Thailand morning news for July 3

Thailand morning news for July 3

Thailand morning news

Tourism in Thailand to lose up to $47bn from Covid-19: UN study
Global tourism revenues are expected to fall by up to US$3.3 trillion due to Covid-19 restrictions, with Thailand standing to lose $47 billion, according to a UN study published on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

BAAC offers 1 year debt moratorium to 3.3 million farmers and farmer’s groups
Thailand’s state-run Bank of Agriculture and Agricultural Co-operatives (BAAC) has agreed to grant a one-year debt moratorium to 3.3 million farmers, farmer’s groups, agricultural cooperatives and village funds from April.
— Thai PBS News

Union calls for review of mass lay-offs
The labour union of the Business Organisation of the Office of the Welfare Promotion Commission for Teachers and Educational Personnel (Otep) is calling on management to review its lay-off scheme, saying it is unfair to terminate jobs when the organisation’s financial woes stem from poor management.
— Bangkok Post

NHSC votes to ban paraquat and chlorpyrifos in Thailand effective June 1st 2020
Thailand’s National Hazardous Substances Committee (NHSC) today (Thursday) voted not to postpone the June 1st deadline for the ban two toxic weed killers, paraquat and chlorpyrifos.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand unlikely to join CPTPP pact this year
Thailand will take until September to study whether to join a trans-Pacific free trade agreement, potentially missing a window for entry this year amid widespread concern that joining the pact may harm its farm and healthcare sectors.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand records six new COVID-19 cases in quarantine, but no new deaths
Six new COVID-19 cases have been recorded today (Thursday), all among Thais in state quarantine after returning from abroad. The new infections bring the cumulative total in the country…
— Thai PBS News

Domestic flights soar at Chiang Mai airport
The number of domestic flights at Chiang Mai airport has risen more than 50% since Covid-19 restrictions began to be eased.
— Bangkok Post

5,600 racers caught in 11 days
Police arrested more than 5,600 street racers and seized over 17,700 bikes in 11 days after the night curfew was lifted.
— Bangkok Post

On reopening night, scenes of orderly bars and rowdy restaurants clash
Wednesday was the new Friday last night as Bangkok’s bars swung back to life with strict rules in place to prevent a fresh outbreak of the coronavirus.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thailand plans more measures to boost consumption amid COVID-19 pandemic
Thailand is considering introducing new economic measures to boost consumption and help businesses and debtors cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday (Jul 2).
— CNA

UK to ditch travel quarantine for Thailand, 75 countries: report
The British government will effectively ditch its air bridge plans and simply end the coronavirus quarantine rules for those arriving from 75 countries so that people can go on holiday, The Daily Telegraph reported.
— Bangkok Post travel

Govt infighting deflates optimism
Everyone has to be worried about a recent opinion poll, which escaped general attention largely but probably best summarizes how deep the Thai politics is in dire straits.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Bars and Nightclubs Reopen, But Few Customers Return
Nightlife establishments in the resort town of Pattaya were back in business on Wednesday night for the first time in more than three months, though operators said there was little change.
— Khaosod English

Prayut Defends 223 Billion Baht Defense Budget in Pandemic
Opposition MPs on Thursday said the massive defense spending should be slashed and priority given to the economy revival during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Banks demoted from list of most valuable companies
Thailand’s biggest banks aren’t so large when it comes to their market values.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government expresses concerns over public’s mental health during Covid19 Coronavirus crisis
The government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration has expressed concern about the impact of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on people’s mental health, which can lead to suicide.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand remains in Tier 2 for human trafficking efforts
The US 2020 Trafficking in Persons (TIP) report kept Thailand in its Tier2 human trafficking list for three consecutive years, said Poramethi Wimonsiri, permanent secretary for the Social Development and Human Security Ministry.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand considering ‘business bubble’ plan in bid to boost economy
National Security Council (NSC) Secretary-General General Somsak Rungsita said on Wednesday that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration is now discussing accepting foreigners, both tourists (travel bubble) and business people (business bubble).
— The Nation

2020 Q1-Q2 employment reaches 3-year high
Despite the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic, data from the Department of Industrial Works suggests an unexpected increase in employee demands in the first half of this year, due to business expansions and new factory openings.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand prepares for possible 2nd wave of COVID-19 despite no new infected cases
At the Outer Santi Maitri Building, Government House, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha presided over the meeting of the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), gist of which is as follows:
— Pattaya Mail

