Thailand morning news for September 30

Thailand morning news for September 30

Thailand morning news

Horror crash spurs action
Road safety advocates are calling on authorities to enforce road safety regulations more strictly after 13 people were killed when the pickup truck they were riding on overturned Sunday morning.
— Bangkok Post

11 districts in Bangkok have excessive PM2.5 dust particles
Air quality in Bangkok, and its two neighbouring provinces of Samut Prakan and Samut Sakhon, has worsened today (Sunday), with the level of PM2.5 dust particles ranging from 37 to…
— Thai PBS News

Thailand puts 24 provinces on alert in swine fever watch
Thailand has designated 24 provinces as surveillance areas for African swine fever and ordered strict animal controls in hopes of preventing an outbreak of the deadly disease that has hit its neighbors, an agriculture official said on Friday.

Thai Law: Pure Cannabis Oil Is No Longer Considered Narcotic
In an effort to ease medicinal cannabis in Thailand, on August 30, 2019 the Ministry of Public Health promulgated a regulation to declassify cannabidiol (CBD) extracted from cannabis as a narcotic if it has 99% purity or more and contains tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) not exceeding 0.01% by weight.
— Khaosod English

Finance Ministry reports on state of economy for August-Tourism money up, export sector down
The trade war between China and the United States is affecting the Thai export sector resulting in signs of an overall spending slowdown in August, while production improved and the tourism sector reached its highest growth in eight months.
— The Pattaya News

Thanathorn dares DPM Prawit to meet him face-to-face

Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has dared Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to summon him for questioning whether the party might be linked to a protest, by a group of Mexicans and Peruvians, in front of a hotel in New York where Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was staying on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

Hat Yai vegetarian festival begins
The Hat Yai Vegetarian Festival started on Saturday night and will run until Oct 7, with more than 100 shops participating and serving vegetarian food.
— Bangkok Post travel

Low-income workers will be hard hit by a drop of exports
The falling Thai exports will hurt low-income workers the most as manufacturers are expected to hire less and cut overtime employment, affecting the purchasing power of these grassroot segment.
— Thai PBS News

BoI begins railway perks
The Board of Investment (BoI) is offering investment packages for rail operators to support a new supply chain for train and railway components in the future.
— Bangkok Post

Seven districts in Ubon remain flooded
Seven districts of the northeastern province of Ubon Ratchathani remain flooded today, with the flooding in Muang, Warin Chamrap and Sawang Weerawong districts still serious, according to the provincial administration office.
— Thai PBS News

Excessive PM2.5 dust particles in seven districts of Bangkok and Samut Prakan
Dust particles of less than 2.5 microns, which blanketed Bangkok and its peripherals and threatened people’s health late last year, have returned to parts of the capital this morning (Saturday).
— Thai PBS News

New city plan may leave condos pricey
Bangkok condo prices are expected to remain strong despite the new city plan that will enlarge development area for condo projects.
— Bangkok Post

Probe urged into link between Future Forward party and protest against PM in New York
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan said today (Friday) that that an investigation should be launched into whether the Future Forward party was connected with a protest against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in front of his hotel in New York on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS News

Model’s mysterious death is shining a light on Thailand’s entertainment industry
The mysterious death of a young woman in Thailand, whose body was found in the lobby of an apartment building, has gripped the nation and highlighted the risks women who work in the service and promotions industry face.

Beasts of burden: A young elephant’s journey to salvation
In the final part of a series looking at Thailand’s changing relationship with its elephants, CNA visited a park where abused, neglected and elderly elephants can taste freedom.

Superstitious beliefs play a crucial role in Thai consumers and business decisions
Thais don’t only rely on charts and grafts when it comes to financial decisions, but also lucky charm or superstitious objects to encourage them to take risks.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand welcomes Chevron’s resumption of talks to resolve energy dispute
Thailand’s energy minister on Sunday welcomed a decision by U.S. energy company Chevron to continue negotiations rather than seek arbitration to resolve a dispute over who should pay for removing offshore oil and gas platforms.
— Reuters

Princess Sirindhorn receives “Friendship Medal” from President Xi
HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn today received the Medal of Friendship, China’s highest state honor for foreigners, from President Xi Jinping in a ceremony on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.
— Thai PBS News

14 vocational students die in road carnage in Samut Prakan
Fourteen vocational students were killed, and others were seriously injured, when their pick-up truck crashed into a roadside utility power pole and overturned in Bang Phli district of Samut Prakan province early this morning.
— Thai PBS News

