigation yesterday.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Suvit calls for Thailand to embrace 5G fast, or lag behind rivals
Thailand must embrace 5G telecommunication technology or be left behind, Suvit Maesincee, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry considering 3rd round of “Chim-Shop-Chai” scheme
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has praised the “Chim-Shop-Chai” (Eat-Shop-Spend) scheme for its success in stimulating the grass roots economy and has instructed the Finance Ministry to consider launching a third round before the end of this year.
— Thai PBS News

ASEAN Waste Crisis Episode 1
Thailand, Chair of ASEAN in 2019, successfully gained the agreement of all 10 member states for “The Bangkok Declaration on Combating Marine Debris in the ASEAN Region” at the 34th ASEAN Summit in Bangkok. The aim of the joint declaration is to address the problem of marine debris in a serious and sustainable way.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya faces water shortages next year
Pattaya is likely to experience water shortages next year as levels in five major reservoirs in Chon Buri have dropped sharply to only around 32% of capacity.
— Bangkok Post

Manhunt ordered in ‘body in fridge’ case
National police chief Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has ordered a manhunt for a key suspect wanted in connection with the murder of millionaire 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

Thailand hopes new Mae Sot bridge will boost trade with Myanmar
TAK: Thailand is counting on a new bridge connecting with Myanmar to increase border trade between the two countries.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand has 6 months to discuss GSP with US
Thai authorities still have six months to discuss the US decision to suspend tariff exemptions for Thai exports under its Generalised System of Preferences, according to PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— The Thaiger

‘Amazing Asean’ is next chapter in tourism success story
Tourism in Southeast Asia remains healthy despite the global economic slowdown, but this regional success story will only continue if Asean countries ramp up cooperation, experts say.
— Bangkok Post

UPDATE: Cyanide might have been contained in herbal alcohol mixed with toad blood that killed one, injured 12 in Chonburi
Cyanide might have been contained in a herbal alcohol mixed with toad blood after one man has died and over a dozen were injured last week.
— The Pattaya News

Tighter controls expected on the trade in arum roots and saplings
Thailand’s Royal Forest Department is tightening controls on the trade in arum (Amorphophallus) roots and saplings after it was learned that some Chinese traders have stockpiled huge quantities to be sent to China for cultivation.
— Thai PBS News

Second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge officially opens
The second Thai-Myanmar Friendship Bridge, across the Moei River in Mae Sot district of Thailand’s north-western province of Tak, was officially opened to traffic today (Wednesday).
— Thai PBS News

Buri Ram police investigator found hanged
A police investigation chief was found hanged at his official residence in Nang Rong district on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

SCB unscathed by Mae Manee scam
Even though the 400-million-baht Mae Manee ponzi scheme used the same name as a character Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) uses to build customer awareness, the bank insists its reputation has not been affected as victims recognise the difference between the investment fraud scheme and the bank.
— Bangkok Post

PM to assume sole responsibility for Chatree gold mine issue
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha told the cabinet on Tuesday that he will take sole responsibility for the decision he made, as head of the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO), to close down the Chatree gold mine in Phichit province about three years ago and accepts the consequences resulting from the decision.
— Thai PBS News

Man Arrested for Hacking Gov’t Cash Giveaway Website
Police on Tuesday said a man was arrested for allegedly launching a cyberattack on the registration website for a government cash handout program.
— Khaosod English

Brr! Thai Halloween to Be Slightly Cooler With ‘Matmo Storm’
The approaching Matmo tropical storm will expend the brunt of its powers on our Vietnamese and Cambodian neighbors, resulting in showers over Thailand through Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Paranormal Activities Reported at Late PM’s Residence
Soldiers guarding a mansion where the late former leader Prem Tinsulanonda lived until his death in May said they encountered multiple paranormal activities in recent weeks.
— Khaosod English

Tropical storm Matmo to bring heavy rain to most provinces throughout this week
The Meteorological Department today issued a warning to people in lower Northeast, lower Central, the eastern region and upper South to brace for isolated heavy to very heavy rain today through Saturday due to tropical storm Matmo, which is predicted to make landfall over central Vietnam today.
— Thai PBS News

39 year old being sought by police over gruesome Chiang Mai millionaire murder
The Provincial Court in southern Chiang Mai province has issued an arrest warrant for a key suspect in the murder of 58 year old Wannee Jiracharoenying. Thai police have broken the case of the murder of the estate developer Wannee, whose body was found stuffed into the fridge at her substantial home in Chiang Mai las Sunday evening.
— The Thaiger

PTTOR eyes non-oil growth
PTT Oil and Retail Business Plc (PTTOR) aims to focus more on expansion of non-oil business as this segment generates higher margins.
— Bangkok Post

Elephant Squishes Car in Khao Yai National Park
After a video of a wild elephant squishing a car driving through Khao Yai National Park went viral, park officials Wednesday distributed 10 rules to follow when encountering a wild elephant.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok Bank, PTT lead Thai shares higher
The Thai benchmark advanced 0.7% to lead the pack in the region, underpinned by gains in financial and energy stocks. Bangkok Bank Plc scaled 6% while oil and gas major PTT Exploration and Production Plc rose 3.4% after posting a jump in quarterly net profit.
— Bangkok Post

Direct Bangkok-Sendai flights resume after 5-year hiatus
SENDAI, Japan: Regular direct flights linking Bangkok and Sendai in northeastern Japan have resumed after a hiatus of five and a half years, in what is hoped will be a boon to tourism in the region.
— Bangkok Post

Possessed Krabi drug dealer leads police to his drugs
A drug dealer became ‘possessed’ before leading police to his drugs in Krabi. On October 29, Krabi police arrested two drug dealers, before one of them acted like he was possessed by a spirit and led the police to check his friend’s car to discover even more drugs.
— The Thaiger

Extra day off added to Thailand’s end-of-year holidays
Monday, December 30, has been approved as an additional public holiday, meaning one extra day added to the year-end celebrations as an official day off.
— The Thaiger

Alcohol Control Group urges police crackdown on Halloween Parties involving alcohol promotion
It’s close to midnight, something evil’s lurking from the dark… BOO! It might be the police coming after Halloween Night amazeballs Happy Hour at your favorite bars.
— The Pattaya News

Top 10 must-see things to do in Phuket
Phuket is now a sophisticated tourist destination with so much to see and enjoy on just about any budget. Despite its reputation as a tropical paradise or the infamous Patong nightlife, there is a lot more to enjoy in Phuket these days.
— The Thaiger

 

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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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