Thailand morning news for March 5

Thailand morning news for March 5

Thailand morning newsNot enough water left for rice farmers in Northeast
A WATER SHORTAGE is threatening to soon strike several northeastern provinces.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Central bank says it has acted on rapid moves in baht
The baht is likely to remain volatile and the central bank has taken action on excessive moves in the currency to help the private sector adjust, the Bank of Thailand said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Train talks derailed by contract fees
Thai and Chinese authorities failed to find common ground on a contract they were supposed to sign under the Thai-Sino high-speed railway project when they met late last month, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand doubles down on vaping enforcement, conducting raids and reminding tourists it is against the law
Whilst a new vaping and e-cigarette lobby group continue to push the government for a review on laws on vaping and e-cigarette products, the police are notching up more crackdowns on the sales of products related to vaping.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand Visa Applicants Beware: Fortnight Wait As Consulate Appointment Bookings Bank Up in VTE
Foreign nationals seeking visas to ever-popular Thailand for residence or travel can expect waits of up to two weeks for appointments for visa application or renewal via the country’s consulate in Vientiane, Laos.
— The LaotianTimes

Warning for those seeking pot amnesty
PATIENTS must produce an official medical certificate that specifies their symptoms when seeking an amnesty for the possession of marijuana.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

BoT warns baht will remain volatile
The Bank of Thailand warned the baht is likely to remain volatile and that it intervened in the market when the baht strengthened at a faster pace than economic fundamentals would suggest, helping business operators adjust, says a senior official.
— Bangkok Post

Smog in North takes big toll on public health
NEARLY A quarter of a million people in the North sought medical treatment for four different kinds of ailments that flared up amid the intense air pollution between February 17 and 23.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Somkid eyes post-election economic leap
Thailand’s economy will make a big leap after the general election on March 24 and Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will return as prime minister, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak told 2,000 investors on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry of Transport to set off construction of high-speed rail project.
Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said the 27th meeting of the Joint Committee for Thai-Chinese Rail Cooperation in Beijing during February 28 and March 1 has acknowledged progress in the construction of an 11-kilometer stretch of the high-speed rail project between Si Khew and KudChik.
— NBT World (video)

Thanathorn’s “unfinished mission” of 1932 revolution questioned
Future Forward party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit’s controversial remark, that one of the party’s policies is to complete the unfinished mission of the 1932 coup makers, has provoked a strong reaction…
— Thai PBS News

Is cooking endangered rays on ‘MasterChef Thailand’ OK?
The cooking of what appeared to be spotted eagle rays during the MasterChef Thailand TV show on World Wildlife Day last night is sparking social media outrage over the appropriateness eating endangered species on mainstream media.
— The Thaiger

Waste-to-energy plants ‘an environmental hazard’
ACADEMICS have urged the authorities to slow down their large-scale waste-to-energy development policy, as it could severely harm the country’s environment and people’s health.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Royal Coronation schedule takes shape
His Majesty King Maha Vachiralongkorn has asked that his coronation ceremony should be ‘economical’ and ‘in line with Royal tradition’.
— The Thaiger

PM must tread fine poll line
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha must tread carefully when taking part in the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) election campaign as the party’s prime ministerial candidate, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Prayuth Says He Dreams About Democracy in Latest Single
Entering a room flanked by bodyguards, greeted by the flash of photographers while one’s latest single blares through loudspeakers seems to be a fanfare reserved for celebrities – and generals.
— Khaosod English

FFP in ‘fake news’ brouhaha
Lt Gen Phongsakon Rotchomphu, a deputy leader of the Future Forward Party (FFP), has been summoned to meet police investigators over his role in sharing fake news about Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon on Facebook.
— Bangkok Post

Court dismisses suits against BMA for not installing elevators at 23 BTS stations
The Central Administrative Court on Monday dismissed two compensation lawsuits against the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), which had failed to install elevators for the physically challenged at 23 BTS stations by the given deadline.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Eight operators setting up dedicated cyberthreat team
Eight telecom companies have signed an agreement to establish the Telecom Computer Emergency Response Team (CERT) to monitor and prevent cyber-attacks in the sector.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand trains Laotian physicians
Thailand is offering training courses for doctors and physicians from the Lao PDR, in the hope of enhancing the country’s healthcare sector.
— NBT World (video)

Court Dismisses BTS Accessibility Lawsuit Against City Hall
Commuters with disabilities received a major legal blow Monday as a court ruled City Hall did not violate their rights by not making the BTS Skytrain accessible within a court-order deadline.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Fruit oversupply raises fear of more price drops
Forecasts that farmers will produce more fruit from their orchards this year are worrying agricultural officials.
— Fresh Plaza

EC invites people to use Smart Vote app
The Election Commission (EC) is inviting public members to download its Smart Vote mobile application to easily access information about the upcoming general election, which will be held on March 24th, 2019.

