Thailand morning news for April 11

Thailand morning news for April  11

Thailand morning news

One person leaps to death after blaze breaks out at busy Bangkok shopping centre: police
Two people were killed, including a person who jumped to their death, and more than a dozen were injured after a fire broke out at one of Bangkok’s busiest shopping malls on Wednesday evening, officials said.

Probe begins into fatal CentralWorld blaze
Authorities have launched an investigation into the cause of a fire at the CentralWorld shopping complex in the Ratchaprasong area yesterday evening that claimed two lives.
— Bangkok Post

Post-poll woes hit investor confidence
Investor confidence for the three months to June has dropped by more than 17%, falling back into neutral territory as post-election government stability proved to be the biggest drag.
— Bangkok Post

Investors ’confident’ in political situation, stock market volatility ’short term’
Results from an opinion survey on the confidence of investors in the Thai capital market during the next three months show a stable trend due to several factors, including the trade war between the United States and China, while current political uncertainty in the country is expected to be short-lived.

Deputy police chief denies foreign diplomats present at Thanathorn interrogation
The deputy national police commissioner is denying that a group of foreign diplomats were present at a questioning session when the Future Forward party leader reported to Bangkok police on Saturday morning over sedition charges.
— The Thaiger

Thailand’s DEPA signs deal with six Singaporean IoT innovators
Thailand’s Digital Economy Promotion Agency (depa) has signed agreements with six regional Internet of Things (IoT) innovators for the exchange of know-how and technology.
— Thailand Business News

Redshirts Mark April Crackdown, Pledge Fight for Justice
Redshirt leaders on Wednesday held a religious ceremony to mark the 9th anniversary of a crackdown that killed scores of their supporters.
— Khaosod English

Phuket’s water supply scraping the bottom of the three dams
The temperature hit 34 degrees today, light winds and 10% chance of rain for the rest of today (code for a slight chance of a tropical storm cell dropping its load on some small part of the island).
— The Thaiger

The four days of Songkran. Do it like a local.
Over four days of festivities, Songkran officially begins on April 13 with each day focusing on different activities and traditions. April 13 – Wan Sangkhan Lohng On this day residents clean their houses in preparation of the New Year’s festivities and the Chiang Mai Songkran parade. This …
— The Thaiger

Thailand still in the world’s Top 14 for TB cases
Thailand is struggling with tuberculosis, and remains in the list of the world’s 14 worst hit countries.
— The Thaiger

Northern smoke haze easing slowly
Either by hard work, serendipity or pure luck, the smog and haze in the North has eased considerably within the seven-day timeframe set last Tuesday by the Thai PM General Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— The Thaiger

Low-income families to start receiving new newborn allowance from July
The Department of Children and Youth (DYC) is training officials to enroll eligible families in the government’s newly extended newborn allowance campaign, expecting to start paying out allowances from July.
— NBT World (video)

Q1 overseas outflow B42bn
Foreign net outflows from Thai government bonds were worth 42.3 billion baht in the first quarter as investors sold short-term bonds to lock in profit and avoid impacts anticipated from higher interest rates and possible baht depreciation.
— Bangkok Post

Big three get help from Section 44
After a year of deliberation, the government plans to announce the use of Section 44 today to ease the financial burden of the three telecom operators that won the 900-megahertz spectrum auction in 2015.
— Bangkok Post

Medical cannabis researcher defends need to help patients
The president of the Khao Kwan foundation, a privately-run organization known for its promotion of grass-root agricultural sustainability, said he will report to the authorities tomorrow to answer charges of illegal possession of marijuana plants and extracts pressed against him by the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB).
— Thai PBS World

Thailand hosts ASEAN Gastronomic Tourism fair
t is the first time for Thailand to host an ASEAN Gastronomic Tourism fair and create networks to promote food-drawn tourism with quality food markets and gastronomic art.

Cabinet approves 4.4 billion-baht budget for Klong Prem Prachakorn development
The Cabinet yesterday approved a budget of 4.4 billion baht for the development of Klong Prem Prachakorn in the capital city.
— NBT World (video)

BMTA to accept cashless bus fares
In a cashless society, the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority has launched a pilot project to accept bus fares with the use of state welfare cards, debit and credit cards or Application on QR Code, beginning with Air-conditioned Bus Number 510 and planned for passengers to use one card for all buses.