List of ‘travel bubble’ countries finalised today ahead of Aug reopening
Foreign tourists will be allowed back into the country in August under “travel bubble” arrangements, Tourism and Sports Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn confirmed on Thursday, (July 2).
— The Nation

Thailand Plans Open Borders for High-Spenders on Private Planes
Thailand’s plan to target high-spending foreigners to kick-start its travel sector has a green light after winning Cabinet approval and additional support from the nation’s aviation regulator.
— Bloomberg

Government exempts hotels from annual room fee until 2022
Hotel businesses will be exempted from paying an annual fee to the government until 2022 to help reduce their burden in the aftermath of the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Nation

Somkid meets US envoy to woo investors for Thai Silicon Valley, EEC
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatursripitak met US Ambassador Michael George DeSombre on Thursday (July 2) to talk about developing an economic collaboration between the two countries.
— The Nation

The economy is sick and pills won’t do
Picture this: Your name is “Mr Thai Economy”, and you have contracted the coronavirus in late January.
— Bangkok Post

No written, driving tests needed to extend licences for now
People wishing to renew their driver’s licence will not be required to undergo written and driving tests until the Covid-19 situation comes to an end.
— The Nation

Financial institutions to be closed on July 27
The Bank of Thailand (BOT) announced on Thursday that all financial institutions in the country will be closed on July 27 following the Cabinet’s decision.
— The Nation

Thailand ‘not a suitable host’ for locusts in India, Laos
The two types of locusts swarming and attacking vegetation in Laos and India will not be migrating to Thailand because the weather here is not suitable for them to reproduce, Department of Agriculture’s director general Sermsuk Salakpetch said.
— The Nation

Locals want Chana estate project axed
Residents of Chana district in Songkhla have petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to help halt a government plan to construct an industrial complex near the ocean, where many locals earn a living.
— Bangkok Post

Prosecutors urge police to track down location of Red Bull heir to allow for extradition proceedings
A spokesman for Thailand’s prosecutor’s office this week warned that time may be running out to bring Vorayuth Yoovidhya, the scion of the family at the centre Red Bull drinks empire, to justice.
— Thaiexaminer

Rice Department boosts productivity and quality of rice exports
To meet the global demand for rice, the Rice Department is supporting Thai farmers by developing new rice breeds for the growers, and supporting new technology to help lower capital costs and increase productivity.
— Newsline (video)

Bt600 monthly subsidy for children approved in principle
Commerce Minister Jurin Laksanawisit discussed his concerns about children in families that have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis with the National Child and Youth Development Promotion Commission on Thursday (July 2).
— The Nation

Commerce Ministry holds “Back to School” sale
To help ease the financial burden faced by parents at the beginning of any new school year, the Ministry of Commerce is now offering up to 80 percent in discounts for school uniforms and supplies in its “Lot 5 Back To School” campaign.
— Newsline (video)

Dot Property Black Friday Sale generates significant sales as Thailand property market picks up
There is still demand for Thailand property, it’s just a matter of knowing where and how to locate active buyers.
— Bangkok Post

Online gamblers busted after Bt33.9m embezzled from local govt office
Police investigating a civil servant accused of embezzling Bt33.9 million in public money to feed her gambling habit has uncovered an online network of casinos.
— The Nation

Tourism discount schemes open to public on July 15
Domestic travellers will be able to register for discounts on tourist attractions, hotels and restaurants at www.เราเที่ยวด้วยกัน.com from 6am on July 15.
— The Nation

State Railway of Thailand Keen to Support Export
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is planning to help the country’s export sector by increasing the logistic capacity especially on southern routes where rubber and the rubber tree wood markets generate over one billion baht per month to the Kingdom.
— Newsline (video)

Webinar on Aug 5 to outline measures for recovery of Thai economy
The Board of Investment (BOI) and the Joint Foreign Chambers of Commerce in Thailand (JFCCT) are organising a special webinar entitled “Support Measures for Economic Recovery”.
— The Nation

Police calls on public to help end scourge of motorbike racers
A reward of Bt50,000 is being offered in exchange for reports on motorbike racers in a bid to rid the city of this nuisance.
— The Nation

NPLs the biggest challenge, says new GSB chief
The management of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the second half of the year will be the biggest challenge for Government Savings Bank (GSB), Withai Rattanakorn, its newly appointed president who took office on Wednesday (July 1), said.
— The Nation

