Thailand morning news for March 6

Thailand morning news for March 6

Thailand morning newsThailand to ban import of plastic waste next year
Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment will propose to the cabinet a total ban on the import of plastic waste into Thailand beginning next year.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok Declaration must wait until June
ASEAN COUNTRIES yesterday agreed to work together closely to deal with the region’s serious marine trash problem, with leaders of the grouping expected to endorse the Bangkok Declaration at the Asean Summit in Bangkok in June.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

AoT prediction for 10% revenue growth
Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT), operator of six major airports in Thailand, has projected at least 10% growth in revenue for fiscal 2019 ending in September this year thanks to continued tourism gains.
— 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)

BoI: EEC propelling full-year application value to B750bn
The government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme is a key engine to drive full-year investment applications to hit 750 billion baht, says the Board of Investment (BoI).
— Bangkok Post

Bank of Thailand says economic stability strong, can handle external volatility
Thailand is economically stable and strong and can withstand increased global volatility, the central bank chief said on Tuesday.
— The Business Times

CP consortium not ready for talks on three-airport railway
Charoen Pokphand Group on Tuesday postponed three-airport railway contract talks scheduled with the State Railway of Thailand to March 13 pending further negotiations with its venture partners.
— Bangkok Post

250,000 northerners seek help for smog-related conditions
Up to 250,000 northerners are seeking medical treatment for four different illnesses that have flared up amid the intense air pollution between February 17 and 23.
— The Thaiger

Patong tsunami-evacuation drill called off to avoid panic among tourists
The tsunami-evacuation drill announced last month to be held at Patong Beach this Thursday (Mar 7) has been called off in order to not cause a panic among tourists.
— The Phuket News

Alcohol ban on the weekend of the election AND the weekend before as well
Two weekends coming up where, if you absolutely, really, really need to have a drink, you’ll need to stock up. Alternatively you could leave the country. There will now be a 24 hour alcohol ban in the weekend BEFORE the general election on March 24 as well as on the weekend of the election.
— The Thaiger

U.S. Is Ready to Boost Arms Sales to Thailand After Its Elections
The impending return of an elected government in Thailand is set to give the U.S. more scope to counter China’s push for closer defense ties with the Southeast Asian nation.
— Bloomberg

NBTC board gives green signal to recall 2600MHz
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) yesterday approved the recall of the 2600MHz band for reallocation through an auction.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Asean battles marine debris
Bangkok declaration by ministers today to focus on cooperative efforts and measures in the region to tackle this serious environmental threat.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phuket Water Authority to propose water rations as ‘water-saving option’
Water rations will be among the options presented to the Phuket Governor “soon”, Graisorn Mahamad, Chief Provincial Waterworks Authority, told The Phuket News today (Mar 5).
— The Phuket News

Krungsri first bank in Thailand to use facial recognition tech to open accounts
Krungsri (Bank of Ayudhya) has introduced facial recognition through electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) technology for verifying the identities of people as they open a deposit account.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Immigration officers dismissed for visa skullduggery
Two immigration officers at Suvarnabhumi airport have been dismissed from the force for colluding in forging visa stamps for foreigners entering the country illegally.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand studying Japan’s satellite model
THE MINISTRY of Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has teamed up with the Thai Chamber of Commerce (TCC) to study Japan’s satellite model to seek supervisory direction for the satellite industry, in which foreign investments will be allowed after Thaicom Plc’s 20-year satellite concession
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand to build world’s biggest floating solar farms
Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy.
— Bangkok Post

Local investors in bullish mood
Investor confidence in portfolios during the three months through May improved to bullish territory for the first time in five months, bolstered by election optimism and listed companies’ financial performance, according to the Federation of Thai Capital Market Organizations’ (Fetco) monthly survey.
— Bangkok Post

Revenue Dept launches PIT Digital Services
The Revenue Department has launched a digital platform for people to file their annual personal income tax (PIT) returns.
— NNT

Thai telcos to establish telecom CERT
Eight Thai telecom operators have reportedly signed an agreement to establish a dedicated telecom computer emergency response team (CERT).
— Retail News Asia (media release) (blog)

Thai-Cambodia partnership event to boost border trade
THE Thai Department of Foreign Trade (DFT) will host a Thai-Cambodia economic partnership event in which the governments of both countries and the private sector have been invited to trade and offer investment promotion and solutions.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand’s Culture Ministry prepares for ASEAN cultural festival
Thailand’s Culture Minister has led government officials to meet with the Prime Minister to discuss preparations to organize the “237th Year of Rattanakosin City under Royal Benevolence” event from March 8-10.
— Vietnam Plus

Soft loans, TV reality show boost for street-food vendors
The state-owned Government Savings Bank has allocated 5 billion baht for soft loans to 100,000 street-food vendors this year, almost double last year’s amount.
— Bangkok Post

