Thailand morning news for April 3

Thailand morning news for April  3

Thailand morning newsThailand’s Junta Party Won the Most Votes. Now What?
Coup-prone Thailand held its first election under a rewritten constitution on March 24 after the longest stretch of military rule — nearly five years — since the early 1970s.
— Bloomberg

Wildfires Turn Thailand’s Air Into the Planet’s Most Toxic
Top Asian finance ministers and central bankers are due to have a summit in northern Thailand this week, and they’ll need pollution masks if they want to avoid breathing toxic air.
— Bloomberg

Ambassador Virachai’s body to arrive in Thailand tonight
Officials at the Royal Thai Embassy in Washington DC have arranged a ceremony to send the remains of Ambassador Virachai Plasai back to Thailand with highest honors.
— NNT

Thailand lays on face masks for ASEAN delegates meeting in smoggy north
Thailand is providing delegates to an Asian finance minister and central bank summit with face masks this week as smoggy air pollution hits alarming levels.
— Reuters

BoT: Politics will not harm GDP growth
Domestic politics are not anticipated to affect the country’s economic growth this year because the two main political parties vying to form a coalition government
— Bangkok Post

King voices smog concern
His Majesty the King has expressed concern over the haze in the North and suggested that volunteers who are enlisted under the royally initiated “Jit-Arsa” project to help tackle the problem.
— Bangkok Post

Toxic Smog Turns Thousands of Tourists Away From North
Officials said tourist numbers to northern Thailand have plunged over the past month due to severe air pollution that continues to surge across the region.
— Khaosod English

In choking Chiang Mai, Prayut orders fires out in 7 days
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha flew into Chiang Mai early on Tuesday to review the crisis caused by a thick blanket of smog and toxic levels of PM2.5 dust that has been choking northern Thailand for several weeks.
— Bangkok Post

Analysis: Thai polls show divisions and instability remain
Thailand’s junta leader looks set to return as prime minister after a general election stacked heavily in his favor, but the process reveals that more than a decade’s polarization in Thai politics is as strong as ever.
— AP

Prinx Chengshan plans plant
Hong Kong-listed Prinx Chengshan Shandong Tire is planning to build a US$600 million (19 billion baht) tyre manufacturing plant in Chon Buri, marking its first foothold overseas.
— Bangkok Post

ECT penalties and how it could affect the election results
The poll for Thailand’s 2019 general election closed on Sunday, 24 March. But while voters wait for the official election result, they also have to wait and see whether the Election Commission of Thailand (ECT) will be issuing penalties, known as ‘yellow cards’, ‘orange cards’, ‘red cards’, and ‘black card’ to any candidate.
— Prachatai

Duty-free bid rules panel to wrap soon
A panel to consider whether the bidding for the duty-free concession falls under the Public-Private Partnership (PPP) Act is expected to present its findings within two weeks, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said.
— Bangkok Post

Rainmaking operations underway to fight haze in northern Thailand
Another way to solve the haze problem is to conduct royal rainmaking. It is expected that the Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) will be ready to conduct the royal rainmaking in 1-2 days to alleviate the pollution problem in the North.
— NNT

Report makes business case for Thai hyperloop
Hyperloop start-up TransPod has published a report that claims its proposed line in Thailand would generate boost the country’s GDP by 4.7%.
— The Construction Index

1Q Chinese, longhaul arrivals to Thailand dip amid strong baht and pollution woes
Arrivals from some markets travelling to Thailand with registered tour companies significantly dropped in the first three months of the year, with businesses attributing this mainly to pollution and the stronger Thai currency.
— TTG 45

Big trio team up to launch 5G testbeds
Total Access Communication (DTAC) joined hands with TOT Plc and CAT Telecom on Monday to launch 5G testbeds at Chulalongkorn University and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) under a public-private partnership…
— Bangkok Post

Army chief: Maintain constitutional monarchy
Politicians, lecturers and students must obey the rules and not try to overthrow the constitutional monarchy or the country could suffer another civil war, army chief Apirat Kongsompong said at the 1st Division, King’s Guard on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

