Thailand morning news for April 24

Thailand morning news for April  24

Thailand morning news

Phuket faces water shortage which may become critical in May if there are no rains
Thailand’s popular tourist destination of Phuket is now experiencing water shortage, with water in the province’s three reservoirs just enough for the production of tap water until May and the…
— Thai PBS News

Thaksin given 3-year imprisonment for Exim Bank’s loan to Myanmar
The Supreme Court’s Criminal Division for Holders of Political Office has sentenced fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra to three years in prison without suspension after finding him guilty of…
— Thai PBS News

Election Commission to file charges against Thanathorn
The Election Commission today decided to file charges against firebrand politician Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, the leader of Future Forward Party, for violating the Constitution and the election law in connection with…
— Thai PBS News

Tour boats blamed for widespread reef damage
Had Chao Mai National Park in Trang Province says a sharp rise in tour boat activity during the Songkran holiday seriously damaged coral reefs, prompting the need to impose strict regulations to enable rehabilitation and prevent further damage.
— The Phuket News

Harsh new penalties for forced labour, abuse of employees
The National Legislative Assembly has approved harsher punishments for employer, ranging from a maximum 400,000 baht fine to the death penalty, for use of forced labour, abuse or torture leading to a worker’s death.
— Bangkok Post

Confidence index edges down in March
Business sentiment fell again in March after recovering in February, with the business sector fretting over the country’s unclear political outlook.
— Bangkok Post

EC Has Until Thursday to Recommend Election Nullification: Ombudsman
The Office of the Ombudsman said Tuesday the Election Commission has until Thursday to clarify whether there exists grounds to nullify the March 24 election results.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s royal astrologer cast King Maha Vajiralongkorn’s horoscope on Tuesday in an important ritual to prepare for his elaborate coronation ceremonies next week.
Saffron-clad Buddhist monks chanted as the horoscope for the king’s reign was cast on a golden plaque.
— Reuters

Thailand-Japan join hands on PM 2.5 dust reduction
Thailand and Japan have joined hands on air quality management and the reduction of fine PM 2.5 particulate matter in traffic congested areas, starting with air pollution surveys in Bangkok to find the sources of pollution by the end of this year, in order to create solutions to resolve this issue.
— NNT

Govt Threatens Legal Action Over ‘Crazy Rich Prawit’ Article
The government has said it is weighing up potential charges over a “fake” article identifying the deputy junta chairman as one of 45 real-life “crazy rich Asians.”
— Khaosod English

March domestic car sales rise 8.5% y-o-y
Thai domestic car sales rose 8.5% in March from a year earlier to 103,164 units after increasing 9.1% in February, the Federation of Thai Industries said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

First Orientation training for Thai Hajj Medical team
Thai Hajj Medical team has attended the first orientation health care training course, in preparing to take care of Thai Hajj pilgrims during their holy ceremony in Saudi Arabia.
— NNT

Developers to provide jam impacts
Land developers will be required to conduct Traffic Impact Assessments (TIAs) to try and relieve traffic congestion caused by their projects when TIA criteria, expected to be finalised this July, come into effect.
— Bangkok Post

Rangsit Uni Launches Medical Marijuana Research Center
Rangsit University on Tuesday launched what it claims to be Thailand’s first medical cannabis research institution.
— Khaosod English

Authorities backtrack on move to tax interest from bank deposits
The Revenue Department has withdrawn a much-criticized demand for bank depositors to provide written consent to allow their banks to deduct tax on interest earned on deposits.
— Thai PBS News

Perk for property buyers on the cards
The Revenue Department has proposed a tax deduction for property buyers as part of a seven-measure package to prop up economic growth during the transition to a new government.
— The Phuket News

Hunted seastead couple ‘traced to Tarutao island’
The US-Thai couple who built and anchored a seastead floating home off Phuket were last traced to Tarutao island, and the full weight of the law awaits them, authorities said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Defence Ministry dismisses report on Gen Prawit’s wealth
Thailand’s Ministry of Defence has described as false a report on an overseas-based website which named Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, also defence minister, as being among Asia’s 45 richest…
— Thai PBS News

Subaru begins production of made-in-Thailand SUVs for Southeast Asian market
Tucked away in a nondescript industrial estate close to Bangkok’s Suvarnabhumi Airport lies an assembly plant producing one of Subaru’s best selling car models – the Forester.
— CNA

