Thailand morning news for February 6

Thailand morning news for February 6

Thailand morning news

First locally infected virus patient cured, discharged
Thailand’s first locally infected victim of the Novel Coronavirus has been given a clean bill of health and discharged from hospital.
— The Thaiger

BoT cuts key rate to record-low 1%
The Bank of Thailand (BoT) slashed its policy rate by 25 basis points to a fresh record low of 1% at this year’s first meeting in an effort to shore up an economy battered by the coronavirus epidemic and the months-long delay in the fiscal 2020 budget bill.
— Bangkok Post

High PM2.5 levels in seven areas of Bangkok
The concentration of dust particles in Bangkok and other provinces was above the safety limit as of 4 a.m. today, according to the Pollution Control Department’s Air4Thai website.
— NNT

Cabinet acknowledges dates for censure debate
A meeting of cabinet ministers on Tuesday (Feb 4) acknowledged dates for the upcoming censure debate, and instructed related ministries to look into the opposition’s queries.
— NNT

Finance Min to implement measures to mitigate effects of coronavirus
The Cabinet has approved the Ministry of Finance’s proposal to introduce monetary and tax-related assistance policies to mitigate the side effects of the 2019 novel coronavirus outbreak in China, that has caused a tremor in global public health and the world economy.
— NNT

PM invites Buddhists to celebrate Makha Bucha
The Prime Minister has invited faithful Buddhists to observe Makha Bucha Day with religious ceremonies, while using smokeless incense to minimize air pollution.
— NNT

Court calls halt to BMA’s river promenade project
The Administrative Court on Wednesday ordered the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) to halt development of a 57-kilometre promenade along the Chao Phraya River.
— Bangkok Post

GPO and FDA told to increase production of face masks and sanitizers
The Government Pharmaceutical Organization (GPO) and the Office of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have been instructed, by the Ministry of Public Health, to step up production of face…
— Thai PBS News

Four evacuees from Wuhan kept in naval hospital for observation
Four* of the 138 Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, were taken to the hospital at the Royal Thai Navy’s Sattahip Naval Base for observation yesterday, after they were found to have a fever.
— The Thaiger

Big Cleaning Week to fight coronavirus
The Ministry of Public Health is inviting the general public to join a “Big Cleaning Week” campaign to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus through good hygiene, and is calling on local hospitals and public health offices to inform villagers of preventive actions that can be used to protect themselves.
— Newsline (video)

Thais spike China-led plan to dredge Mekong river
Thailand has spiked Chinese-led plans to open up a key stretch of the Mekong river, in a rare victory for activists fighting to preserve Southeast Asia’s most important waterway.
— The Phuket News

Joint panel says growth could weaken to 2% in 2020
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) has cut its forecast for 2020 GDP growth to 2-2.5% from a previous projection of 2.5-3%, citing economic difficulties aggravated by the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

GSP withdrawal to impact export sector 0 5%
The Office of Industrial Economics (OIE) has indicated that Thailand is facing a challenging economic situation this year, with analysts expecting low performing from the export and tourism sectors, general consumption, and investments, citing threats from the novel coronavirus and the absence of the benefits from the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) from the United States.
— Newsline (video)

First Thai infected did not visit fresh markets in Wuhan
The first Thai found to be infected with the coronavirus after a visit to Wuhan, a 73-year-old woman, says she did not go to any fresh markets while holidaying in the Chinese city with other members of her family.
— Bangkok Post

China to protect Thai citizens in China ‘as its own’ amid epidemic
China and Thailand are neighbors and close friends, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi told Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai in a phone call on Tuesday, adding that China will continue to protect the health of Thai citizens in China as it protects its own citizens amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— CGTN

Outbreak batters tourism-related equities
Tourism-related equities have become the second worst performer in the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) index after sliding by more than 14% year-to-date, with shattered first-quarter earnings projected as Chinese tourist arrivals plummet following the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand FM confident in China soon overcoming coronavirus epidemic
Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai said his country believes that China will soon prevail over the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Xinhuanet

DIT urged people not to hoard face masks
The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) has urged people to refrain from hoarding face masks, claiming that there’s enough to go around for at least four to five months.
— Newsline (video)

Novel coronavirus: Thailand’s cab and tuk tuk drivers suffer drop in passenger traffic | Video
Thailand’s cab and tuk tuk drivers are seeing a drop of at least 80 per cent in passenger traffic due to the novel coronavirus situation.
— CNA (video)

Japanese firms in Thailand see confidence sapped by US-China row
Business sentiment among Japanese companies operating in Thailand has been dampened by the ongoing US-China trade row and the baht’s appreciation, sending a benchmark of their confidence for the second half of 2019 to an eight-year low.
— Bangkok Post

How to Establish a Private Limited Company in Thailand
Establishing a private limited company is the preferred structure for foreign investors looking to have a legal presence in the country.
— Asean Briefing

