Thailand morning news for June 16

Thailand morning news for June 16

Thailand morning newsCAAT to discuss possibility of resuming international flights
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) will hold a meeting with international airlines on Tuesday to discuss preparations for the partial resumption of international services.
— Thai PBS News

75,000 Baht ‘Travel Allowance’ for Thai Airways Execs Slammed
Netizens and politicians were shocked to learn that executives of a national airline struggling with bankruptcy are entitled to a massive travel allowance money.
— Khaosod English

Business trips first, tourist flights later
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand will begin talks on the resumption of international services with airline representatives on Tuesday, director-general Chula Sukmanop said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ends curfew, marks 21 days with no local COVID-19 cases
Thailand on Monday lifted a nationwide curfew after more than two months and allowed restaurants to resume selling alcohol as the coronavirus crisis eased, with 21 days since a recorded case of local transmission.
— CNA

RTAF to launch its first satellite this Friday from French Guiana
The Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) will launch its first satellite into the space this Friday from the Ariane Launch Area 1 in French Guiana, a territory of the French Republic on the Atlantic northeast coast of South America.
— Thai PBS News

Relatives accused of raping minor
Seven people have been accused of raping a 12-year-old girl close to them in this central plain province.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry cuts oil price, continues gas subsidy
The Energy Ministry has cut the ex-refinery oil price by 0.5 baht and will continue to subsidise gas purchases as part of its ongoing measures to provide relief to an economy battered by Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Activists Protest at Cambodian Embassy for Disappeared Critic
BANGKOK — Pro-democracy activists held a protest at the Cambodian Embassy to demand Cambodian’s assistance in finding a Thai fugitive activist who was kidnapped there nearly two weeks ago.
— Khaosod English

Travel bubbles for foreign travel to be discussed on Wednesday
More information has emerged today about the proposed travel-bubble arrangements for foreigners coming to Thailand in the short term.
— The Thaiger

Pheu Thai party blames PM for postponement of local elections
Thailand’s opposition Pheu Thai party has blamed Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha as the main reason for the postponement of local election.
— Thai PBS News

Coronavirus ate local poll budget, claims Wissanu
Local elections may suffer a further delay with budget earmarked to finance them now shifted to fight the Covid-19 pandemic, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand ranked 2nd on Global COVID-19 Index
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha lauded Thailand and its people for their resilience amid the novel coronavirus outbreak, as the Global COVID-19 Index (GCI) shows Thailand is the second best nation in coping with the pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

No more prostitution in Pathum Thani, declare police
Pathum Thani authorities have declared that the world’s oldest profession – prostitution – will no longer be practised in the province after some clients recorded and posted clips of sex workers saying that they had “dealt” with police and they will not be disturbed while providing services.
— The Nation

UN gives Cambodia until June 24 to report on disappearance of Thai activist
The United Nations has given Cambodia until June 24 to investigate and report on the disappearance of Thai pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit.
— The Nation

Govt accord set to tackle tax evasion
The Revenue Department has signed an agreement on mutual tax cooperation with 160 countries — a move that will enable Thailand to tackle tax evasion by foreign e-service providers.
— Bangkok Post

Auto workers miss out as AI gobbles up jobs
Workers in the auto sector are facing the threat of being replaced by artificial intelligence (AI) and having to demand special compensation allowed by the law if they are forced out of a job, according to labour leaders.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand fights to revive reputation as top tourist destination
A leading business hotel in Bangkok is sprucing up rooms, restaurants and hallways to meet new hygiene and safety standards as it prepares to welcome the first trickle of regular customers — foreign airline crews — in August.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Chulalongkorn University vaccine development shows promise
After scientists from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, tested a vaccine against COVID-19 on monkeys on May 23, 2020, the results look promising, as the vaccine generated an immune response in four out of five monkeys that received the first doses.
— Newsline (video)

Prayut, Prawit warn ‘movement’ against palace
The prime minister has issued a warning to those involved in what he calls a movement to undermine the monarchy, but said His Majesty the King has mercy and has told him not to use the lese majeste law against them.
— Bangkok Post

Activist demands quick local elections
Activist Srisuwan Janya submitted a letter to the prime minister and the cabinet on Monday, calling on them to order the Election Commission to organise local elections as soon as possible.
— Bangkok Post

Salmon cannot be contaminated with Covid-19: Disease Control Department
Salmon cannot be contaminated with the Covid-19 virus, Disease Control Department deputy director-general Dr Thanarak Palipat stated.
— The Nation

Agency to push for Bt5,000 monthly remedy for rubber farmers
The Rubber Authority of Thailand plans to propose on June 16 that the Bt5,000 monthly remedial cash be given to 143,700 rubber farmers for three months, Nakorn Tangavirapat, the authority’s deputy governor, said on Monday (June 13).
— The Nation

Thailand may impose curfew again if people do not cooperate
The government can impose the night-time curfew again if people fail to cooperate with disease control measures, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.
— Pattaya Mail

Heavy rain causes flooding in Korat town
Parts of Muang district were flooded after heavy rain pounded the area for several hours on Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post

Thai VietJet becomes first airline to return to Phuket airport
Following the announcement of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) about reopening the Phuket International airport for domestic flight operations from June 13, Thai VietJet is the first and only airline confirmed to resume its operation of the route between Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) and the Phuket international airport to serve passengers demand from that date.
— The Edge Markets

3 protesters ‘breached govt decree’
Police have summonsed at least three people to answer charges of violating the Emergency Decree in connection with a recent gathering to demand a probe into the disappearance in Cambodia of pro-democracy activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit.
— Bangkok Post

