Thailand morning news for June 9

Thailand morning news for June 9

Thailand morning news

Seven million farmers receive subsidies
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) has transferred subsidies to 7.1 million farmers and accelerated correction of incorrect bank account details of 214,000 farmers.
— NNT

THAI rehabilitation may take up to 7 years: legal advisor
The rehabilitation of flag carrier Thai Airways International Plc may take up to seven years, the airline’s legal advisor said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Pressure grows for independent body to scrutinise Bt1 trillion recovery spending
In an attempt to prevent corruption, pressure is mounting on the government from all sides of society to set up independent ad hoc committees to scrutinise its spending of the Bt1 trillion loan allocated for helping the economy recover from the virus pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

THAI shifts flights to August launch date
Hemmed in by bankruptcy court hearings on its restructuring plan, Thai Airways International is delaying the resumption of 30 services in Asia until August at the earliest.
— TTR Weekly

Interprovincial bus services on Southern route to resume on 9th June
The interprovincial bus services to all southern destinations will be ready to serve passengers starting on Tuesday, after over two months of closure.
— NNT

Thailand reports 8 new COVID-19 cases
Thailand today reported on the COVID-19 situation, and confirmed eight new cases among returnees from foreign countries; they are all now in state quarantine.
— NNT

PM Prayut orders Labor Ministry to support Thai workers who wish to work abroad
With many countries starting to relax anti-COVID-19 restrictions, Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, is making sure that Thai workers are ready to work abroad once the pandemic subsides.
— NNT

Thai exile’s suspected kidnapping sparks protests over ‘missing’ critics
Protests flared in Bangkok on Monday against the suspected kidnapping of a Thai activist in Cambodia which has reignited protests against Thailand’s military-royalist elite, with some online questioning a law banning criticism of the monarchy.
— CNA

Thai Embassy reports 38 Thais in Egypt infected with coronavirus
Thirty-eight Thai citizens in Egypt have been infected with COVID-19, with only one having recovered, according to the Thai Embassy in Cairo today.
— Thai PBS News

Saving Thailand’s Elephants
With borders closed since March and tourism all but non-existent in the Land of Smiles due to the global pandemic, the entirety of Thailand’s tourism industry has been deeply impacted.
— Departures

Thailand: New smell-proof boxes for durian delivery
The Thailand Institute of Scientific and Technological Research (TISTR) has introduced fruit packaging innovation including odor-proof boxes for durians.
— Fresh Plaza

#BlackLivesMatter sparks reflection on injustices in Thailand
A Facebook user has questioned whether those who believe in #BlackLivesMatter will ignore the catalogue of violence and discrimination in Thailand.
— Prachatai English

Citing Coronavirus, DefMin Seeks Citizens’ Mobile Phone Locations
The Ministry of Defense on Monday confirmed a proposal asking mobile phone operators to give up the location data of those who were in close proximity to coronavirus patients.
— Khaosod English

National Rights Body Says It’s Monitoring Activist Abduction Cases
Thailand’s state-sanctioned human rights agency on Monday denies turning a blind eye to the spate of abduction targeting Thai dissidents living overseas.
— Khaosod English

Murder investigation launched as body of Ukrainian woman found on Koh Samui
Two weeks after she went missing, the body of a 32 year old Ukrainian woman has been found in a wooded area of Koh Samui.
— The Thaiger

Thai village official arrested for posting child pornography online
An assistant village headman was arrested yesterday after posting videos online of him allegedly raping his daughter.
— The Thaiger

Thailand to brace for deterioration in job outlook
Thailand’s Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) on has expressed concerns over the job outlook which would deteriorate sharply and take a longer time to return to normal following the impact of the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic.
— The Star Online

Thailand ‘State of Emergency’ may be extended
The state of emergency may be extended while schools and airports will reopen and there will be long holidays next month, according to Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai Activists Raise Alarm Over New Proposed Lao Mekong Dam
izations have raised alarm bells following last month’s announcement that the Mekong River Commission will begin its prior consultation process on the Sanakham hydropower plant, a new Mekong River dam project in northern Laos.
— VOA

On the Thai-Myanmar border, COVID-19 closes a billion-dollar racket
The closure of dozens of illegal trade gates along the border with Thailand to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is causing shortages of everything from beer and energy drinks to detergent and cosmetics, highlighting the vast scale of informal trade with Thailand.
— Frontier Myanmar

