Thailand morning news for July 6

Thailand morning news for July 6

Thailand morning news

Thai Airways to offer partial rehab plan in August
Thai Airways International (THAI) will speed up the drafting of its rehabilitation plan to submit it to the Central Bankruptcy Court on Aug 17, when the court is scheduled to begin examining the airline’s rehabilitation request, acting THAI president Chansin Treenuchagron said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Poll shows majority of Thais still worry about coronavirus
Although there have been no locally transmitted Covid-19 cases in Thailand for 41 days, a majority of locals are still worried about the spread of the virus, according to the most recent survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, better know simply as the Suan Dusit Poll.
— The Thaiger

PM to opposition: “Don’t insult my intelligence.”
“The PM emphasised that his government has never approved a project to favour any particular individual or company.”
— The Thaiger

Millions headed home for holiday long weekend
The Transport Ministry says more than 2 million people used public transport on Friday, leading up to the Asahna Bucha Day and Buddhist Lent holiday weekend, to travel to their provincial homes.
— The Thaiger

Pathum Thani police hunt “100 million baht auntie”
Police in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, are tracking down a mysterious loan shark known as “Mrs. Millionaire” to face charges that she hired a man to beat a vendor who owed her money, leaving him with permanent brain damage.
— The Thaiger

Myanmar girl, 5, raped and killed
A five-year-old Myanmar girl was found raped and murdered on Saturday (July 4) in the forest in Tak province.
— The Nation

Five new quarantined coronavirus cases recorded in Thailand today
Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases today (Saturday), all among quarantined returnees from abroad, and no new fatalities. According to the CCSA, three of the new infections are Thai students…
— Thai PBS News

Over 1,700 foreign nationals expected to visit Thailand in August for medical services
More than 1,700 people of 17 nationalities have applied to come to Thailand for medical treatment under medical and wellness programs, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin on Friday.
— Thai PBS News

Investigation into Nonthaburi poisonings reveals huge illicit veterinary drugs racket
The investigation into the recent poisoning and robbery of two joggers in Nonthaburi Public Park has led the police and Food and Drug Administration officials to factory, found to be illegally producing prescription veterinary medicines, in Nakhon Pathom province.
— Thai PBS News

Police Summon Activists Over Laser Graffiti on DefMin
Police summoned the crew behind a recent light spectacle marking the army’s 2010 crackdown on anti-government protests, organizers said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Foreign diplomats invited to see coconuts being picked by monkeys
The Thai Commerce Ministry will invite members of the foreign diplomatic corps to observe the harvesting of coconuts by pigtailed macaque monkeys, in an effort to prove that the process does not involve cruelty to animals, as alleged by animal rights group PETA.
— Thai PBS News

Thai army confirms US army agrees to abide by Thai anti-virus regulations
The US military delegation, due to visit Thailand on July 9th and 10th, will strictly observe the regulations imposed by the CCSA to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Thailand’s Army Public Relations Centre has announced.
— Thai PBS News

U.S. army chief of staff to be spared Thailand’s state quarantine during 2-day visit
The United States’ army chief of staff Gen. James McConville will not be quarantined under anti-pandemic measures in Thailand where he is scheduled to pay a two-day visit next week, said a senior government official on Saturday.
— Xinhuanet

Exodus causes traffic congestion during long religious holidays in Thailand
Exodus to the North and the Northeast caused traffic congestion from early morning as people went on vacation during the extended holiday before the Buddhist Lent.
— Pattaya Mail

House passes 2021 budget bill in first reading
The 2021 fiscal budget bill sailed through the House of Representatives in its first reading on Friday night.
— Newsline (video)

Violence flares again in deep South with explosion, gunfire
Violence in Narathiwat, one of three restive southernmost provinces, has flared again with gunfights and a bomb explosion in a small village in Su-ngai Padi district, officials said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Alcoholic drinks-makers see red over draft law banning online sale
The Thai Alcohol Beverage Business Association (TABBA) wants the government to consider scrapping the draft law banning online sales of alcholic beverages, arguing that it would be unfair to the beverage-makers and also restricted the basic right of consumers, said association president Thanakorn Kuptajit.
— The Nation

Some 5 million Gen Y, Z employees staring at possible job losses
Approximately 5 million Generation Y and Z employees face economic uncertainty as they risk being laid off because they do not have enough working experience, and their salaries were between Bt10,000 and Bt20,000, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce pointed out.
— The Nation

