Thailand morning news for April 16

Thailand morning news for April  16

Thailand morning news

EU deal could spur shift to Vietnam
Relocation of Thailand’s automotive, computer, garment and electric circuit industries to Vietnam is possible once the EU-Vietnam free trade agreement (EVFTA) takes effect this year, the Commerce Ministry…
— Bangkok Post

New fires in the North likely to be arson – Army
Some 1,000 combined professional and volunteer firefighters are battling a major forest fire in the mountainous area overlapping Chiang Mai’s Muang and Mae Chan districts.
— The Thaiger

Songkran road accidents, death toll continue to drop
Officials have been buoyed by the falling number of road accidents, deaths and injuries as the Songkran holiday safety campaign passed mid-way on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Election Commission to complete issuing ‘orange cards’ on time
Bangkok – The Election Commission president has confirmed there has yet to be any issuance of “orange card” penalties to any candidates in 66 districts where complaints had been filed, stressing the committee is processing the cases and will issue any penalties before the official …
— Pattaya Mail

HM King expresses concern over losses from Songkran accidents
His Majesty the King expressed concern over the loss of life on the roads during the Songkran festival. The prime minister has urged all agencies to follow His Majesty’s advice on accident prevention measures.

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Sick Songkran festival goers can immediately claim for Social Security coverage
A variety of summertime diseases, such as diarrhea, food poisoning, typhoid, cholera and rabies strike those who are celebrating the Songkran festival in the provinces.

Private hospitals overcharging: 30-300 percent
More than half the private hospitals operating in Thailand are overcharging for medical services and prescription drugs. Of the private hospitals alleged to be overcharging, the rates have been calculated to be 30% up to 300% over the actual production cost.
— The Thaiger

Unity govt ‘same as a dictatorship,’ parties say
Political parties have poured cold water on the idea of setting up a national unity government as a way out of a potential deadlock following the March 24 election.
— Bangkok Post (annoying popups)

Thaksin’s era fading, but Thailand’s troubles linger
Last month’s election signals major changes, including the rise of a new opposition flag-bearer and the emergence of a Cambodian-Myanmar political model.
— The Straits Times (very annoying popups)

“Racial profiling and xenophobic” – a rant against Dual Pricing
“Yet another example of Thailand’s racial profiling and xenophobia towards foreigners.” A post by ‘Despondant Foreigner’ on ThaiVisa has again brought up the ongoing saga of dual-pricing.
— The Thaiger

Access to capital hampers smart city creation in the region
Access to capital is the most critical barrier for developing smart cities in Asean nations, including Thailand, as countries struggle to find alternative sources of investment for infrastructure projects with high upfront costs.
— Bangkok Post

People donate blood to support high demand during Songkran
A large number of people are visiting the National Blood Center, Thai Red Cross Society, to donate their blood to make merit and help their fellow human beings.

A primer on China’s Belt and Road Initiative plans in South-east Asia
he economic potential of China’s Belt and Road projects in South-east Asia is huge. But whether that potential can be maximised hinges not on funding or capability, rather it will depend on how well the various economies involved are able to foster trust and cooperation.
— The Business Times

Rail Department established after royal endorsement
The Rail Department was formally established on Monday after receiving royal endorsement from His Majesty the King.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand tilts towards Chinese-style internet controls
A swathe of the world is adopting China’s vision for a tightly controlled internet over the unfettered American approach, a stunning ideological coup for Beijing that would have been unthinkable less than a decade ago.
— Bangkok Post

Being China’s neighbor and US ally, Thailand needs to strike a balance between the two
The Blue Book of Thailand – Annual Report on Research on Thailand (2018) was released at a conference in Beijing on Saturday. What is the significance of Thailand to China?
— Global Times

3 Vietnamese trawlers seized for illegal fishing off Songkhla
Three Vietnamese trawlers were seized and 18 crew members arrested for illegally fishing in Thai waters off Songkhla on Monday after attempting to flee.
— Bangkok Post

Princess Chulabhorn recovering well after cataract surgery, back pain treatment
HRH Princess Chulabhorn is recovering satisfactorily at Ramathibodi hospital after undergoing cataract surgery and treatment for back pain, the Bureau of the Royal Household announced today. The medical team at…
— Thai PBS News

Khao San Road still a popular Songkran destination
Water splashing activities for Songkran holidays at Khao San Road in Bangkok are still popular with tourists, despite no stages being set up like in previous years, with the police urging all to wear appropriate clothes and play water games with moderation.
— Pattaya Mail

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Cross-border trade, tourism promoted
Cross-border trade and tourism are being promoted at Baan Khao Din border checkpoint in Sa Kaeo province which has been upgraded to permanent status.

Summer storms damage houses in Korat, Kalasin
Nakhon Ratchasima and Kalasin have been hit hard by summer storms, which are forecast to unleash rains and strong winds in some parts of the country until Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

4 Thong Lor cops fingerprinted over missing guns
Four police officers attached to Thong Lor police station gave DNA and fingerprint samples as part of the investigation into 11 guns found missing from the station — in what a senior officer believed was an inside job.
— Bangkok Post

Navy files report against ‘seasteading’ structure off Phuket
The Royal Thai Navy has filed a report against an American/Thai couple for their ‘seasteading’ structure off the coast of Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Property developers’ confidence dips
The new lending curbs and bearish housing demand has affected listed developers’ confidence in the first quarter of 2019.
— Bangkok Post

Treasury nears elderly unit rates
The Treasury Department looks set to fix residential unit prices of its initial complex for the elderly, its chief says, in an attempt to resume the project after a delay the past few years.
— Bangkok Post

Transport Co prepares extra buses
The Transport Company Limited has announced that it has prepared 2,000 extra intercity bus services a day, as more people are expected to use public transport during the Songkran festival.

Thailand’s time to shine
The Thai gems and jewellery industry is expecting growth this year despite an international economic slowdown.
— Jeweller

Japanese police to help investigate call centre gang in Pattya
Computer crime suppression police from Japan are expected to arrive in Thailand tomorrow (Apr 16th, 2019) to help a Thai investigation into an alleged Japanese call centre gang raided by…
— Thai PBS News

Chiang Mai Songkran bustling with tourists
Celebrations of Songkran in Chiang Mai this year have seen popular areas crowded with Thai and international visitors coming out to splash water along the city moat and at Tha Phae gate.

Songkran revellers forming human wave
Songkran celebrations in Khon Kaen province have been lively, as Thai and foreign revellers are creating the famous “human wave” in an attempt to break the Guinness world records.

Sฺeafaring dog Boonrod brought ashore in Songkhla
A stranded dog rescued from the Gulf of Thailand off Songkhla was brought ashore on Monday morning, and seemed relieved to be back on dry land.
— Bangkok Post


This morning’s Thailand Morning News Roundup is shortened due to the Songkran celebrations. We wish all of our Thai readers a safe, healthy, and prosperous New Year.


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John Le Fevre

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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