Banking on the sea
Fishing is big business in the South China Sea and Gulf of Thailand. The industry supports millions of people in the region and accounts for some 10 per cent of total global fisheries production every year.
— UN Environment Programme

Ministry eyes B3,000 handout for tourists
Eligible recipients of domestic tourism stimulus measures will be entitled to a 3,000-baht cash handout that will automatically be deducted from their bills when they spend nights or pay for food or services at participating hotels, restaurants and related tourism operators, says an informed source at the Finance Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

ASEAN’s Huaren Titans Must Pay Their Dues Beyond COVID-19
In a recently leaked letter, Thai Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha made an unconventional appeal to the kingdom’s so-called “five families” to do more for their country during the ongoing coronavirus crisis.
— Asean Economist

Thailand extradites Israeli jailed for running illegal clinic
Israeli man jailed in Thailand for running an illegal medical clinic, as well as possessing illegal firearms and drugs, was on Sunday extradited to Israel.
— Ynetnews

Litigious poultry farm loses defamation cases in Thailand
A court in Thailand has dismissed criminal defamation charges against two people who were among more than 20 targeted in various cases by a poultry company in what critics say is a campaign of legal intimidation.
— Star Tribune

Thailand Tax Agency Announces Tax From Home Campaign for Online Services Due to Coronavirus
The Thai Revenue Department May 19 announced the launch of the “tax from the home” campaign for online tax services, due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bloomberg Tax

Govt denies phone tracking
The Ministry of Defence has denied requesting mobile phone location data from the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) to monitor the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Over 90 pct of Thai population show awareness in preventing COVID-19: survey
A joint health survey has shown that the general Thai public have shown significant improvement in maintaining hygiene during the present COVID-19 pandemic.
— Xinhuanet

Pandemic Hits Thai Start-Ups Hard
Southeast Asia is proving to be one of the most successful and fastest growing digital markets in the world.
— The Asean Post

Bangkok rail hub nears completion
Thailand’s rail transport sector is finally coming together.
— Bangkok Post

Roadside food banks help Thais get by in virus-stricken economy
Over the past month, boxes with food and daily necessities have proliferated on streets across Thailand, cropping up near cafes and homes and in front of office buildings.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Tourism Authority of Thailand advises tourists to adopt ‘New Normal’ practices
The governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has encouraged tourists to embrace ‘New Normal’ behaviours as tourism promotion measures will be concluded next week.
— Pattaya Mail

Labour Ministry launches farm vehicle workshops
To help improve the skills of farmers to meet the market’s needs, the Ministry of Labour is working with a farm vehicle company to organize 4 training courses, which will help ensure farmers’ ability to get back on their feet once the coronavirus is no longer a factor.
— Newsline (video)

Video: Thai businesses develop robots to adapt to coronavirus era
The coronavirus outbreak has accelerated the development of the robotics industry in Thailand, as companies race to devise solutions to meet increased hygiene and medical needs.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Planning retirement or investment in property in Thailand? Here’s all you need to know
Thailand is a top destination for many nationalities to retire to, buy holiday homes or invest in realty.
— Gulf News

Chaiwatthanaram temple, a world-class education destination
The ongoing restoration of Chaiwatthanaram temple, an ancient Thai Buddhist temple, has received support from the Embassy of the United States in Bangkok.
— Newsline (video)

Govt bid to help ex-convicts find jobs
The Ministry of Justice plans to establish skill development centres for unemployed prisoners after their release in the hope to reduce the number of jobless ex-convicts.
— Bangkok Post

60 Year-old Surfer Attacked and Killed by Huge Great White Shark
A 60-year-old surfer was attacked and killed by a 3-meter great white shark off the coast of northern New South Wales state on Sunday, officials said.
— Chiang Rai Times

BMTA rehabilitation plan approved in principle
The State Enterprise Policy Committee (SEPC) approved in principle the plan for the rehabilitation of the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority at a meeting on Monday, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration moves to three press briefings a week due to improved Covid19 situation in Thailand
Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, the spokesman for the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration in Bangkok, also known as the CCSA, confirmed this afternoon that the center would be moving to three briefings a week due to the improved situation with the Covid19 Coronavirus in the country.
— The Pattaya News

Many Celebs are Silent, But Some Speak Out Over Missing Activist
Several celebrities, including a former Miss Universe Thailand, joined a social media campaign Monday demanding answers over the alleged abduction of an exiled activist in Cambodia.
— Khaosod English

