Thailand morning news for March 10

Thailand morning news for March 10

Thailand morning news

COVID-19 in Asean: Thai Airways axes flights to 7 international destinations
Thai Airways International (THAI) is the latest regional carrier to feel the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak in Asean, today (March 9) announcing the cancellation of flights to seven international destinations. The cuts are the second introduced by the airline in response to the COVID-19 outbreak
— AEC News Today

DIT delivers masks directly to pharmacies
Face masks continue to be difficult to find due to the high demand caused by COVID-19 fears. The Thai Pharmacies Association yesterday released a statement saying that it has not received any of the 25,000 masks a day, promised by the Department of Internal Trade, for sale to the general public.
— NNT

Transport Minister – 10,000 baht reward for information about high-risk groups who refuse to enter quarantine
The Transport Minister, Saksayam Chidchob, said the government will award 10,000 baht to people who provide information about those who are at a high risk of being infected with COVID-19 but refuse to undergo the 14-day quarantine.
— NNT

Thai Airways says medical certificate will be needed to board in at-risk countries
Thai Airways said on Monday that it will comply with the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand’s guideline that all boardings in at-risk countries must be accompanied by a health certificate due to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Thai Inquirer

Face masks snapped up at GPO outlet as ban on exports lifted
A queue of 700 people began forming as early as 3am this morning in front of the main outlet of the Government Pharmaceutical Organization, the maximum number eligible to buy a set of ten face masks, one bottle of 450 cc alcohol and two tubes of sanitizer gel at a total cost of 99 baht.
— Thai PBS News

Tourist arrivals plummet 44.3% in February due to coronavirus
The number of tourist arrivals in Thailand fell 44.3% in February from a year earlier, due to the coronavirus epidemic, the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Kasikorn bank stops exchanging foreign cash
One of Thailand’s biggest banks has announced it is closing all its foreign exchange booths and will cease exchanging foreign cash in its branches, effective immediately.
— The Thaiger

PM asks gov’t officials to show people clarity
The Prime Minister has urged government agencies to help create confidence and trust among the general public over the government’s efforts to solve national crises, especially the COVID-19 epidemic, economic issues and the drought, asking them to help create clarity and make rational and transparent decisions.
— NNT

186 returnees from South Korea quarantined at navy base
Sattahip naval base in Chon Buri province has received 186 Thai returnees from South Korea for observation, but the number of local cases of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) infection unchanged on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Pha Ngan – Surat Thani ‘Full Moon Party’called off, losing 100 million baht
A patient, who tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from Iran, is now being treated at a hospital in Nakhon Sri Thammarat province in the south of Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

MEA determines measures to tackle COVID-19
Miss Pasuk Sampoonachot, Public Relations Director, the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), revealed that the MEA has declared measures to prevent and control the spread of COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, setting up screening points for workers and those visiting its buildings as well as electricity payment rooms.
— Bangkok Post

Seven Uyghurs Jailed for Prison Break in Thailand
Seven Uyghurs who broke out of an immigration detention center in northeastern Thailand earlier this year were sentenced last week to two years in jail for the offenses, their lawyer said.
— Radio Free Asia

Qatar bans arrivals from Thailand over virus fears
As of today (Mar 9) Qatar has temporarily barred travellers from 14 countries, including Thailand, as a precaution against the rapidly spreading coronavirus.
— The Phuket News

National Water Administration Center pushes for measure to seek more water for EEC
The National Water Administration Center has followed up on the result of a survey on drought-affected areas and assistance for drought-affected people in 2020.
— Newsline (video)

Cash won’t cure malaise
Predicaments arising from the Covid-19 outbreak — from face mask distribution issues to sluggish control measures and a controversial cash handout scheme — have put the government in hot water, with a crisis of confidence looming on the horizon.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s stifled democracy: The legacy of Future Forward and its 1MBD allegations
In the weeks since Thailand’s Constitutional Court dissolved the popular progressive Future Forward party, thousands of students across the country have organized demonstrations calling for an end to the military’s grip on politics.
— Asean Today