Updated rules for taxis, tuk-tuks on displaying adverts
The Department of Land Transport has issued updated rules on mobile advertising as a way to increase revenue for drivers or operators of taxis, tuk-tuks and other vehicles.
— The Nation

Students returning from other provinces face 14-day quarantine
Students who return to Samut Sakhon from other provinces will be quarantined for 14 days before being allowed to rejoin schools, which will open nationwide on July 1.
— The Nation

Myanmar, Thai firms bag contracts for PH rice imports
State-owned Philippine International Trading Corp. (PITC) last week started awarding contract bids for the importation of 300,000 metric tons (MT) of rice as part of the government’s contingency plan to ensure food security.
— Philippine Daily Inquirer

Commerce Ministry seeks B6bn to bolster recovery
The Commerce Ministry is seeking more than 6 billion baht to fund various projects aimed primarily at helping farmers increase sales by improving their product distribution channels, a source at the ministry said.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand 127 national parks to reopen on July 1
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has announced the scheduled reopening of 127 national parks across Thailand from 1 July, following the temporary closure from 25 March as part of the nationwide effort to contain the spread of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19).
— Pattaya Mail

NESDC partners to set up sustainable future cities
The government’s planning unit, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), is set to team up with local communities, civil society and the private sector to develop Lampang and Kanchanaburi municipalities as sustainable future cities (SFCs) between 2020 and 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Ends Safeguard Measures on HR Steel Import
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce will no longer extend safeguard measures on imports of HR coils and sheets of 0.9-50 mm thickness and 600-3048 mm width.
— SteelGuru

Man kills himself after dream of casino job shattered
A Sa Kaew resident gave up on life when he was turned away from the Cambodian border. His aim was to seek employment in one of the casinos in the neighbouring country’s Poi Pet district.
— The Nation

Received excess cash from a malfunctioning Ranong ATM? Return the money immediately
Police warned people who received extra money from a malfunctioning Siam Commercial Bank ATM in Ranong province since June 13 to return the money or risk facing embezzlement charges.
— The Nation

Fisherman falls from seawall, drowns
A man missing since he fell into the ocean while fishing from a seawall in Hua Sai district on Sunday night was found dead on Monday, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Chula students rip shrine demolition
Students from Chulalongkorn University and residents of the Saphan Lueang neighbourhood have expressed their objections against the demolition of the Chao Mae Thap Thim Shrine for a real-estate development.
— Bangkok Post

PM says King does not want lèse-majesté law to be invoked against anyone
Thailand’s lèse-majesté law has not been invoked against anyone in Thailand in the past few years, because of the wishesof His Majesty the King, said Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

PM Promises Local Elections This Year, But No Money for Them Yet
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha on Monday said local elections will be held within this year as planned, despite an earlier statement by his deputy that all the funds have been used on coronavirus relief efforts.
— Khaosod English

Embattled Kriangsak quits new post as acting director of Khon Kaen Hospital
Embattled acting director of Khon Kaen Provincial Hospital, Dr. Kriangsak Watcharakoonkiat, announced today (Monday) that he has decided to quit his new post.
— Thai PBS News

Mask-less sex workers worry public, get fined for prostitution instead
Two sex workers were fined THB1,000 (US$32) each today after a clip spread showing them not wearing face masks while propositioning potential clients.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thailand enters Phase 4 of re-opening, curfew lifted
From today, 95% of Thailand’s businesses have been given permission to reopen as the country enters Phase 4 of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions.
— The Thaiger

Up to 1,000 foreigners per day with smart phone tracking – plan to open Thailand up to foreigners
If approved by authorities, foreigners from low-risk countries will be allowed to enter the country and travel in so-called “travel bubbles” without going through the 14 day quarantine period.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Hunts for Crowned Bats to Verify If They Carry COVID-19
Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Saturday told the media that it had instructed its officials to hunt for crowned bats to verify whether they carry the COVID-19 virus (SARS-CoV-2).
— Khaosod English

Makkasan Museum Honors Laborers Forgotten by Official History
A museum located in the old trainyard area of Makkasan is one of the best kept secrets for those wanting to learn more about the very people who built Thailand – not kings and the elite, but the working class.
— Khaosod English

Police fail to respond to serious domestic violence call
A woman said she was pistol-whipped by her ex-boyfriend, but police did nothing when she first reported the incident.
— The Thaiger

Chulalongkorn set to bulldoze historic Chinese-Thai shrine, build condos
Protesters gathered today to mount a last-ditch effort to save a historic shrine in Bangkok’s Samyan area slated for demolition tomorrow to make way for a high-rise condominium building.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thais continue to provide for the spirits despite tough times
Spirits don’t rest in Thailand, even when there’s a nationwide lockdown and viral pandemic swirling around the world.
— The Thaiger

Airbnb bookings rise by 13% as domestic travel restrictions in Thailand eased
Airbnb Thailand has reported a 13% increase in domestic bookings year-on-year, as travel restrictions across the country are lifted and Thais and expats begin to move around more.
— The Thaiger

Thai property tech startup Zmyhome raises pre-Series A from BonAngels
Zmyhome, a Thailand-based online platform that aims to help people buy homes directly from sellers, has secured undisclosed pre-Series A investment round from BonAngels Venture Partner, an early-stage VC firm based in South Korea.
— e27

Long tailbacks in central Thailand following 10 car pile up
A 10 car pile-up in the central province of Nonthaburi yesterday caused a traffic jam that stretched for several kilometres, causing delays and blocking access to the road.
— The Thaiger

 

 

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