Renting a motorbike in Thailand? Have a valid license.
Transport minister Saksayam Chidchob says he’s intent on tackling Thailand’s shameful road toll. Recognising that motorcycles are the main culprit (75% of road deaths in Thailand involve motorcycles and motorbikes), he’s proposing some new laws, at least for tourists at this stage.
— The Thaiger

Watch Out for Carbs and Chemicals During Vegetarian Festival, Health Min Warns
As the annual vegetarian festival kicks off on Saturday, public health officials have warned citizens not to overindulge in carbs.
— Khaosod English

Top 10 scams in Thailand (2019)
Firstly, I should say that just about any hot tourist spot around the world is going to attract people, sometimes greedy locals, who will be specialists at extracting dollars from your pockets.
— The Thaiger

Helmeted Hornbill to be listed as conserved species to save it from hunters
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation intends listing the Helmeted Hornbill (Rhinoplax vigil) as a conserved species to save the rare species from illegal hunting.
— Thai PBS News

Cops expand probe on prostitution ring
Police are hunting for more suspects involved in a gang which preyed on homeless youths around Hua Lamphong railway station, following a crackdown last week which saved a dozen victims who were pressed into prostitution.
— Bangkok Post

MRT starts charging fares on ride to Lak Song
The Blue Line began charging fares to passengers on its extended route from Hua Lamphong to Lak Song stations on Sunday, ending free rides during the trial run.
— Bangkok Post

Is your Thai holiday resort built on indigenous land?
Thailand’s indigenous people risk losing more of their land to hotels and national parks amid an unchecked tourism boom that has marginalised them, human rights groups warned on Friday.
— Bangkok Post travel

High-end housing boosts furniture importer chain
Luxury furniture importer Chanintr Living is spending 180 million baht to add two new stores on Soi Thong Lor and Sukhumvit Soi 26, prompted by confidence of strong demand in the high-end housing segment.
— Bangkok Post property

Singha Estate counts on hotels and offices
SET-listed developer Singha Estate remains confident it can record 20 billion baht in revenue next year, driven by the hospitality business and office sector.
— Bangkok Post property

Incinerator deals draw flak
Activist Srisuwan Janya will on Monday ask the Auditor-General to investigate executives and officials at the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) in connection with two incinerator projects.
— Bangkok Post

Suvarnabhumi villagers still chasing compensation from government after 13 years
Villagers living next to Suvarnabhumi Airport have filed a complaint about the noise from the planes.
— The Thaiger

Thai student held in Egypt for suspected links to IS extremist group
A Thai student is being held by the Egyptian security agency in Cairo on suspicion of having links to the Islamic State (IS) extremist group.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok bus union is opposing plan for private sector operation
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority labour union is voicing its strong objection to the Transport Minister over his plans to contract private companies to operate the city’s bus services, and the shelving plans to procure a fleet of 3,000 new buses.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: Why Hasn’t the Greta Thunberg Effect Hit Thailand?
Why do some people feel so threatened by Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg?
— Khaosod English

Tourism to surge in Phuket during vegetarian festival
Despite the strong value of the Thai baht, an upcoming vegetarian festival in Phuket is expected to attract a large number of Chinese tourists and bring the resort island province about 2 billion baht in tourism-related revenue, said the Phuket Tourist Association, the province’s main association relating to tourism business operators.
— Bangkok Post travel

Striking for Climate Change
We want climate justice, and we want it now The crisis is an emergency. There is no planet-B Lilly and multigeneration environmental activists fight to raise climate change awareness.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok transit map to feature new Grey Line
After Green, Blue, Purple, Yellow, Pink and Brown, it is time for commuters to add Grey to their trips.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok pharmacist wins Miss Thailand
Pharmacist Sireethorn Leigharamwat was crowned Miss Thailand 2019 at Aksra Theatre in Bangkok.
— The Star Online

Chiang Mai karaoke lounges raided over underage hostesses
Four hostesses under the age of 18 have been discovered working at two karaoke lounges in the San Kamphaeng area of Chiang Mai, east of the main city.
— The Thaiger

Stakeholders prepared for B10 shift in January
The Energy Business Department and fuel traders are ready for the mandatory diesel shift from biodiesel B7 to B10 in January.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC amends TV ratings rule
The broadcasting regulator has amended its rule governing the process of seeking a body to run TV viewership ratings after it was blamed for favouring a particular organisation.
— Bangkok Post



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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.

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.

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