Thailand morning news for June 23

Thailand morning news for June 23

Thailand morning newsThailand aims to start human vaccine trials of Covid-19 in October
A trial of a COVID-19 vaccine candidate in monkeys has been successful, with the subjects showing higher immune responses.
— The Pattaya News

Bank of Thailand foresees no surge in bad loans
The capital positions of Thailand’s commercial banks will remain strong and the latest measures to bolster their buffer will be good for the long term, the central bank said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

CCSA officials plan to allow 7 groups of foreigners to enter Thailand
Authorities are still trying to figure out who will be allowed to enter Thailand, and how it should be handled.
— The Thaiger

Proposed entertainment venue anti-COVID-19 measures if they reopen
A detailed list of measures, which will potentially be applied to pubs, bars and karaoke bars, if they are allowed to resume business on July 1st, has been drawn up.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand: No hurry to reboot airline travel
A senior director in the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said at the weekend that international flights were not likely to resume in Thailand until late September.
— TTR Weekly

Thai trials of Covid-19 vaccine reach make-or-break stage
Thai scientists administered a second dose of an experimental Covid-19 vaccine to monkeys on Monday, looking for another positive response to enable clinical trials in humans as early as October.
— Bangkok Post

BoT chief applications deadline may be extended
The application deadline for the Bank of Thailand’s next governor is likely to be extended after a selection committee decided that four applicants are not enough.
— Bangkok Post

US, Brazil protest Thailand’s pesticide ban on wheat, soy imports
The United States and Brazil lodged separate protests with the government over its ban on two farm chemicals earlier this month, documents reviewed by Reuters show, saying the restrictive and serious move could hurt key agricultural exports.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Airways Flies More Stranded Thais Home
Thai Airways flew more stranded Thai people home last week with special repatriation flights taking place from Australia, Indonesia and New Zealand.
— TravelNewsAsia

Official arrested for B33m embezzlement
A female official in the finance and account section of the provincial administration office of this lower central province has been arrested for siphoning off a total of 33 million baht from the office during the past year, local media reported.
— Bangkok Post

Government prepares more groundwater wells to alleviate drought
The Department of Groundwater Resources has been working on its new groundwater project, seen as a solution to the low water supply in drought-affected areas of the country. More details in this report.
— Newsline (video)

Confirmed: Investors, medical tourists to be allowed in first
It was confirmed on Monday that investors and businessmen based in Thailand, and medical tourists, would probably be the first foreigners allowed in when the kingdom gradually reopens its doors to outsiders.
— Bangkok Post

DKSH to commercialise seven generic formulations of Biocon Pharma in Singapore and Thailand
Biocon Pharma and DKSH Business Unit Healthcare have signed an agreement under which DKSH will sell and distribute seven of Biocon Pharma’s generic formulations in Singapore and Thailand.
— Express Pharma

EEC Office to push for more foreign businesspersons to be let into Thailand
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office will propose that the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) consider allowing groups of foreign business operators to visit EEC provinces, EEC Office secretary-general Kanit Sangsubhan said.
— The Nation

Cambodian migrants get nod to remain
Cambodia and Myanmar had an agreement with Thailand to allow more than 100,000 migrants with expired employment permits to continue working until the end of next month, the Department of Employment in Thailand said recently.
— Khmer Times

Thailand post-COVID-19: Food and agriculture exports continue to ‘star’ – trade chiefs
Food and agriculture products are expected to help Thailand maintain its export trade worldwide post-COVID-19, despite the significant logistical challenges seen in all major export modes of transportation so far.
— Foodnavigator-asia

Thailand ready to send workers abroad once restrictions ease
The export of Thai workers to jobs abroad ground to a halt this year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Hoteliers push back at Thailand’s shift to target high-end tourists
Thai hotel industry professionals are concerned that the government’s plan to shift its focus away from mass tourism and backpackers to high-spending travellers could mean that small businesses will be overlooked.
— TTG Asia

Villagers protest against planned garbage-fuelled power plant
About 100 people gathered in protest on Monday against a plan to build a garbage-fuelled power plant near their community in Khong district.
— Bangkok Post

TAT told to have tourism packages ready by July 1
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) will propose registration methods for the three domestic tourism stimulus packages – Kum Lang Jai (Encouragement), Rao Pai Tiew Gun (Let’s travel together), and Tiew Pan Suk (Trips to share happiness) – to the Cabinet on June 30.
— The Nation

Thailand exports €538 mln of durians to China from January to April
China’s huge appetite for Thai durians remained strong and undiminished by the Covid-19 pandemic as evidenced by the country importing €537.6 mln worth of durians from Thailand in the first four months of this year.
— Fresh Plaza

Thailand to farm new rice variety seeking export advantages
Farmers in Thailand will start cultivating the first lot of the KorKhor 79 rice variety this year, aiming to introduce the new soft rice variety to the export market, especially in Asia.
— Pattaya Mail

SCB unveils nanofinance for low-income earners
Siam Commercial Bank’s (SCB) digital lending arm Monix has launched a nanofinance service for low-income earners, with a loan target of 300 million baht for the first year of operation.
— Bangkok Post

This underwater sculpture is helping to restore coral reefs in Thailand
Dive beneath the brilliant blue waters surrounding Thailand’s Koh Tao island and you might come face to face with a giant sculpture of the sea goddess Mazu.
— World Economic Forum (blog)

