Thailand morning news for October 9

Thailand morning news for October 9

Thailand morning news

Five more Thai elephants die in waterfall plunge
Five more wild elephants in Thailand died in a plunge from the top of a waterfall, drone footage released on Tuesday (Oct 8) showed, bringing the death toll to 11, including a three-year-old calf.

Thailand arrests man amid #royalmotorcade controversy
Thai authorities have arrested and charged a man for posting inappropriate content online, cyber police said on Tuesday (Oct 8), as the man’s lawyer denied reports his client had criticised the royal family.

Cabinet endorses draft budget for fiscal 2020 budget
The Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, says that a meeting of the cabinet ministers today approved the draft budget for fiscal 2020, and insisted that the amount can be increased or decreased.

Alcohol sales ban in Thailand now official, Sunday, October 13th, 2019
An alcohol sales ban has officially been announced by the government this upcoming Sunday, October 13th, 2019. This day marks the end of Buddhist Lent as well as the third anniversary of the death of His Royal Majesty King Rama IX.
— The Pattaya News

Mananya hurries ban for chemicals
Monday’s recommendation by a four-party panel to ban three toxic farming chemicals could reach the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC), the authority which can turn it into law, as soon as this week, says Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Mananya Thaiset.
— Bangkok Post

Weatherman forecasts cold weather in December and January
Dust off your winter clothing in preparation for the arrival of the cold season at the end of this year, as the mercury in thermometers across the country, is predicted to fall substantially, including in Bangkok where temperatures may drop to 15-17 degrees Celsius in December and January.
— Thai PBS News

Chemical ban to take effect in December
The much discussed banning of the use of three farm chemicals, namely paraquat, glyphosate and chlorpyrifos, has made progress after a meeting of government officials, chemical importers, farmers and consumers agreed that a ban would take effect from December 1. However, the resolution has first to receive approval from the National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC).

Digital Economy and Society Ministry’s WiFi demand draws flak
The Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry’s demand that all cafes store data passing through their WiFi connections has drawn flak from shop owners, especially small-scale operators, who said the measure would impose a financial burden on them, including server expense.
— Bangkok Post

Meet Lilly, Thailand’s answer to Greta Thunberg
Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has inspired students all around the world to call on leaders to do more to fight climate change.
— France24 (video)

Taste Shop Spend Campaign Phase 2 not offering free money
After overwhelming feedback from the Taste Shop Spend campaign, the Minister of Finance has confirmed the campaign will be extended into Phase 2 with criteria and regulations adjusted to attract more persons with purchasing power to spend their own money, without offering a 1,000 per person allowance as in the first phase.

CP Group, SRT signing of train contract again deferred
The signing of a 224 billion baht contract between the State Railway of Thailand and Charoen Pokphand (CP) Group faces another delay following the resignation of the entire SRT board only two weeks before the scheduled closure.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand moves closer to ban on toxic farm chemicals as concerns about food safety and human health grow
A toxic mist had descended as Somkid Sukchai walked through rows of sugarcane crops close to his home. A white dew dripped off the leaves of weeds growing along the way. It was a poisonous route.

IMF sees Thai growth rate at 2.9% this year, 3.0% in 2020
Thailand’s economic growth rate could slow to 2.9% this year and be 3.0% in 2020, reflecting external and domestic headwinds, the International Monetary Fund said.
— Bangkok Post

Ubon Ratchathani to recover from floods this month
The water level in Ubon Ratchathani has now receded to 1.5 meters below the top of the riverbank, after the city was faced with severe flooding for a month.

Bank of Thailand has limited scope to curb baht: World Bank
The Bank of Thailand has limited scope to tackle baht strength but the currency’s climb is a sign of investor confidence in the country’s economic fundamentals, according to the World Bank.
— Bangkok Post

Governors told to hold merit-making ceremony on October 13th in memory of late King Bhumibol
All provincial governors have been notified by the Ministry of Interior to hold a merit-making ceremony at each respective provincial hall, or other appropriate venues, to commemorate the late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 13th, which marks the day of the passing of the beloved monarch.
— Thai PBS News

Developers dropping prices to shift units
New condo projects being launched in the final quarter of the year should offer prices below market value and match customer needs if they want a good sales rate, suggests a property consultant.
— Bangkok Post property

Boxing legend Jeff Fenech undergoes marathon heart surgery in Thailand
Australian boxing legend Jeff Fenech has successfully undergone lifesaving surgery overnight to replace an infected heart valve.
— 9News (video)