EC Must Be Transparent in Computing Party-List MPs: Observer
The Election Commission should be transparent and thorough in announcing the formula it will use to compute the distribution of party-list MPs, said a prominent election observer on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Singer Will Young sells BRIT Awards, donates funds to Soi Dog
British singer-songwriter Will Young has told UK Chris Evans Virgin Radio Breakfast show that he sold his Brit Awards for charity and gave the money to Phuket’s Soi Dog Foundation.
— The Phuket News

Thunderstorm floods Pattaya
A severe thunderstorm dropped pounding rain on Pattaya, causing flooding in many areas with water over one metre deep in places, on Tuesday afternoon.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s military conscription sees lively atmosphere
The atmosphere of the annual military draft is always lively. Thailand’s Minister of Defense has instructed relevant authorities to ensure that the military draft goes smoothly and transparently.
— NNT

No shortage despite El Nino, RID assures
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) on Monday assured that areas served by its network of irrigation canals will not experience water shortages, after forecasts predicted that this year’s summer will…
— Bangkok Post

Visa-on-arrival waiver extension in the works
Plans are afoot to extend the waiver of the visa-on-arrival fee for visitors for another three months to ward off an economic slump during the transition to a new government.
— Bangkok Post

Wastewater still flowing into Mudong Canal in Chalong
Officials from the Environment Office Region 15 in Phuket, along with Chalong municipal officials, have inspected the Mudong Canal.
— The Thaiger

Amata banking on EEC to sell 1,075 rai this year
SET-listed industrial estate developer and operator Amata Corporation Plc expects to sell 1,075 rai in 2019, up by 10%, thanks to the flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) attracting both local and foreign investors.
— Bangkok Post

Analysis: Thanathorn: Phenomenon or status quo’s new threat?
Chamlong Srimuang was there before. He created a political phenomenon that thrashed the Democrat Party in elections in Bangkok. He was succeeded as a political mega star by Thaksin Shinawatra, who, likewise, became a big thorn in the Democrats’ side.
— Thai PBS World

Nakhon Ratchasima transferring stray dogs to new shelter
Nakhon Ratchasima province has been continually implementing measures to solve and prevent the rabies problem. This week, almost 2,000 stray dogs in Muang Nakhon Ratchasima District Municipality will be transferred to the Nakhonchai Burin Stray Dog Shelter with the aim of making Nakhon Ratchasima completely free of stray dogs.
— NNT

All six Patong taxi, tuk-tuk drivers charged for beating tourists denied bail
Patong Police Chief Col Anotai Jindamanee told The Phuket News today (April 2), “Five suspects are being held at Phuket Provincial prison right now.
— The Phuket News

Korean held over billion-baht online gambling operation
Police have detained a man wanted in South Korea on charges of operating an illegal online gambling network, with bets totalling about 2.8 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese scam call centre busted in Chalong
Sixteen nationals – 13 men and three women – were arrested in Chalong this afternoon (April 2) for allegedly operating a stock market price speculation call centre scam targetting Chinese victims.
— The Phuket News

High-pressure guns, using dirty water banned for Songkran
High-pressure water guns, ice, dirty water and celebrants drinking alcohol while on vehicles are all banned during the coming Songkran festival.
— Bangkok Post

Prayuth Concerned about Social Media’s ‘Incorrect Thinking’
The junta leader sent a rare message to the public expressing concerns over news and information shared on social media, while the army commander acknowledged that online discourse is “more powerful” than the military’s weapons.
— Khaosod English

Exclusive film of a historic royal coronation
In light of the royal coronation ceremony for His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun taking place next month, the Thai Film Archive is holding a free, exclusive screening of King…
— Bangkok Post

Real estate developer targets Europeans
Europeans are flocking to Thailand for retirement — fleeing high eldercare costs and cold weather — and some savvy real estate developers are cashing in on the trend.
— Bangkok Post

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 35 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia.

He has covered major world events including the 1991 pillage riots 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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