MCOT denies firing Orawan
Doubts over the fate of news anchor Orawan Choodee continue to linger, even after state-owned broadcaster, MCOT Plc, denied pulling her off the air for asking questions that cornered Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and his military-backed government during an election debate programme.
— Bangkok Post

THAI resumes flights on Bangkok-Karachi route, via Omani airspace
Thai Airways International (THAI) has resumed normal flights to and from Karachi via Omani airspace, after flights were cancelled due to the closure of Pakistani airspace last Wednesday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand: From free speech to refugee protection, next government must undertake deep reforms
Thailand’s next government will need to lift undue restrictions on freedom of expression and limit arbitrary executive powers, Amnesty International said ahead of polling day on 24 March.
— Amnesty International

Border, transit trade tilt up, China transit trade soars
Both Thailand’s trade with neighbouring countries and its transit trade increased slightly in January, the Foreign Trade Department said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese New Year refund flops
The value-added tax (VAT) refund scheme for Chinese New Year shopping failed miserably, with a meagre 10 million baht in transactions.
— Bangkok Post

Thais might still want Prayut as PM
Late last year, the media was buzzing with news of another possible coup should Thailand return to democracy.
— The Asean Post

And So It Begins: Oversea Thai voters start casting absentee ballots in key election (PHOTOS)
Today marks the first day Thai voters living overseas can cast absentee ballots for the upcoming March 24 election, the kingdom’s first since 2011.
— Coconuts (paywall)

Grisada to address water crisis at meeting
Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Grisada Boonrach says he will address 76 provincial governors in a teleconference on Monday to find solutions to cope with the drought, forecast to drag on this year.
— Bangkok Post

Elections expected to bring bans of booze sales this month
As reported by Thairath and other Thai media sources, the Thai election commission has officially stated that booze bans should (and likely will) be in effect for election days, including early voting on the 16th and 17th of March, 2019.
— The Pattaya News

Revenue Department targets online vendors
The Revenue Department aims to raise the number of individual taxpayers by 10% this year, with a focus on online vendors outside the tax system.
— Bangkok Post

Businessman Seeks Son-in-Law – For 10 Million Baht
Urgently seeking: a prospective husband for a millionaire’s daughter. Reward: 10 million baht, paid upon the successful application.
— Khaosod English

21 PAD protesters acquitted for 2008 parliament siege
Twenty-one anti-Thaksin protesters, accused of laying siege to Thailand’s parliament in October 2008, were acquitted today after the Criminal Court ruled that their protest was peaceful and only turned violent…
— Thai PBS News

The marijuana amnesty. What does it mean and how can I apply?
The Thaiger neither endorses, recommends or has any opinion on the possession or use of marijuana.
— The Thaiger

Prayuth to Take Campaign Stage for Junta Party
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha will help campaign for a party that nominated him to become the next prime minister, a party official said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Japanese investors keen to invest in medical business in EEC
The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) has expressed satisfaction with the success of its roadshow in Osaka, Japan.
— Pattaya Mail

Debate rages on social media over cooking of endangered rays on ‘MasterChef Thailand’
The cooking of what appeared to be spotted eagle rays during a TV show on World Wildlife Day on Sunday has sparked social media outrage over the appropriateness of normalising the consumption of endangered species on mainstream media.
— The Nation (very annoying pop-ups)

BMA works on solution over Red Line rail project and drainage system on VibhavadiRangsit road
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is working on a solution over the Red Line rail construction project which has affected the drainage system on VibhavadiRangsit road.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand becoming production hub for heavy trucks
Thailand is fast becoming a major SE Asia production hub for medium and heavy commercial vehicles, with Scania the latest global manufacturer to set up a regional production and R&D centre in the country.
— Just-auto

Thailand tops SEA Youth Athletics tourney in Isabela
Thailand athletes romped away with 16 gold medals to emerge overall champion of the 14th Southeast Asian Youth Athletics Championships held at the City of Ilagan Sports Complex here on Sunday.
— Philippine News Agency

Patients with rare diseases ignored by system, seminar told
Patients suffering from rare diseases are not receiving adequate treatment because of inequality within the universal healthcare coverage system, a seminar was told on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pop-ups)

Villagers rally to save ancient ruins
A protest against oil exploration in Phetchabun province has flared up as locals fear the activity will spoil the government’s bid to have Si Thep Historical Park listed as a Unesco World Heritage Site.
— Bangkok Post

‘Mule’ held for pangolin smuggling
Police arrested a truck driver at a checkpoint in Sam Roi Yot district on Saturday night, after officers found 76 live pangolins concealed underneath its timber load.
— Bangkok Post

Border, transit trade tilt up, China transit trade soars
Both Thailand’s trade with neighbouring countries and its transit trade increased slightly in January, the Foreign Trade Department said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Court Dismisses BTS Accessibility Lawsuit Against City Hall
Commuters with disabilities received a major legal blow Monday as a court ruled City Hall did not violate their rights by not making the BTS Skytrain accessible within a court-order deadline.
— Khaosod English

Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2019 from 27 March to 2 April
The Tourism Department will organize Thailand International Film Destination Festival 2019 (TIFDF 2019) from 25th March to 2nd April 2019.
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

PM still undecided about campaign debut in Nakhon Ratchasima
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha remains undecided whether to attend his first campaign rally for the pro-junta Palang Pracharat party, due to be held in Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima…
— Thai PBS News

PM expresses concerns over drought issues, orders crisis management plans
The Prime Minister has expressed concerns over the possibility of drought this year, instructing relevant agencies to draft plans in order to tackle the issue.
— Pattaya Mail

Service revenues inch upward
Service revenue for mobile business grew just 2% on average last year compared with 5% growth in 2017, mainly due to intense competition in the second half of last year, especially from unlimited maximum speed packages.
— 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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