PM calls for more border gates with Thailand
Prime Minister Hun Sen on Monday highlighted the importance of opening the border gate in Pursat province’s Thma Da commune, near the border with Thailand. He urged officials to negotiate with Thai authorities to make it happen.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Supoj’s ill-gotten assets returned to government
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has returned 17.5 million baht and other assets stolen by burglars from a house owned by Supoj Saplom, a former transport permanent secretary, to the Finance Ministry on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Researchers reveal cyber threats in 2020
Media policy researchers have revealed new cyber threats in 2020 using deceptive news to steal private data, and has recommended preventative measures for people and organizations.
— Newsline (video)

Coronavirus: Grab shuts Singapore, Thailand offices after one tests positive
Grab Holdings Inc. closed offices in Singapore and Thailand for five days of cleaning after a Singapore-based employee, who previously visited the Bangkok office, tested positive for the coronavirus.
— Livemint

Betong district of Yala as a tourism model city
Betong district of Yala province is a model tourism city that generates tourism income every year. The government is promoting the area’s community-based tourism in preparation for the opening of Betong Airport this year.
— Newsline (video)

Australian dad on death row in Thailand
A father sentenced to death in Thailand is pleading for Australian authorities to intervene after his appeal attempt failed.
— 9News

Storms cause farmed fish die-off
Hundreds of tonnes of tilapia fish being raised in baskets have died in three districts following recent summer storms in the area, causing about 20 million baht damage, a senior official said.
— Bangkok Post

Southeast Asia’s lost dream of open societies
Thai student activists speak to the media during a press conference for the ‘Run Against Dictatorship’ event at Thammasat University in Bangkok, Thailand, 16 December 2019.
— LaCroix International

COVID-19 drags February 2020 TCC Confidence Index to 27-month low
The COVID-19 epidemic and the drought have been major economic drawbacks, causing a slowdown in the Thai economy.
— NNT

Excise Department offers tax benefits for alcohol used to make hand sanitizers
The Excise Department has offered a tax exemption program for the processing of liqueur with 80% or more alcohol content to make hand sanitizers.
— NNT

Cloth mask workshops take place across country
In wake of the current surgical mask shortage, cloth face masks are considered an alternative for personal protection.
— NNT

SET tumbles 8%, PTT Group shares lead losses
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index nosedived on Monday in its worst intraday session since December 2014, with oil-and-gas giant PTT Plc plunging nearly 30%.
— Bangkok Post

Real tests await Pita as leader of Future Forward’s reincarnation
With just two years in the field of politics, Pita Limjaroenrat has taken on the challenging mission of leading more than 50 MPs elected under the banner of the now-defunct Future Forward Party in their fight for democracy.
— Thai PBS News

CP’s Tesco buy could be bitten by new antitrust watchdog
CP Group’s $10 billion (334 billion baht) deal to buy Tesco PLC’s 2,000 Thai retail outlets marks the end of a three-way tycoon tussle – and the beginning of the first engagement for Thailand’s newly powerful antitrust watchdog.
— Bangkok Post

Activities cancelled to suppress COVID-19 outbreak
To help control the COVID-19 outbreak, many agencies have gradually cancelled or postponed activities which would normally be attended by a large number of people.
— NNT

Govt takes flak over Thamanat
The government has come under fire after Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow admitted on Monday that his assistant had met a man who was said to be hoarding face masks, but he denied they discussed the mask trade.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s 40 wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park cool off summer heat
A video clip of more than 40 wild elephants in Kaeng Krachan National Park playing with water in the reservoir has been published.
— Pattaya Mail

CP group gets winning bid for Tesco Asia stores for 10.6 billion US dollars
Tesco has accepted a US$10.6 billion bid for its Asian businesses from a consortium of companies controlled by Thai billionaire Dhanin Chearavanont.
— The Pattaya News

