Thailand morning news for September 17

Thailand morning news for September 17

Thailand morning news

Urgent energy meeting called after oil price spike
Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong has called an urgent meeting of the Energy Policy Administration Committee on Tuesday to evaluate the oil situation after the global price surge.
— Bangkok Post

Biometrics identify 8 fake passports in 3 days
PHOTO: Workpoint News Thai Immigration Police have been lauding the success using their new Biometrics System at the airports. In 3 days, 8 foreigners have been nabbed using fake passports.
— The Thaiger

Jurin explains income guarantee scheme for farmers
Following cabinet approval of the income guarantee scheme for farmers in five categories, payment of the first round of guaranteed income to oil palm farmers is scheduled for October 1, and that for rice farmers on October 15.

PM opens seminar for govt personnel, seeking to solve problems systematically
Prime Minister/Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, has presided over the opening ceremony of a seminar for government personnel on the implementation of national strategies and the steering of government for the people.

Thai government says they are not ignoring flood victims
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha attaches great importance to the operations designed to alleviate the grievances of flood victims and the government has procedures to compensate them, the government spokeswoman said on Monday.
— The Pattaya News

No disruption to oil imports after Saudi attack: Sontirat
Thailand’s oil imports are not expected to be disrupted following the attack on a Saudi oil facility, Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong has said.
— Bangkok Post

Nam Ngiep 1 Project begins generating electricity for export to Thailand
The project is the latest independent power producer in Laos to become fully operational, according to a press release from the company.
— ANN/Vientiane Times

China lays keel for Thailand’s first S26T submarine
China’s Wuchang Shipbuilding has laid down the keel for the Royal Thai Navy’s (RTN’s) first S26T (Thailand) diesel-electric submarine (SSK).
— Jane’s 360

Thamanat case raises ‘ethics’ queries
Deputy agriculture and cooperatives minister Thamanat Prompow could be removed from the cabinet if it is found that he has an ethics problem, says Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Thai ‘Tiger Temple’ blames government for deaths of rescued tigers
Thailand’s much-criticised Tiger Temple tourist attraction on Monday (Sep 16) blamed the government for the deaths of scores of its tigers seized by authorities in 2016, denying official accounts that the big cats died from inbreeding and disease.

Foreign Office Minister begins 4-day visit to Laos, Cambodia and Thailand
Minister for Asia and the Pacific, Heather Wheeler will discuss strengthening ties with the region, the role of women, climate change and de-mining.
— Gov.Uk

Lilly wages war on Thailand’s plastic
“Mindsets have started to shift this year with the deaths of several marine mammals whose stomachs were lined with plastic, stirring emotions.”
— The Thaiger

Ubon Floods: Death Toll Reaches 33, Including Rescue Worker
Nearly a month of flooding in the Isaan region has claimed 33 lives, including that of a rescue volunteer, the disaster department said Monday. Downpour from the Podul and Kajiki storms has affected more than 418,000 people in 32 provinces, according to the Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation.
— Khaosod English

FTI hopes for further cut in policy interest rate to tame strong Baht
The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) is hoping that the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand will make another cut in the policy interest rate, currently set at 1.5%, to prevent the baht currency from strengthening further.
— Thai PBS World

Future of energy: What Thailand can learn from Finland, Denmark
Besides being among the world’s happiest nations, Finland and Denmark have another thing in common: They are both equally ambitious to become the world’s first carbon-free country.
— Thai PBS World

Giant panda Chuang Chuang dies at Chiang Mai zoo of unknown cause
Chuang Chuang, the giant panda at Chiang Mai’s zoo, which has been the star attraction at the zoo for the past 16 years, died this afternoon of an, as yet, unknown cause.
— Thai PBS World

Trump says almost sure Iran behind Saudi attacks
WASHINGTON – US President Donald Trump said Monday that Iran was likely behind strikes on Saudi oil facilities, but that he wanted to be sure and he hoped to avoid war.
— Bangkok Post

