Thailand morning news for April 9

Thailand morning news for April  9

Thailand morning news

Gov’t Says Trying Thanathorn in Military Court is Fair
The junta has defended trialing civilians in military courts, saying it’s about maintaining peace and order.
— Khaosod English

Private hospitals urged to reduce drug prices and medical service fees
Of a total of over 300 hospitals asked to provide information about drug prices and medical service fees, only 295 have so far cooperated with authorities and about half of those have been found to be charging higher than allowed and are yet to consider reducing their prices and …
— Pattaya Mail

Industry Ministry plans end to sugarcane burning in three years
The Ministry of Industry will propose to the Cabinet a plan to end within three years sugarcane farmers’ widespread practice of cane burning before harvesting which is largely blamed for smog problem in many areas.
— Thai PBSWorld

Thailand ramps up fight against forced labor with stricter law
Thailand will use a newly amended law to crack down on forced labor with hefty fines and prison time, a move analysts said could help curb exploitative practices against migrant workers.
— Reuters

The red tape is killing us, not the haze
It took the South Korean government just one day to declare a national emergency before containing the huge wildfires that threatened to engulf the country’s northeastern coastal area this week.
— Bangkok Post

Costs rise for northerners as they struggle with smoke haze – Nida Poll
People in the North are being hit by additional costs as they struggle with the ongoing haze crisis even as more forest fires erupted in some areas of the north yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Slow 2019 start for private investment
Concerns have been raised about foreign investment incentives amid prevailing domestic political uncertainty, says Finance Minister Apisak Tantivorawong.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Research Expo 2019 held in Bangkok
Research is an important factor in national development. And to raise public awareness on research, the National Research Council of Thailand (NRCT) is organizing Thailand Research Expo 2019.
— NNT

Thailand plans new rail route to Cambodia
Bangkok Post cited Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith as saying that the new rail route, which will be opened soon, will connect Sa Kaeo’s Aranyaprathet district with Cambodia’s Poi Pet, Sisophon and Battambang.
— SGGPNews

No hidden motive behind Daycha charges, says ONCB
The Office of Narcotics Control Board has denied any business motive behind the marijuana-related charges on the Khaokwan Foundation chairman and his associate.
— Bangkok Post

Man held for murder of German tourist on Koh Si Chang
A man has been arrested by police on suspicion of the rape and murder of a female German tourist on Koh Si Chang in Thailand’s eastern province of Chon Buri over the weekend.
— Thai PBSWorld

Transport Co plans 9,000 bus trips a day from Bangkok for Songkran
The state-run Transport Company will increase its bus and passenger van services by 3,000 to 9,000 trips per day from April 10-13 to accommodate the sharp rise in the number of passengers expected to travel out of Bangkok ahead of the Songkran holiday.
— Thai PBS World

Against the tide: Thai ‘floating temple’ defies coastal erosion
As sea waters slowly rose around his temple and his neighbors fled inland, Thai abbot Somnuek Atipanyo refused to budge and is today a symbol of the fight to restore the country’s fast-eroding coastlines.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Surachate reports to the Royal Thai Police HQ
Surachate “Big Joke” Hakparn, you know, the guy who’s been in our news almost every day for the past year, has reported to the RTP HQ today, but soon after was seen leaving the building.
— The Thaiger

Doubts over Election Commission’s Party List Allocations Grow
A growing number of groups and parties are expressing doubts over the fairness of the Election Commission’s calculation of party-list MP seats.
— Khaosod English

No hidden motive behind Daycha charges, says ONCB
The Office of Narcotics Control Board has denied any business motive behind the marijuana-related charges on the Khaokwan Foundation chairman and his associate.
— Bangkok Post

King Strips Ex-PM Thaksin of Paramilitary Rank
King Vajiralongkorn on Monday stripped the fugitive former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra of his leading rank in the Volunteer Defense Corps.
— Khaosod English

Car orders accelerate at Bangkok motor show
The latest edition of the Bangkok International Motor Show has concluded with a rise in car orders, but a drop in deposits placed for motorcycles.
— Bangkok Post

Govt mulls city transit splurge
The Japan International Cooperation Agency (Jica) has proposed Thailand invest in the construction of three mass transit routes worth 100 billion baht to ease congestion and accommodate growth in and around Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Good Shepherd calls for supplies for families at risk in Phuket
The ‘Home for Hope’ mobile bus goes into migrant work camps within the Cherng Talay and Bang Tao areas once a month, providing My­anmar migrant workers and their fami­lies, as well as poor Thai families, with essentials to improve their health and well-being.
— The Phuket News