Water level in Wang Rom Klao Dam in Uthai Thani at low level
The water level in Wang Rom Klao Dam in Uthai Thani Province is at a low level. The reservoir has enough water for public consumption only.
— NBT World (video)

DDPM holds meeting to discuss road accident prevention plan during Songkran
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) held a meeting to draft an integrated plan to prevent and reduce road accidents during this year’s Songkran festival.
— NNT

Roses, holy water, amulets for students resitting exam
Students whose university entrance examination was violently disrupted by drunk intruders last month received roses, holy water and amulets when they arrived to take the test again at Bangpakok Wittayakom School in Rat Burana district on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post (annoying pop-ups)

Safety ‘top priority’ for cannabis growers
FDA open to outdoor or indoor cultivation; Chula lecturer warns of the negative side.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Soft loans, TV reality show boost for street-food vendors
The state-owned Government Savings Bank has allocated 5 billion baht for soft loans to 100,000 street-food vendors this year, almost double last year’s amount.
— Bangkok Post

Multiple fires speed through Lampang’s mountains
State officials and volunteers, along with a water-spraying helicopter, were on Tuesday battling multiple fires in Doi Phra Baht forest in Lampang’s Muang district.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Police Intercept Pickup Packed With Pangolins On Way to China (Video)
Police charged a man with animal trafficking after finding 76 pangolins in the back of his truck Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Smart Visa Holders May Have Side Hustles: Cabinet
High-earning expats holding four-year professional visas could soon do other jobs outside their fields without needing a work permit.
— Khaosod English

Loei’s Remaining Leaf Monkeys Live Out Days at Temple
One particular species of monkeys has found their last haven in a temple. Years of deforestation have left only 100 to 120 endangered Phayre’s leaf monkeys in Loei province, almost all of which now live in one place – Wat Tham Pha Pu.
— Khaosod English

BTS Coming to Lat Phrao in 5 Months: City Hall
Mo Chit will no longer be the end of the BTS world later this year, with about a third of a new northern extension open for service by August 2020, City Hall said Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Seri Ruam Thai leader faces defamation charges from army chief
Army Commander-in-Chief General Apirat Kongsompong has ordered legal action to be taken against Seri Ram Thai party leader Pol Gen Seripisut Temiyavej for allegedly insulting an army officer and his…
— Thai PBS News

Nakhon Phanom crime-fighter becomes ‘ghostbuster’
A POLICE captain in Nakhon Phanom has won praise from Facebook users after they saw a video clip of him chanting a long and difficult-to-memorise Pali prayer to perform an exorcism.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

World’s Biggest Floating Solar Farm Seen Driving Thai Green Push
Thailand plans to build the world’s largest floating solar farms to power Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy and to boost the country’s share of clean energy.
— Bloomberg

Thaksin’s pawns continue to fall
My belated sympathies go out to Yongyuth Wichaidit, former deputy prime minister and former interior minister in the Yingluck Shinawatra government and former Pheu Thai Party leader.
— Bangkok Post

DIP to increase GI products’ value to 30 billion baht this year
The Department of Intellectual Property (DIP) has planned to increase a combined value of Geographical Indicator (GI) products to 30 billion baht.
— NNT

Migrant workers to be allowed free departure/arrival from April 5 – 30
The committee on migrant labor management and anti-human trafficking policy is planning to propose to the Cabinet measures to accommodate migrant workers returning to their home countries before and after the Songkran festivities from April 5th – 30th.
— NBT World (video)

PRD, EC organize “The Path to Building Thailand, Election 2019”
The Government Public Relations Department (PRD) has cooperated with the Election Commission (EC) to organize an event called “The Path to Building Thailand, Election 2019” at Bansomdejchaopraya Rajabhat University (BSRU) in Bangkok.
— NNT

Thailand targets significant reduction of plastics consumption by 2022
Thailand has set a target of eliminating plastic waste imports into the country by the year 2022, as well as to reduce the consumption of plastic products and packaging.
— NBT World (video)

New laws are rushed through as Thai lawmakers prepare to move out
There is no food for sale at Thailand’s Parliament. Legislators in the members’ lounge now share one toilet because the other has been closed.
— The Straits Times

Chiang Mai to pursue Smart City model
Chiang Mai province has planned to pursue a Smart City model to improve the quality of life of local villagers.
— NNT

Chinese man arrested for using Thai ID card to lure foreign investors
Tourist Police Bureau A Chinese man has been arrested at Suvarnabhumi Airport after using a Thai ID card to operate fraudulent businesses.
— The Thaiger

Agency to propose protected status for eagle rays following outcry over TV cooking show
Following the public outcry over the cooking of what appeared to be spotted eagle rays during a Thai TV show on World Wildlife Day at the weekend, Marine and Coastal Resources Department chief Jatuporn Buruspat on Tuesday revealed a plan to soon propose eagle rays as protected wildlife under Thai …
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

 

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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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