Chonburi Police search house of man alleged to be hoarding millions of face masks to export to China
Nongprue police arrived at a home just outside of Pattaya today to briefly search the home of Mr. Sornsuvee “Boy” Puraweerassawach, who allegedly hoarded millions of face masks to export to China.
— The Pattaya News

Opposition to stage external ‘censure’ forums
The six-party opposition will launch the first censure debate outside of parliament on Thursday, with a focus on the government’s alleged use of so-called information operations (IOs) to smear its opponents.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya International Gospel Music Festival to go on, will be at Central Festival from March 20th-March 22nd
Central Festival has announced via it’s social media feeds that the International Gospel Music Festival, a privately organized event, will go on as planned from March 20th-March 22nd at Central Festival.
— The Pattaya News

Prayut shelves B2,000 handouts plan
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has shelved a plan to hand out more money to low income earners in a bid to prop up a sagging economy now reeling under the added impact of the coronavirus epidemic.
— Bangkok Post

‘Lightning rod’ Thammanat keeps fingers crossed as Cabinet shake-up looms
After surviving the recent censure debate with bruises, embattled Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao faces further controversy after his close aide was accused of colluding with a profiteer who allegedly hoarded millions of face masks.
— Thai PBS News

Government looking at ways to lower public electricity bills
The ministry is also studying ways to lower the price of cooking gas and fuel. Thailand’s Energy Ministry is examining ways to lower electricity bills for the general public to ease their burden in response to the impact of Covid-19 on the economy, according to Energy Minister Sontirat Sontijirawong.
— The Thaiger

Airlines may face virus medical bills in new rules: CAA
Thailand’s aviation regulator said airlines should ask passengers coming from high-risk territories for health certificates to establish they are free of the new coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Medics at Khon Kaen University Hospital to rally against face mask shortage
Medical personnel at the Srinakharin Hospital of Khon Kaen University, in Thailand’s northeast, are being urged to rally in front of the hospital’s library today (Monday) at 4.30pm to protest…
— Thai PBS News

Reasons you should take Covid-19 seriously – symptoms and prevention
Viruses are designed to survive, evolve and thrive. The insidious beauty of the Covid-19 virus is that the symptoms in its human hosts can remain dormant for up to 14 days (or so), during which time the host can be highly contagious, milling around in close contact with other humans, oblivious to their role as a ‘spreader’.
— The Thaiger

Vigils Held for Dissident Judge Who Killed Himself
Dozens of protesters held a vigil on Sunday in memory of a judge who reportedly killed himself to protest alleged injustice in Thailand’s judicial system.
— Khaosod English

Khao San Songkran party scrubbed over virus fears
The Songkran party on Khao San Road and activities in two neighbouring communities have been cancelled this year to prevent the possible spread of coronavirus disease.
— Bangkok Post

Kitten killer arrested in Chiang Mai
The internet is abuzz with outrage and indignation as netizens and animal lovers express their outrage over a man in arrested in northern Thailand for adopting kittens, then killing them.
— The Thaiger

Thai Airways crew restrain Chinese passenger who deliberately coughed at them: VIDEO
A shocking Facebook video claims to show the moment Thai Airways cabin crew tackle a passenger who deliberately coughed at them. The unverified footage is said to have been taken on a Thai Airways flight in Shanghai on Friday, and was shared online by YouTube user Fugu M.
— The Thaiger

Moving Forward: 55 Disbanded MPs Join New Party
Fifty-five MPs of the now-disbanded Future Forward Party will begin their exodus to a surrogate party and follow the legacies pursued by its predecessor, their party leader said Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Local energy shares free fall
Local energy shares nosedived by more than 20% following a historic collapse of oil prices amid the price war tension jumpstarted by Saudi Arabia, setting the tone for another week of bear market for Thailand’s main equity benchmark.
— Bangkok Post

Village leader slain in drive-by shooting in South
Gunmen in Pattanni province in Thailand’s restive South shot dead an assistant village headman while he was exercising at a children’s playground yesterday.
— The Thaiger

 

 

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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.

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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