This micro-cinema in Bangkok is run by Thailand’s “most banned filmmaker”
A welcoming atmosphere greets anyone who steps into this Bangkok micro-cinema. With its brise soleil features, pockets of lush garden and open spaces, it evokes both nostalgia and an aura of openness–and yet Cinema Oasis was born because a door had been slammed shut on its propretor’s face.
— ABS-CBN News

ONCB: Growing marijuana requires permission
The Office of the Narcotics Control Board has clarified its concern over the prosecution against a foundation which was growing marijuana plants and possessing cannabis-related medicine, reiterating that growing marijuana plants for research requires official permission.
— NNT

KERRY LOGISTICS TO DEVELOP ECONOMIC CORRIDOR BETWEEN CHINA AND SOUTHEAST ASIA
Kerry Logistics Network Limited has agreed a joint venture between its subsidiary, KLN (Singapore) Pte Ltd, and Laos’s Sitthi Logistics to develop a dry port in the Vientiane Logistics Park in Laos. Kerry Logistics will provide management expertise, while Sitthi Logistics will provide local support.
— Post & Parcel

Skinny ‘Real-life Dumbo’ filmed at Phuket Zoo performing tricks for tourists
PHOTOS: Moving Animals The Phuket Zoo has again been exposed as a below-standard attraction where the inmates appear to be often mistreated, defying modern international standards and conventions for zoos.
— The Thaiger

No action on illegal construction at Ao Sane luxury villa as deadline passes
The contractor of a luxury villa project at Ao Sane, on the coastal road north of Nai Harn Beach, has failed to make any corrections to the project after being given 30 days to remove the parts of the building that exceeded the building permit.
— The Phuket News

AirAsia plans to turn website into online mall for travellers
AirAsia, whose website is used by 65 million customers every month, is considering a plan to sell tickets of non-competing carriers on airasia.com, using its size to give online travel agents a run for their money.
— Bangkok Post

500 free helmets to be handed out to motorbike drivers before Songkran
Patong Police Patong Development Foundation, along with Patong Police and Patong Municipality, will be handing out 500 helmets to motorbike drivers in Patong before Songkran Day under the campaign ‘Where’s your helmet’.
— The Thaiger

Thanathorn acknowledges three more allegations
Future Forward Party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit acknowledged three counts of allegations at Pathumwan police station on Saturday, but has entirely denied he perpetrated them as alleged.
— Pattaya Mail

US Navy and Royal Thai Navy conduct maritime enforcement exercises – PHOTOS
The US Navy and Royal Thai Navy are joining annual maritime enforcement exercises ‘Guardian Sea 2019’ up to April 11 in the Andaman Sea around Phang Nga and Phuket.
— The Thaiger

BBL offers cardless QR payment
Bangkok Bank (BBL) has expanded payment service to cardless QR codes through the e-wallet platform, targeting a new customer base under a partnership strategy.
— Bangkok Post

Forging ties with Hun Sen’s son
Last week’s official visit by Cambodian army chief Lt Gen Hun Manet, the son of Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen, has cemented military ties between the two countries and ushered in a new era, with both…
— Bangkok Post

Ghostly grilled pork seller haunts Ayutthaya streets
A Mae Nak Pha Khanong ghost has been sighted in the streets of Phra Nakhon Si Ayutthaya district in this former capital city on recent nights — wielding moo ping (grilled pork) with sticky rice that’s been selling to passing motorists like hot cakes.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-Junta Spokesman Pulled from Army, Appointed Gov’t PR Head
A well-known military figure and former junta spokesman became a civilian official and the head of the government’s public relations, according to a royal command published Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Industry Min prepares measure to cope with sugar cane burning
The Ministry of Industry plans to submit a measure to the cabinet that would lead to sugarcane growers being prevented from burning their crops.
— Pattaya Mail

Water trucks asked not to cross Patong Hill on Songkran day
Water truck operators will be asked to stop delivering water by crossing the notorious Patong Hill on April 13 (Songkran Day).
— The Thaiger

PG adds to north Thailand fleet
Bangkok Airways took deliver of its latest aircraft an ATR72-600 during a ceremony held at Suvarnabhumi Airport last week.
— TTR Weekly

Baby elephant being moved to specialised care after falling in drain
Officials have relocated a baby elephant rescued from a drain in a Bueng Kan village on the weekend to a wildlife protection facility to receive treatment for an infection.
— The Thaiger

 

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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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.

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.

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