Minister plans to turn convicts into a formidable workforce to send abroad
In a move to help convicts start a new life after prison, Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin is planning to launch a campaign to boost their professional and language skills so they can find work overseas.
— The Nation

New Egat contract cuts gas purchases from PTT
State-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is fuelling its growth in liquefied natural gas (LNG) shipping by reducing its gas purchases from national energy conglomerate PTT in a new 10-year contract.
— Bangkok Post

Skywalk at Iyerweng Sea of Mist to be completed this year
The construction of ASEAN’s longest Skywalk, situated in Betong district, Yala province, will be completed by the end of this year.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Bank Dividend Restrictions Part of Common Regulatory Playbook
The Bank of Thailand’s capital distribution restrictions announced on 19 June 2020, which follow similar responses from other regulators to the economic uncertainties caused by the coronavirus pandemic, provide further support to Thai banks’ capital buffers, Fitch Ratings says.
— Fitch Ratings

Thai rubber gloves maker set to raise $484m to speed expansion
Thailand’s Sri Trang Gloves, which describes itself as the world’s third-largest manufacturer of rubber gloves, has priced an initial public offering to raise nearly $500m, capitalising on surging demand for its product because of Covid-19.
— Financial Times

Three people face arrest after Banyin’s escape plot foiled
Investigators will issue arrest warrants for three people who are said to be involved in an alleged jailbreak plan involving former deputy minister for commerce Banyin Tangpakorn this week.
— Bangkok Post

Officials push for Cambodian-Thai border opening
Banteay Meanchey provincial governor Um Reatrey on Monday met with Thai officials from Sa Kaeo province to discuss reopening the Poipet international border checkpoint.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Buddhist temples get green light for religious gatherings
The Sangha Supreme Council has given temples nationwide the go-ahead for organising religious activities now that the Covid-19 situation has improved.
— The Nation

New study shows how Thai women in 19th century Bangkok fought to defend their land rights in court
A new study by researchers at Thailand’s Chulalongkorn University tells a unique story of how Thai women have historically defended their rights to land and property and, in at least one case, were more productive agricultural land owners than men.
— Asean Today

Thailand reports 3 new imported coronavirus cases; 28 days without local transmission
Thailand on Monday reported three new coronavirus cases, all imported, marking 28 days without local transmission, a senior official said.
— CNA

CCSA to consider opening Thailand’s borders to limited entry by foreign visitors
Thailand’s Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) is to consider opening the country’s borders to allow a limited number of foreigners to enter the country under the proposed travel bubble.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand today records three new COVID-19 cases among returnees from India
Three Thais, who returned from India on June 15th, are infected with coronavirus, as Thailand has remained free of locally transmitted infections for 28 consecutive days.
— Thai PBS News

More Than 40,000 Arrested for Curfew Breach, Police Say
Thai police on Friday released a report indicating that more than 40,000 people were arrested for defying the night curfew, which was intended to curb the spread of COVID-19.
— Khaosod English

General Prawit accepts invitation to head Palang Pracharat party
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has, as had been widely anticipated, accepted the invitation, from a group of core party members, to become the new leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party.
— Thai PBS News

Price spike for Thai latex, condoms and medical gloves in demand
It’s clear the coronavirus pandemic has lead to a surge in demand for plastic gloves, but demand has also increased for condoms (locked up for 2 months, blah, blah…).
— The Thaiger

Orphaned Teen Paints Landscapes of His Town for College Money
With each painting of lush wet rice fields with leaping catfish, each blooming lotus pond with palms in the background brings one 18-year-old boy closer to his dream of being an architect – and preserving his hometown’s beautiful environment.
— Khaosod English

Army whistle-blower granted bail for absence charge
A sergeant who exposed corruption in the army has been granted bail from a military court for the charge of unauthorised absence.
— Bangkok Post

Several Chinese Nationals arrested in Pattaya for allegedly running illegal loan service
Two Chinese nationals have been arrested in Pattaya this morning and accused of allegedly running an illegal loan service charging substantially high interest rates through a phone application.
— The Pattaya News

Police Surround Political Sites Ahead of Revolt Anniversary
Police in Khon Kaen province were stationed today at landmarks associated with the 1932 democratic revolt ahead of its anniversary on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Experts say just arresting teens doesn’t stop street racing
It’s going to take more than simply arresting street racers to stop the so-called ‘dek waen’ motorbike riders from speeding through city streets, police say.
— The Thaiger

First China-Made ‘Golden Line’ Train Delivered to Thailand
Thailand’s first self-driving vehicle, the Bombardier Innovia Automated People Mover (APM) 300, has arrived at Laem Chabang Port in Thailand’s eastern province of Chonburi on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Princess’s missing dog found and reunited with its owner
“Khun Homnuan”, the missing pet dog of Her Royal Highness Princess Siribhachudhaporn, has been found and returned to its owner.
— Thai PBS News

Work on Bombay Burmah house begins
The Fine Arts Department has begun rebuilding a demolished trading post that once belonged to the Bombay Burmah Trading Co in Phrae on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s revamped Khaosan Road may reopen in August, without international tourists
Bangkok’s Khaosan Road, for decades a pilgrimage for backpackers from all over the world, looks set to reopen in August.
— The Thaiger

Man rescued from drowning on Jomtien Beach by fellow beachgoer
A beachgoer rescued a man from drowning at Jomtien Beach yesterday afternoon and is being credited with saving the life of the drowning man.
— The Pattaya News

 

 

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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.

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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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