Re-enactment of German tourists murder on Koh Si Chang, Thai man facing minimum of life in jail
A 24-year-old Thai man, charged over the rape and murder of 27-year-old female German backpacker on Chon Buri’s Koh Si Chang on Sunday, has re-enacted the horrific crime that has shaken public morale on the popular island.
— The Pattaya News

Spreading Drought Adds to Risks for Thailand’s Cooling Economy
A spreading drought has emerged as a new risk for Thailand’s cooling economy in addition to domestic political tension and slower exports.
— Bloomberg

Water woes dispersed by DRI
The Department of Royal Irrigation (DRI) said yesterday all areas that fall under DRI-irrigated zones will have sufficient water supplies to meet consumption and farming demand through the dry season.
— Bangkok Post

Thai department of public health is set to prosecute the massage parlor where foreign tourist died this week
The Thai department of public health is set to prosecute the massage parlor where a Spanish man died while having an “oil massage”.
— The Pattaya News

Airports Department expects some 400,000 Songkran holidays passengers
The Department of Airports is expecting more than 400,000 passengers to travel through 25 airports during the Songkran holidays this year.
— Pattaya Mail

Police promote Songkran holiday house patrol program
During the Songkran holidays, travellers can still register their house with the police as part of the safety patrol campaign preventing thieves striking when owners are away. The deputy commissioner-general of the police force has urged all officers nationwide to give maximum facilitation to ensuring the confidence of the general public.

The Center for Prevention of Road Accidents during Songkran festival opens to enforce the law on speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs which might possibly lead to road accidents.
Center for Prevention of Road Accidents during Songkran festival

Bangkok traffic police sidelined because they don’t know the road rules
The deputy commissioner of the metropolitan police Maj-Gen Jirasan Kaewsaeng-ek says some traffic police have been transferred to office duties because they didn’t know the traffic rules…
— The Thaiger

Thai telcos fear excessive costs from new cable policy
Thai operators have expressed concerns over a new policy requiring all existing overhead telecom and broadcasting cables in Bangkok to be moved underground within two years.

Huge Blaze Ravages Bangkok Broom Factory
Firefighters spent hours battling a huge fire that tore through a large factory Wednesday afternoon in the capital’s northeast.
— Khaosod English

Royal Thai Navy holds ceremony to launch new tugboat
The Royal Thai Navy has launched the second YTM-858 H.T.M.S. Panyi medium-sized tugboat, in a ceremony according to naval tradition for good fortune.

Sacred coronation water arrives in Bangkok from provinces
Vases containing sacred water for the coronation ceremonies of His Majesty the King next month were transported from the 76 provinces to the Interior Ministry in Bangkok on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

King’s Top Adviser Confident Prayuth’s Gov’t ‘Not Corrupt’
A highly influential royal adviser on Wednesday said he’s confident the government of junta leader Prayuth Chan-ocha is “not corrupt” and has honestly worked for the public’s greater good.
— Khaosod English

Most trucks tipped to be B20-compliant
Energy policymakers announced yesterday that biodiesel B20 will be compatible with nearly all general trucks on the road in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Cooptation doesn’t work: how redshirts voted in Isan
Looking beyond broad-stroke statistics, Saowanee Alexander argues that Pheu Thai victories in constituencies where its established candidates defected to the pro-junta side show the enduring loyalty of redshirts in the party’s northeastern stronghold.
— new mandala

Govt approves new bus fare increase
The Transport Ministry has given the green light to increasing the price of bus fares in the capital, starting from April 22.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese tour companies in Phuket being checked
Officers have made random checks on tour companies in Phuket today after receiving complaints.
— The Thaiger

Construction of Sathorn BTS ‘Ghost Station’ Underway
Skytrain operators revealed Wednesday preliminary works quietly began on a new station in downtown Bangkok last month – over 20 years after plans were first announced.
— Khaosod English

Low-income families to start receiving new newborn allowance from July
Thailand’s Department of Children and Youth, or DYC, is training officials to enroll eligible families in the government’s newly extended newborn allowance campaign, expecting to start paying out allowances from July.
— Pattaya Mail

Cpf’s “Self-Sustaining Farmers, Sustainable Corn” Enters Fourth Year, Aimed to Ensure Sustainable Plantation, Income and Environmental Protection
Bangkok Produce PLC (BKP), a subsidiary handling with raw material sourcing for Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC or CPF, proceeds with the “self-sustaining farmers, sustainable corn” project with the fourth-year goals to generate sustainable income for farmers as well as reduce forest encroachment …
— Khaosod English

Labour Minister Observes Implementation of Glp at Cpf Processing Plants and Farms, Ensuring Thai Chicken’s Responsible Supply Chain
Labour Minister Police General Adul Sangsingkeo recently visited Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF)’s chicken processing plant in Nakhon Ratchasima province and Decha Pakthongchai Farm, praising a work place models that apply good labour practices (GLP) priniciple in enhancing workers’ …
— Khaosod English

Cops to crack down on lurid videos, pics
People who post online and share video clips and photos of indecently-dressed women and transgenders celebrating the Songkran festival will face tough punishments, police warn.
— Bangkok Post


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John Le Fevre

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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