Thailand morning news for September 24

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Thailand morning news for September 24

Thailand morning newsThailand spends 560 million USD on EEC development
The Thai government plans to allocate 17 billion baht (560 million USD) for the development of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in fiscal 2020, according to Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general to Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Vietnam+

CP given airport link ultimatum
The Charoen Pokphand Group (CP)-led consortium, winner of the bid to build the 224-billion-baht high-speed railway linking three airports, will be told to sign the contract on Oct 15 or face a fine for failing to honour the terms of the bid.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s rice exports troubled by strong baht
Thai rice exports are likely to stay below targets as the strong baht weakens competitiveness in the world market.
— Vietnam+

August factory output seen falling 3.6% y-o-y
Thailand’s annual manufacturing output in August is expected to have dropped at a faster pace than in the previous month, a Reuters poll showed on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Applications for VAT refund agents to open
The Revenue Department is set to open applications for permanent downtown value-added tax (VAT) refund agents after satisfactory outcomes during a trial run, with higher sales from VAT-free shops to tourists.
— Bangkok Post

The RTN delays frigate from South Korea in favor of Chinese landing ship
The Royal Thai Navy has ordered a delay in the building of the second multi-purpose frigate, by South Korean shipbuilder Daewoo, because it wants a landing ship to be delivered first for use in disaster relief operations and as a support ship for its submarine.
— Thai PBS News

Airports of Thailand plans to auction duty-free pick-up counters
Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) on Monday said it would operate and auction off duty free pick-up counters to increase its airport and tourism revenue.

China-Thailand Submarine Deal in the Headlines with Keel-Laying Ceremony
Earlier this month, a keel-laying ceremony was held in China for the first submarine ordered by Thailand in a landmark deal that initially made the headlines back in mid-2015.
— The Diplomat

Exhibition on the Royal Barge Procession
The Royal Thai Navy will hold an exhibition on the Royal Barge Procession in honor of His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua (Rama X) on the occasion of his Coronation in 2019.
— Thailand government PRD

Durians from Thailand may lose market share in 5 to 10 years
According to statistics released by the Ministry of Commerce of Thailand, Thailand exported, during the period between January and April this year, a total of 668 million US dollars worth of fresh fruit to China, an increase of 152.7%.
— Fresh Plaza

Shake-up at the top in Thai state enterprises – Transport Minister
In a major management shakeup in Thai state enterprises, the transport minister has now appointed a new chairmen to the boards of the Port Authority of Thailand, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), the Mass Rapid Transit Authority of Thailand (MRTA) and the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMA).
— The Thaiger

Sizzler Thailand now has plant-based steaks, burgers and chili dogs on its menu
Sizzler, the budget-friendly steakhouse chain from California, has just altered its traditionally meat-heavy menu in a major way: Starting today, its restaurants in Thailand are serving meat-free, plant-based entrees that will ensure customers — be they carnivores, vegans, vegetarians or flexitarians — can walk away with full stomachs.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Air unhealthy in 5 southern provinces
Smoke haze from Indonesian forest fires was again at unsafe levels in five lower southern provinces on Monday, and could remain that way until late next month, authorities warned.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai threatens to expose government’s bid to lure its MPs to defect
The Pheu Thai party has threatened to expose the government’s various attempts, including financial offers and intimidation, to lure its MPs to defect to the Palang Pracharat Party.
— Thai PBS News

Defense Dialogue Puts Vietnam-Thailand Security Ties into Focus
The latest iteration of the interaction highlighted the areas of defense collaboration both sides are looking to make inroads on.
— The Diplomat (paywall)

Suicides prompt police to let officers seek hometown duty
Police officers can now request to be stationed in their home provinces, in a move to reduce stress levels thought to be the main reason four policemen took their own lives in the past four months, deputy police spokesman Kissana Phathanacharoen said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Bitkub, Bitcoin and Bangkok: Thailand’s cryptocurrency exchange raises pre-series A round
With the objective to bridge the gap between blockchain, cryptocurrency services and non-tech users Biktub wants to be the most trusted and easy-to-use cryptocurrency exchange in Thailand.
— E27

Flood donations abused, Bin admits
Actor and volunteer rescue worker Bin Bunluerit must ensure that flood relief cash donations he received from the public are not abused, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

No gains for Bangkok land
Bangkok land prices are expected to stay flat or drop this year for the first time in over a decade, largely because of the economic slowdown and the Land and Buildings Tax set to take effect early next year, say property analysts.
— Bangkok Post

Prawit ready to welcome 14 rebel MPs
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has welcomed the idea of 14 MPs from the Pheu Thai Party agreeing to vote in support of the government in important motions and legislation in parliament.
— Bangkok Post

Vichai’s estate sued over chopper crash compensation
The parents of a victim in the helicopter crash which killed Leicester City soccer club owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, is suing the deceased tycoon’s family for 300 million baht in a civil suit.
— Bangkok Post