Southern Hotels, Empty of Tourists, to Get Financial Aid
Large- and medium-sized hotels in Phuket and other provinces in southern Thailand will financially survive for the rest of this year, a leading hotelier said on Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Domestic tourists return to Thai beaches
Authorities in each area are working hard to maintain safety at Thai tourist attractions.
— NNT

Chiang Mai organizes tree planting activity to create green space
Chiang Mai has organized a tree planting activity to increase the number of green areas in Chiang Mai and create food security in urban areas.
— NNT

Department of Land Transport: New Normal Driving License Test
The Department of Land Transport or DLT has reopened its service providing driving license tests.
— NNT

PM Stresses Beach Regulations
Images of beaches overflowing with tourists have caused concern about the COVID-19 outbreak.
— NNT

Education Minister checks new normal measures at schools in Chonburi, Rayong
A round of exams, for students applying for seats in Grade 10, took place across Thailand yesterday (June 7).
— NNT

Defense Ministry, MOPH seek more rooms to accommodate Thais returning from abroad
The number of Thai returnees is currently limited to 200-300 people per day. While the situation in the country has improved, the situation in foreign countries is often still worrisome.
— NNT

Tour operators to get marine park quotas
Prospects for the reopening of marine national parks look promising after the Environment Minister noted that local tourism operators will be given quotas for how many visitors can visit each park.
— Bangkok Post

Decision on reopening of Thailand’s national parks expected this Friday
Thailand’s Natural Resources and Environment Minister,Woravuth Silpa-archa, will meet with senior officials from the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation this Friday to decide which national parks can be fully or partially reopened to the public.
— Thai PBS News

Anti-graft panel pick draws flak
Senate Speaker Pornpetch Wichitcholchai plans to petition the Constitutional Court to rule whether Suchart Trakulkasemsuk is eligible to become a new member of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), amid criticism of the appointment.
— Bangkok Post

Remembrances of Red Trauma (23) – Lessons of the defeat of the Red Shirts
Back in 2010, I thought the protests were taking us close to a change towards a democratic system, where everyone would be under the constitution.
— Isaan Record

One Thai monk and five Burmese monks among group arrested for illegal house party in Chonburi
One Thai monk and five Burmese monks were among a group of twenty one people arrested in a luxury beach house party in Sattahip last night.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand activists hold online Black Lives Matter protest
While the US is on the complete opposite side of of the world, some in Thailand joined an online protest yesterday on the Zoom video-conferencing software.
— The Thaiger

Beaches at Phuket to Reopen as COVID-19 Cases Subside
Phuket Provincial Governor Phatkhapong Thaviphat on Sunday announced that Phuket beaches will reopen this Tuesday as there had not been a single new infection on the island for the past 15 days.
— Khaosod English

Transgender students officially recognized at Thammasat U.
Thailand’s Thammasat University has taken a big step in the recognition and promotion of the rights of transgender students on campus.
— Thai PBS News

Online cases spur debate over alcohol law
A debate over Thailand’s alcohol control law has been rekindled in earnest after hundreds of online users and operators were fined in recent months.
— Bangkok Post

‘We’re not drug dealers’: Brewers, bar owners want advertising ban lifted
Bar owners and liquor entrepreneurs are calling for an end to a longstanding ban on alcohol advertising they think is deeply flawed and misguided.
— Coconuts Thailand

A Week Into ‘Phase 3,’ People Flock to Beaches, Gyms
Gyms, beaches, churches, and other “mid-risk” venues are crowded with visitors a week into the “Phase 3” of government easing coronavirus lockdown measures.
— Khaosod English

Policeman survives fall from roof in northern Thailand
A policeman in the northern province of Phitsanulok has had a lucky escape after he slipped and fell while re-arranging flags on the roof of the police station.
— The Thaiger

Shopkeeper attacked with knife after refusing to give alcohol to customer with no money on credit in Pattaya area
A Pattaya area shopkeeper has sustained several injuries after refusing to give alcohol to a customer with no money on credit in Banglamung this morning.
— The Pattaya News

22 tonnes of seized marijuana passed on to researchers
Ever wonder where all the marijuana goes after it’s been confiscated by police?
— The Thaiger

Police officer faces scrutiny after flying helicopter onto temple grounds
A high-ranking tourist police officer landed the department’s helicopter at a famous Buddhist temple in Southern Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Inspection reveals some Bangkok massage shops flouting hygiene measures
An inspection of Bangkok massage shops has revealed that some premises are being too lax in their implementation of mandatory hygiene measures.
— The Thaiger

 

 

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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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