Coral in Trang extensively damaged after tourist influx over Songkran
Tourist during Songkran have caused extensive damage to coral in the national park area of Trang, south of Thailand. Matichon Online reports that the damage was caused by the tourist numbers overwhelming the area during the week-long Songkran break.
— The Thaiger

Aviation Officials to Probe Near Collision on Krabi Runway
Aviation authorities promised Tuesday to look into a near collision between two planes on the runway in Krabi province.
— Khaosod English

Thailand-Shenzhen stock exchange cooperative MOU
Thailand and China are set to further enhance capital cooperation with an agreement between the Stock Exchange of Thailand and Shenzhen Stock Exchange, promoting developments in capital markets and better integration.
— NNT

Power outage in Chalong announced
The Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) Chalong branch has announced that the electricity supply will be temporarily shut off in parts of Chalong on Wednesday (Apr 24) as work is carried out on high voltage power cables.
— The Phuket News

Questions arise over specs of collapsed wall at school in Khon Kaen that killed 4 year old girl
by Kritmet Loho Khon Kaen’s governor Somsak Jangtrakul today led police and related officials to inspect a private school building in Tambon Ban Ped in the main city area.
— The Thaiger

Air Force officer stomped to death by husband in front of children
A Royal Thai Air Force officer has been charged with murder after stamping his wife to death in front of their children in Rawai this morning (Apr 23) as he suspected her of cheating.
— The Phuket News

Summer thunderstorms cause damage in many areas
Thunderstorms have been reported in many areas of northern Thailand, causing damage to a number of houses, especially in Hang Dong district of Chiang Mai where some 1,800 houses were damaged by strong winds over the weekend.
— Pattaya Mail

Hot season sends power consumption hitting record high
Consumption of electricity during the current hot season has hit a record high in many provinces.
— Pattaya Mail

Massive fire at Koh Samui incinerator – VIDEO
The Government Public Relation Department Region 5 An incinerator caught fire on Koh Samui, off the coast of Surat Thani last night.
— The Thaiger

Amnesty for marijuana possession campaign
Public relations campaigns have been launched to inform the general public that marijuana can only be used for medical purposes. A committee has been set up to consider a request for each household to be allowed to grow no more than six marijuana plants.
— NNT

First Orientation training for Thai Hajj Medical team
Thai Hajj Medical team has attended the first orientation health care training course, in preparing to take care of Thai Hajj pilgrims during their holy ceremony in Saudi Arabia.
— NNT

Police seize drugs and guns in eight drug busts across Phuket
Eight separate drug busts were carried out on Sunday (Apr 21) in various locations across Phuket under the command of Phuket Provincial Police Commander Maj Gen Wisan Panmanee.
— The Phuket News

Phuket has enough water, not a drought crisis: Governor
Phuket Governor Phakaphong Tavipatana held a press conference this morning (Apr 23) to announce that Phuket has enough water reserves to serve mains water supply – that Phuket is not amid a drought crisis.
— The Phuket News

Phuket residents flame Governor over water shortages
Just hours after the Phuket Governor this morning (Apr 23) held a press conference to specifically explain that Phuket is not suffering a drought crisis, about 80 residents from Rassada staged a protest in front of Phuket Provincial Hall over the lack of water supply to their community.
— The Phuket News

RIP Pets: Dreadful heat killing Bangkok’s cutest, vulnerable residents
The brutal heat isn’t just tormenting the humans of Thailand but their beloved pets as well.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Thailand’s CPF to buy Canadian pork producer
Thai conglomerate Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) has agreed to buy a majority stake in HyLife – one of Canada’s largest pork producers.
— IEG Vu

Red or black? Experiencing Thailand’s military drafting
Lottery for military draft takes place each April. While some step forward willingly, others want it abolished.
— Al Jazeera

Phuket’s ‘seastead’ is now a sad ‘homestead’ back on shore – VIDEO
The Phuket seastead removal operation was a success yesterday, according to the Royal Thai Navy.
— The Thaiger

Malaysians nudged to visit second tier
KUALA LUMPUR: The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is set to welcome 4.4 million Malaysian tourists this year, aiming to generate 127 billion baht in income by promoting second-tier provinces and gastronomy.
— Bangkok Post

Nexus: Condo pickup soon
Property incentives should help boost new condo demand in Bangkok by at least 20% this year after a market slowdown in the second quarter, says property consultant Nexus Property Marketing.
— Bangkok Post property

 

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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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