Immigration clarifies confusing notice posted over weekend about exemptions to filing TM28. Education, Business Visas are exempt, retirement, marriage and family are not
Phuket Immigration spoke to the Phuket News today, the first major division of Immigration to do so and clarified the notice posted over the weekend by Immigration that drew a lot of chatter and speculation. They admitted that the notice could be confusing so sought to clarify it.
— The Pattaya News

Industry group calls for further cut in Thai policy interest rate
“Thai private sector, recently adjusted downward the export growth projection for this year to 2.9 – 3%.” The Federation of Thai Industries have their hopes set on the Monetary Policy Committee of the Bank of Thailand making another cut in the policy interest rate, currently set at 1.5%.
— The Thaiger

PSP Specialties celebrates 30 years of success as ASEAN’s leading manufacturer of lubricant products
PSP Specialties Co., Ltd, a fully Thai-owned and managed company, is celebrating 30 years of hard work and success that has led it to become ASEAN’s leading manufacturer of lubricant products.
— Bangkok Post

Half of the Tigers Seized from Tiger Temple Now Dead
Update: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation announced Monday afternoon that the tigers were infected with canine distemper virus, which they might have caught the infection by immune deficiencies from inbreeding.
— Khaosod English

Group Drops ‘Ultraman Buddha’ Charges, But Sees Larger Conspiracy
Hardline Buddhists on Monday they withdrew charges of religious sabotage against a student who depicted Buddha as a Japanese superhero in her now-viral paintings, but vowed legal prosecution will continue.
— Khaosod English

Customs Department to install 23 more X Ray machines on conveyor belts in Suvarnabhumi Airport by end of 2019
Bangkok- The Customs Department plans to install more X-ray machines on conveyor belts to increase the efficiency of the inspection at Suvarnabhumi Airport by the end of 2019.
— The Pattaya News

BoT blames easy loans for household debt woes
Zero-interest unsecured loans and online shopping are blamed for the country’s swelling household debt, says the Bank of Thailand’s chief.
— Bangkok Post

History and Pastries: French Residence Offers Free Tour This Saturday
The historic riverside French Ambassador’s Residence will be open to the general public on Saturday in celebration of the first time a Siamese Envoy visited France.
— Khaosod English

Tears at Bangkok memorial for murdered activist
BANGKOK: The wife of a murdered activist whose charred remains were found dumped in a Thai reservoir led an emotional memorial on Monday (Sep 16), saying their five young children had been left bereft by his death.

Letter Shows Cops Asked University to Monitor Muslim Students
A former human rights commissioner on Monday urged police to explain a police letter requesting an unnamed university to count and monitor Muslim students at its campus.
— Khaosod English

Jasmine boss likely be disqualified
Pete Bodharamik, CEO of Jasmine International Plc (JAS), will likely be disqualified as director and executive after the securities regulator took civil action against him for insider trading.
— Bangkok Post

‘CRIMES’ database to go online Oct 1
The court, prosecution and police will soon be linked by a single online database which helps ensure accuracy and improve efficiency in legal proceedings, according to the Office of the Court of Justice (OCJ).
— Bangkok Post

Tour company owner arrested over non-delivery of discount luxury airline tickets
if it sounds too goof to be true, it probably is, especially when it comes to airline ticket scams. The Thai Crime Suppression Division Police have arrested a tour company owner wanted over 6 arrest warrants.
— The Thaiger

Pope’s Visit to Thailand Will Also Be a Family Reunion
Catholics in Thailand are celebrating the official announcement of the first papal visit in 35 years, but one 77-year-old nun in a far-flung corner of the country has a connection that makes the occasion particularly special.
— Khaosod English

Incessant rains trigger floods in Thailand and India
Ferry services to and from the flood-hit Thai island of Koh Chang have resumed, as water levels subside and local teams begin patching up damage caused to roads, homes and bridges.
— Al Jazeera



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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.

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