Thailand’s battle to drive down currency will not end well
As a former general, you might expect Thailand’s Prayuth Chan-ocha to know a losing battle when he sees one. Perhaps not, as the prime minister prepares to throw the full weight of the government at currency speculators.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Smog dashes chances of Unesco heritage listing
Air pollution caused by open burning in sugar cane plantations has jeopardised chances for Si Thep Historical Park to be listed as a Unesco World Heritage site, according to Wisan Kositanont, chairman of Phetchabun Provincial Cultural Council.
— Bangkok Post

Thai taxi driver who had coronavirus tells Wuhan to keep fighting
A Thai cab driver who recovered from the new coronavirus after catching it from Chinese tourists said on Wednesday he wanted to encourage the city of Wuhan, the epicenter of the outbreak, to keep fighting the virus.
— Reuters

Thailand’s largest IPO braves market, priced near top of range
Thailand’s largest retailer, Central Retail Corp, priced its initial public offering (IPO) near the top end of an indicative range, in a deal worth about $2.6 billion, setting up the listing of the country’s largest IPO this month.
— Reuters

Thai Navy pays courtesy call on new Philippine Navy chief
The Royal Thai Navy on Wednesday visited the Philippine Navy with the aim to boost the defense cooperation between the two countries.
— GMA Network

Thai evacuation pilot hails ‘heroic’ staff
Thailand’s turn to send an aircraft to Wuhan to bring back its nationals stranded in the locked-down city came on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Sam Mitr bids to protect seats
The latest gathering of the Sam Mitr (Three Allies) group — a key faction within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) — is seen as a show of force intended to warn against any attempts to cut its cabinet seat quota in the reshuffle expected after the no-confidence debate scheduled for this month.
— Bangkok Post

Charter Court to rule on budget and Future Forward on Feb 7th and 21st respectively
Thailand’s Constitutional Court is due to deliver its rulings on the legality of the budget bill for 2020 fiscal year this Friday, and on the fate of the Future Forward party over the 191.2 million baht loan it accepted from party leader Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Police and Immigration receive 10,000 N95 masks from generous donation
The Pattaya City Police and Immigration has received 10,000 N95 masks from the Lak Dan Siam Company in a very generous donation.
— The Pattaya News

Prawit defends police chief promoting his own son
Deputy PM Prawit Wongsuwan said yesterday that there is nothing illegal about the police commissioner promoting his own son to a senior police rank despite not meeting all of the criteria.
— The Thaiger

SCB pessimistic on 2020 GDP growth
Siam Commercial Bank’s Economic Intelligence Center (EIC) has offered the most pessimistic view yet of Thailand’s 2020 economic growth, slashing its forecast from 2.7% to 2.1% after taking into account the coronavirus epidemic and the delayed fiscal budget.
— Bangkok Post

Following Criticism, Cabinet Puts Price Control on Face Masks, Hand Sanitizers
The government on Tuesday placed face masks and hand sanitizers on the price control list in response to complaints of retailers profiteering from the ongoing coronavirus outbreak.
— Khaosod English

Guardians of the forest: six rifles and one bullet a day
Unpaid and underequipped, a group of 20 local volunteers protect the forest in Nong Khai’s Phan Phrao National Park from destruction by encroachers and illegal loggers.
— Isaan Record

Free Mental Health Workshops for Thai Teens in February
In a city where counselling sessions can run for thousands of baht per hour, free mental health workshops for teens will run for four therapeutic days.
— Khaosod English

4 foreigners, 2 Thais nabbed in 3 drug busts
Four foreign nationals and two Thais have been arrested in three separate drug seizures involving heroin, ecstasy pills, cocaine, MDA, LSD and marijuana.
— The Thaiger

No need of PM “bodyguards” during censure debate – Dr. Wissanu
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five cabinet ministers, to be censured by the Opposition in parliament, do not need any guardians because they can fend for themselves, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngarm today.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Floating Market cleans up its act to prevent Coronavirus
Pattaya’s Floating Market has been vigourously scrubbed down in an effort to increase hygiene and prevent the potential spread of the Novel Coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

Man uses shovel to decapitate his neighbor after argument over noise in Sa Kaeo
Sa Kaeo- A 26 year old man decapitated his neighbor last evening at Ban Lao Oi in Sa Kaeo after an argument with his 68 year old neighbor.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya to hold Marine Run 2020
Pattaya is all set to hold Marine Run 2020 next month on the beach. The running event which is held by the Marine Department is to be held in front of Central Festival Pattaya Beach on March 14.
— The Pattaya News

Train hits car in Chiang Mai, family survives
Police from Chiang Mai’s Saraphi police station yesterday received a report of a train hitting a car and rushed with rescuers to the scene at a crossing in Yang Nueng district.
— The Thaiger

73 year old Swede found dead in Chiang Mai condotel
Chiang Mai health authorities have reported the death of a 73 year old Swedish man in the northern province. He was found dead in a his condotel in Chang Phueak district on Monday.
— The Thaiger

 

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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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