Lottery office leads in revenue remittance
State enterprises’ revenue remittance exceeded the target by 1% for fiscal 2019, with the Government Lottery Office (GLO) contributing the most income to state coffers.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers to be asked not to plant second rice crop due to water shortage
Farmers in the Chao Phraya River basin may not be able to plant their second rice crop for the 2019-20 season due to insufficient water to meet the demand.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward Party to pitch amendments to trial laws
Future Forward Party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul says he will raise the issue of the self-shooting by Judge Khanakorn Pianchana at a meeting of the House committee on Legal Affairs, Justice, and Human Rights on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Regional chief judges are legally empowered to screen verdicts of junior judges
The spokesman of the court of justice has reiterated that regional chief judges are legally empowered to screen the decisions of the lower courts and to write advisory reviews if…
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet greenlights B24.6bn research budget
The cabinet has approved a budget of 24.6 billion baht to support research and innovation to transition the country into a fully-fledged technology-based society, according to the National Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Policy Council.
— Bangkok Post

Energy ministry sets March target to resolve Chevron dispute
The Energy Ministry said on Tuesday it had set a March target to resolve a $2-billion dispute with US oil-and-gas major Chevron Corp and would make the utmost effort to reach a deal after the company halted arbitration.
— Bangkok Post

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

Thailand and Germany push global knowledge exchange to rethink Circular Economy
from 25- 27 September 2019 -The Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH in collaboration with the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) organised the “Reduce! Rethinking the Circular Economy: A…
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Says ‘5 More People’ May be Nabbed for Royal Insult
A top official said Tuesday five more people might be arrested in connection with “inappropriate” online comments about the monarchy, in addition to an activist apprehended by the police last night.
— Khaosod English

TCEB casts Thailand as GMS nexus
Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) is set to cast Thailand as the hub of the Greater Mekong Subregion’s (GMS) Mice destinations by promoting two big events next year.
— Bangkok Post

New Patrol Vessel Commissioning Highlights Thailand’s Naval Capabilities
Last week, Thailand commissioned another one of its planned offshore patrol vessels.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

Pro-election activist arrested for allegedly violating Computer Crime Act
A political activist was arrested by police from the Computer Crime Suppression Division at his residence on Monday night, on charges of posting a statement on his Facebook page which is alleged to be in violation of the Computer Crime Act.
— Thai PBS News

Thai police: Belgian reporter was detained over national security concerns
Anurak Jeantawanich A Belgian reporter due to interview an anti-government activist in Thailand, was briefly detained by Immigration and Special Branch officials, police have confirmed.
— The Thaiger

Zoo solves mystery of Chuang Chuang death
When a celebrity giant panda died suddenly last month while on loan to Chiang Mai Zoo, millions of social media users in China demanded to know What killed Chuang Chuang?
— Bangkok Post

Pope’s Open-Air Mass Fully Booked for Thais, But Foreigners Can Still Apply
Seats allocated for Thai worshipers in an upcoming mass to be presided over by Pope Francis at a Bangkok stadium next month are now fully booked, but there is still a chance for foreigners to secure them.
— Khaosod English

Orange Line project hits contract snag
Deputy Prime Minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Tuesday ordered the revision of an investment proposal for the construction and operation of the Orange Line’s 122-billion-baht western section before it is submitted to the cabinet.
— Bangkok Post

Driving License point deduction system to be introduced in December for Thailand
A point deduction system, designed to improve the discipline of drivers, is tentatively scheduled to be introduced for motorists and motorcyclists in mid-December on Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Central Bank ‘sandboxing’ biometrics to open a saving account
The Bank of Thailand’s assistant governor for payment systems policy and financial technology group, Siritida Panomwan, says that 10 commercial banks and non-bank financial institutes were participating in the BoT’s ‘sandbox’ project to test-run biometric technology known as e-kyc (“electronic know your customer”, not a special lubricant gel) to electronically verify the identity of customers.
— The Thaiger

Man stung by scorpion hiding in bag of fruit
A Bangkok man has taken to social media to warn fruit lovers to check fruit thoroughly before eating it, after he was stung by a baby scorpion hiding in a bag of langsat fruit.
— The Thaiger

Thai Airways defends in-flight catering following Facebook complaint
Thailand’s national airline has defended its meal service after an economy class passenger travelling from Bangkok to Sapporo criticised the food served during his flight.
— The Thaiger

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

Tale of two cities – Hua Hin vs Pattaya
Property buyers looking to buy a seaside villa or condo in a coastal town in Thailand, relatively close to Bangkok, confront one question – should I buy a property in Hua Hin or Pattaya?
— The Thaiger

Last night of Phuket vegetarian festival was a blast – VIDEO
Last night (October 7), Phuket local shrines gathered for the final day parades of the Phuket Vegetarian Festival, which took place from September 29 to October 7.
— The Thaiger


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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