Krabi to become first ‘smart airport’ in Thailand with 5G
The Thai government is teaming up with telecommunications juggernaut Huawei to bring 5G networking and services as a part of the nation’s ‘smart airport’ initiative, starting with Krabi airport as a pilot project.
— Tech Wire Asia

Cambodia, Thailand discuss border reopening to recover economy
Cambodia and Thailand have discussed the possibility to reopen international border gates to lift the economic deadlock caused by travel restriction measures to curb the COVID-19 spread.
— Vietnamplus

Thai farmers are trying a new, climate-friendly way to grow rice
A new agricultural program in central Thailand is working with farmers to change the way they grow rice, in a bid to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from rice paddies while saving water, time and money.
— Asean Today

Govt to lure US tech firms
US investors are being urged to develop a Silicon Valley-like centre for innovative tech firms in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC), with the government pledging to devise special promotion packages for them.
— Bangkok Post

Surrogate mothers warned of dangers
Women tempted to earn money by becoming surrogate mothers in countries where there are no laws to regulate the practice have been warned about its potential health and social implications.
— Bangkok Post

Museum Siam reveals special exhibition “Traces of Ratchadamnoen”
Museum Siam in Bangkok recently reopened, featuring a special exhibition “Traces of Ratchadamnoen” which tells stories and the history of Ratchadamnoen Avenue over the past 121 years.
— Newsline (video)

New mentoring programme to help farmers become entrepreneurs
The Department of Agricultural Economics has launched the “Agri Biz Idol” campaign to promote agricultural entrepreneurs using mentoring system in eight categories.
— The Nation

Developer suspected of Phetchabun forest encroachment
The Department of Special Investigation suspects a property developer of encroaching on about 400 rai of Thung Salaeng Luang forest in this upper central plains province.
— Bangkok Post

Rehab in paradise: Western addicts head to Thailand to detox
Kneeling beside a gutter within a walled compound adjoining a complex of golden-roofed temples, 50 men in red pajamas with the word “overcome” on the back are sweating under the midday sun.
— CNN Travel

Southern Thai province eyes Chinese market for native durian
Thailand’s southern province of Pattani said it hopes the Chinese market will pick up its native grown Puangmanee durian to assist the province’s economy which had been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Xinhuanet

Nigerian national accused of rape
A 50-year-old Nigerian man was arrested on Tuesday for allegedly raping his 13-year-old stepdaughter in Min Buri province.
— Bangkok Post

Koh Larn to stay closed to tourists and non Koh Larn residents for now, but relax restrictions for residents
The residents of Koh Larn, an island normally known for its scenic beaches and one of the largest tourism attractions in the Pattaya area has now been closed to the public for a little over a month after a decision by the local residents to help protect the island from Covid-19.
— The Pattaya News

Three suspected insurgents killed in Pattani province
Three suspected insurgents were shot dead and a member of the Government’s security forces was injured in a firefight in Nong Chik district of Thailand’s southernmost province of Pattani this evening (Thursday).
— Thai PBS News

Finance Ministry plans more tourism stimuli to boost rural economies
Thailand’s Finance Ministry is considering extending the Thiew Pan Sook (Happiness Sharing Tour) program to cover community and agriculture based tourism, while providing tourism operators and airlines with access to soft loans.
— Thai PBS News

Banyin’s son denies links to prison break plan
The son of disgraced former government official Banyin Tangpakorn has denied any involvement in his father’s alleged plan to break from Bangkok Remand Prison.
— Bangkok Post

Project turns fishing nets into protection gear
Fisherman Anan Jaitang used to pile tattered nylon fishing nets on the beach after hauls of wriggling crabs tore them beyond repair, but most of the nets wound up in the sea, threatening to entangle turtles and choke coral reefs.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya added to list of proposed travel bubble locations in Thailand by Thai Tourism Ministry
The Thai Tourism Ministry in partnership with the Ministry of Public Health is preparing to finalize countries and locations for upcoming “travel bubbles” for tourists to visit Thailand from low risk countries and locations.
— The Pattaya News

Draft law would ban online alcohol sales in Thailand
In April, the government imposed a nationwide ban on the sale of alcoholic beverages as part of the Emergency Decree to stem the spread of Covid-19.
— The Thaiger

Planks seized from temple, abbot disappears
More than 500 illegally processed wood planks were seized from a temple in Sai Yok district while the abbot disappeared during a search on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s Ying Charoen wet market reopens after fire
Most of the Ying Charoen market in Bangkok’s Bang Khen district reopened after fire destroyed about 160 stalls.
— The Thaiger