Handout scheme reaches 1m quota
The government’s 1,000-baht cash giveaway and the 15%-cash rebate scheme received overwhelming support from people on the first day of registration, with the first million recipients signing up in less than 14 hours.
— Bangkok Post

The Dramatic Growth of Methamphetamine Production in the Mekong Region
In recent years, countries in the Mekong region have faced over-supply of methamphetamine from the Golden Triangle. Especially Crystal meth and “Yaba” a methamphetamine pill.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thanathorn party loan ‘may be legal’
Future Forward Party (FFP) leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit might be spared punishment if the law does not cover his alleged offence in his loan case, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam hinted on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Southern Thailand, including Phuket and Hat Yai, shrouded in haze caused by Indonesian fires
Several parts of southern Thailand were shrouded in haze caused by forest fires in Indonesia on Monday (Sept 23), with air quality reaching “unhealthy” levels in Phuket and Hat Yai.
— The Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thailand Shuttered a Notorious Tiger Zoo, but the Problem Has Only Gotten Worse
When Thai park rangers raided a popular zoo famous for letting visitors feed and handle tigers, their grisly haul three years ago shocked the world: 1,600 tiger parts, including pelts, amulets fashioned from skins, scores of teeth, 40 dead cubs found in a freezer and 20 more preserved in jars.
— New York TImes (paywall)

Local Volunteers clean up Soi 4 Pratumnak for World Clean up Day
Over the weekend, several organizations and groups came together to give back to the local community by cleaning up a massive amount of trash on Soi 4 in Pratumnak.
— The Pattaya News

Saksayam backs down from board purge
Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob has backed down from his plan to replace board chairmen at Thai Airways International (THAI) and Airports Authority of Thailand (AOT).
— Bangkok Post

Clean the Beach Boot Camp takes on Nai Harn Beach on World Clean Up Day
A very special Clean The Beach Boot Camp (CBBC) took place on last Saturday in support World Clean Up Day.
— The Thaiger

US tariffs spur China interest in Thai manufacturing sites
More Chinese manufacturers are looking to Thailand as a production base to avoid US tariffs, based on trends in demand for the Southeast Asian nation’s industrial estates.
— Bangkok Post

Lesson for Thailand: How a small Danish island ends fossil fuel use
The first thing visitors approaching the small Danish island of Samso would notice are the white wind turbines rising out of the sea waters.
— Thai PBS News

Central bank seen holding key rate amid soft growth, strong baht
The central bank is expected to leave its benchmark interest rate steady on Wednesday after last month’s cut, a Reuters poll showed, despite slow growth, a strong baht, below-target inflation and policy easing moves by other central banks.
— Bangkok Post

Southern haze keeps Trang fishermen at bay
Poor visibility from thick haze has grounded the boats of coastal fishermen in this southern province, forcing them to stay ashore for safety.
— Bangkok Post

No Standing Zones are driving away tourists – Jomtien Beach
New ‘no parking zones’ along a section of Jomtien Beach in Pattaya are turning off drivers stopping for a quick treat from roadside vendors and local traders, according to the Pattaya Mail.
— The Thaiger

Haze from Indonesia’s forest fires spreads into Trang province
Haze, caused by Indonesia’s forest fires, has spread to Trang, another southern Thai province on the western coast, prompting provincial authorities to warn people in the province to wear face…
— Thai PBS News

Thai business community urges more action against fake goods
A group from the Thai business community in Cambodia has urged the government to crack down on those selling counterfeits of products made in Thailand in the kingdom.
— Bangkok Post

Two MPs on ONACC’s watch list for inflating value of Lek Lai and Buddha amulets in declaration
The Office of the National Anti-Corruption Commission has placed Palang Thai Rak Thai party leader Kathathep Techadetruangkul, who declared two magnetite pieces as assets worth about one billion baht, on a watch list.
— Thai PBS News

New province joins 1st-tier tourism ranks
Nakhon Si Thammarat will not be second-tier anymore, as the province is set to receive some 4 million tourists this year, meeting first-tier province criteria set by the state.
— Bangkok Post travel

Phuket health officials issue haze warning, free masks issued
he chief of the Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) has issued a health advisory over the Indonesian forest fire haze that has blanketed Phuket since yesterday.
— The Phuket News

One million people register on first day of Chim-Shop-Chai program today
A total of a million people have registered to join the government’s Chim-Shop-Chai (Taste-Shop-Spend) program, under which each of them will receive a 1,000 baht giveaway to be spent between September 27th and November 30th, on the first day.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand: Bird Singing Competition Attracts Thousands Of Participants
Thousands of birds from South East Asia took part in Thailand’s unique annual bird singing competition which was held in Ruesco district in the southern province of Narathiwat this weekend.
— Republic


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