Standards agency cracks down on firms for smuggling, selling low quality products
The Thai Industrial Standards Institute (TISI) recently seized a cache of products that were brought into the country illegally through the National Single Window (NSW) system as well as a stock of low-quality goods that were falsely given the TISI stamp.
— The Nation

CCSA says foreigners, not COVID 19 patients, can enter Thailand
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has reminded that foreigners seeking medical and wellness services in Thailand can now enter Thailand, following the imposition of the fifth phase of easing lockdown restrictions.
— Newsline (video)

Suvarnabhumi gets 90-minute test lab
A Covid-19 test with a 90-minute turnaround will be provided at Suvarnabhumi airport for those who are suspected of carrying the virus.
— Bangkok Post

KTC expects profit to miss target by Bt1 billion due to Covid-19 impact
Krungthai Card (KTC) estimates that its profit for the year would be Bt1 billion below its target following the reduction of interest to support its customers.
— The Nation

Gen Prawit pushes EEC water projects development
Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has called for continuous development of water projects to help farmers and support the growth of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Newsline (video)

Smog returns to southern provinces from Indonesian fires
Smog caused by fires in Indonesia reached the southern provinces of Songkhla, Satun, Narathiwat and Yala on Sunday.
— The Nation

NESDC looks to B400bn budget
The government’s think tank, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), insists the 400-billion-baht budget earmarked for economic and social rehabilitation under the government’s 1.9-trillion-baht coronavirus relief measure will be instrumental in stopping the economy from plunging more than 5-6% this year.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry launches research into immunity against Covid-19
The Ministry of Public Health is planning to conduct research on immunity against the new coronavirus by inviting those who have recovered from Covid-19 and those who have had close contact with patients to participate.
— The Nation

DPM Prawit orders development of three historical cities to attract tourism
The Rattanakosin and Historic Towns Committee has approved a master plan for developing historical cities in Phayao, Suphan Buri and Chiang Rai provinces into tourist destinations.
— Newsline (video)

Reenactment of child rape sparks anger
A Myanmar man who raped and choked a five-year-old girl to death in Tak province reenacted the assault yesterday amid tight police protection to prevent attacks from enraged bystanders.
— Bangkok Post

Thai farmers to get boost from 3,000 foreign investment funds
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has announced plans to establish 3,000 foreign investment funds to support Thai farmers and deal with food shortages.
— The Nation

Suvarnabhumi Airport installs COVID 19 screening and testing unit for foreign arrivals
Suvarnabhumi Airport has installed a COVID-19 screening and testing unit, as the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) partially lifted a ban on international flights on July 1st this year, allowing certain groups of foreigners to enter the kingdom.
— Newsline (video)

Megaprojects to link economic zones with borders
A study is to be undertaken on eight motorway-railway projects linking economic zones with Thailand’s border regions, the Transport Minister said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Tourism scheme offering discounts on rooms, restaurants and flights opens for registration on July 15
The government’s tourism stimulus scheme “Rao Pai Tiew Gun” (Let’s travel together) will open for registration on July 15 with 5 million people eligible for discounts in hotel accommodation and eating in restaurants and 2 million people eligible for partial refund of flight cost.
— The Nation

BMTA to run over 22,000 bus trips a day during long weekend
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) has arranged buses to serve people travelling to bus terminals and airports during the long holiday weekend from July 4 to 7.
— The Nation

PM’s Office delivers waste sorting bins for Bangkok school, temple
The Office of the Permanent Secretary at the Office of the Prime Minister has delivered waste sorting bins to a temple and a school in Bangkok, promoting the practice of waste sorting which can help improve the environment.
— Newsline (video)

Man ‘mistaken to be animal’ allegedly killed by friend while hunting
A hunting expedition by friends went fatally wrong when one friend allegedly shot dead another apparently mistaking him to be an animal.
— The Nation

Two foreigners, a Thai woman arrested over alleged romance scam
Two Nigerian nationals and a Thai woman have been arrested for allegedly running a romance scam at a house in Phetchburi Soi 17 in Bangkok’s Ratchathewi district, Immigration Police chief Pol Lt-General Sompong Chingduang said on Saturday (July 4).
— The Nation