Widened spur for domestic tourism ahead: Somkid
The government is considering introducing new economic measures to boost consumption and help businesses and debtors cope with the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya’s Sukhawadee House burns… AGAIN – VIDEO
Pattaya’s venerable tourist attraction Sukhawadee House, a repository of Buddhist relics and artifacts, caught fire late last night, AGAIN.
— The Thaiger

Covid continues to crush passenger demand
The Covid-19 pandemic continues to weigh heavily on international air passenger and cargo markets, with the travel and tourism sectors crippled by widespread lockdowns and travel restrictions according to preliminary May 2020 traffic figures released on June 28 by the Association of Asia Pacific Airlines.
— Bangkok Post travel

Flames damages 65 year-old Ying Charoen market in northern Bangkok
More than 20 fire trucks were needed to extinguish a raging fire at a northern Bangkok market early this morning.
— Coconuts Thailand

From wreckage of heritage in Phrae rises new hope for Thai conservation
Torn down despite its 127-year history, Phrae province’s historic Bombay Burmah Trading Co building may be gone for now.
— Thai PBS News

Night Wish Group donates over 600,000 baht to Teacher Boonchoo Home in Sattahip
The Night Wish Group has donated more than 600,000 baht to Teacher Boonchoo home for special children earlier this week.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya City Mayor and City Hall to help entertainment operators, provide support with landlord disputes during Covid19 closures
The Pattaya City Mayor spoke with The Pattaya News and associated press this afternoon following a meeting at City Hall about measures being taken during the Covid19 Coronavirus crisis to help hundreds of entertainment venue operators in Pattaya whose businesses have been force closed due to the situation.
— The Pattaya News

100 free minutes for phone call support
Mobile users will be able to apply for 100 minutes of free voice calls from tomorrow as part of public assistance during the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Diving boat catches on fire near Koh Larn-Video
A large fire that could be seen from Pattaya and Koh Larn beaches Beach caused significant damage to a diving boat off Koh Larn tonight.
— The Pattaya News

2 arrested in Narathiwat with 1,420 kilograms of meth – VIDEO
Police in the southern province of Narathiwat, on the Malaysian border, arrested 2 men and seized and 1,420 kilograms of crystal methamphetamine hidden in a trailer truck in Tak Bai district in the early hours of this morning.
— The Thaiger

Nong Nooch Gardens scraps dual pricing system for expats with proof of residence
Nong Nooch Gardens, one of Pattaya’s most famous and largest tourist attractions, confirmed to associated press this afternoon that they have decided to cancel two tier pricing for expats who live in Thailand and are residents.
— The Pattaya News

Late K-pop star’s ex jailed for sex video blackmail
The ex-boyfriend of late K-pop star Goo Hara was jailed by an appeal court Thursday for blackmailing her over sex videos that played a part in her apparent suicide.
— Bangkok Post

Dates for Changing the Costume of the Emerald Buddha in Bangkok
The Emerald Buddha is the most important Buddha image in Thailand. It is adorned with three different sets of gold seasonal
— Richard Barrow in Thailand

Despite Some Flaws, River Bridge Park is a Good Step to Greener Bangkok
The newly opened Chao Phraya Sky Park is a welcoming addition to the scarce green space in Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

Outspoken celebs become targets as political hatred flourishes online
A bitter online row raging over social media influencer Sean Buranahiran indicates that the scars of Thailand’s political divide are as deep as ever.
— Thai PBS News

With ‘Garden Bridge,’ designer dreams of a better Bangkok
Amid the run-down splendor of Bangkok’s Chao Phraya River, a band of brilliant green now links the capital’s two halves.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thai Lottery drawing to resume May 16
The Government Lottery Office (GLO) has postponed three lottery drawings: the 1st April, 16th April, and 2 nd May drawings.
— The Pattaya News

Thais flock to new drive-in cinema amid coronavirus
Keen for the big screen but wary of the coronavirus, Thai film fans flocked to a new drive-in cinema on Thursday (Jul 2), which offered a novel cooling system to help combat the discomfort of being confined to cars on a hot and stuffy night.
— CNA

‘Muslim Rom Com’ to Enter Thai Theaters July 30
A romantic comedy about Thai Muslims, made by a Thai Muslim director, and featuring Thai Muslim actors will enter theaters July 30.
— Khaosod English

 

 

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John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

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