Action Coalition for Thailand party elects new leader
The Ruam Palang Prachachart Thai Party (Action Coalition for Thailand) elected its new executive and leader today (Sunday), following the resignation former leader, M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul.
— Thai PBS News

US ambassador meets deputy PM to discuss Thailand’s “great investment potential”
US Ambassador to Thailand Michael George DeSombre, who raised eyebrows in May when he described the US as “a better friend than China,” has praised the kingdom’s “great investment potential”, highlighting the expansion of current projects and further support for industry as ways to promote further cooperation.
— The Thaiger

Thailand records five new COVID-19 cases in state quarantine
Thailand recorded five new COVID-19 cases on Sunday, all asymptomatic returnees from abroad in state quarantine.
— Thai PBS News

Taweesak elected ACT party leader
Taweesak Na Takuathung has been elected new leader of the Action Coalition of Thailand (ACT), a five-MP party in the coalition government, replacing M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM expresses concern over “travel bubbles”
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed serious concerns about the resumption of international travel under the “travel bubble” scheme, stressing that Thailand must implement a vigorous arrivals screening protocol.
— The Thaiger

Intoxicated navy officer fatally shoots police rescuer
A police volunteer in Chon Buri province’s southern Sattahip district was fatally shot when he tried to rescue a heavily intoxicated navy officer from his flipped vehicle.
— The Thaiger

Thailand gets quarantine “red light” from UK, “green light” from EU
Despite reaching 41 days without a locally transmitted case of Covid-19, Thailand is still designated as a “red light” country and Thais arriving in England will still be required to self-isolate for 14 days.
— The Thaiger

Thai cities getting pricier for expats
Bangkok and Chiang Mai remain among the 30 most expensive cities for expats in Asia, with Ashgabat in Turkmenistan still on top of the global and Asian tables.
— Bangkok Post property

Botched Raid in Deep South Left 1 Officer Dead
Police on Friday said a security officer was killed during a search operation in Pattani province.
— Khaosod English

Hear That Thunder Rumbling? Brace for a Week of Rain
That sound of fireworks going off on Independence Day could very well be a thunderstorm coming your way. And it won’t stop there.
— Khaosod English

Pattani Eyes Chinese Market to Sell Its 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.
— Khaosod English

Man fatally shot in hunting expedition
Authorities in Lamphun province, south of Chiang Mai, have arrested 29 year old Weerachai Rorwongtawan for allegedly shooting dead his friend, Phitsunu Tanupetchpan, while hunting with 2 others.
— The Thaiger

Today is Asalha Puja day in Thailand, tomorrow starts Buddhist Lent-no booze sales
Asalha Puja falls on the full moon day of the eighth lunar month, coinciding with the fifth of July this year.
— The Pattaya News

Hope, fear as kingdom’s gates creak ajar
Tourism operators and residents in five southern tourist destinations which may open up to foreign travellers next month are optimistic about the government’s travel bubble scheme.
— Bangkok Post

UK supermarkets may ban Thai coconut products over use of monkeys
The Thai Animals Protection Association has urged the Commerce and Agriculture ministries to issue a clarification to British retailers quickly about the use of pigtailed macaques in the harvesting of coconuts in Thailand.
— Thai PBS News

Thai boxing matches resume after lockdown, but audiences stay home
Thai boxing matches resumed on Saturday (Jul 4) after more than three months as the nation eases its coronavirus lockdown, but fans of the popular sport will have to make do with watching on television for now.
— CNA

Schools Still Ignore Gov’t Revised Haircut Rule
Public schools across the country continue to impose an old, abolished dress code that forces students to wear their hair short, activists said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Thai gamers trash talk proposed ban on long, violent streams
Gamers are opening fire on rumors that a ban on streaming violent games and long sessions is in the works.
— Coconuts Thailand

See Venus With the Naked Eye Wednesday Morning
Consider waking up early (or staying up late) to glimpse Venus, visible nationwide on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Opinion: Let’s Apply Our Virus Vigilance on Other Calamities
Imagine what Thailand can achieve if it puts in daily government updates and summary of coronavirus infections to other calamities that plague our country.
— Khaosod English

Film fans bid farewell to Thailand’s temple of cinema, Scala
Bangkok’s last surviving standalone cinema – the iconic Scala at Siam Square – is bidding farewell to movie fans this weekend after half a century of ups and downs.
— Thai PBS News

 

 

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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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