Thailand morning news for January 1

Thailand morning news for January 1

Thailand morning newsThai politicians gear up for first election since military coup
After four years in which political speeches, meetings and even putting up party posters were punishable offences, Thai electoral politics are powering back to life ahead of a poll in February.
— Financial Times

National death toll rises to 236 – Day Four in the “seven dangerous days”
A total of 236 people have killed and 2,265 others injured in 2,194 road accidents after number were released for the first four days of the New Year holiday period’s “seven dangerous days”.
— The Thaiger

REPORT: Thailand paying the price for eco-sluggishness as controversial environmental issues rise
The world is so interconnected, so changes imposed on the environment in Thailand – and the value Thais attach to ecology – cannot be viewed separately from what’s happening elsewhere.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

CAAT officials probe cause of light-aircraft crash that took life of South African pilot
Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) officials on Monday inspected the wreckage of a private light aircraft that had crashed in Chon Buri’s Sri Racha district on Sunday afternoon, causing a blaze that killed the 60-year-old pilot, Mike Romberg from South Africa, at the scene.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

30% rise in drink driving incidents
Despite all the hoopla, promises, checkpoints on all major roads and extensive media campaign, drink driving remains the leading cause of accidents over the first three days of the New Year holiday road safety period – aka. The Seven Days of Danger.
— The Thaiger

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Police seek to identify bodies stuffed with concrete
Police on Monday were trying to identify the bodies of two men dumped into the Mekong River with concrete placed inside their ruptured bellies.
— Bangkok Post

Rice exports tipped to fall as rivalry bites
Expectations for the country’s rice exports next year have been scaled back in the face of intense competition from fellow producers.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

BoT hopeful of Q4 GDP boost
The country’s positive economic momentum was likely maintained during the fourth quarter of 2018, helping full-year growth stay on track as forecast, says a senior official at the Bank of Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Bid to impeach NACC gathers pace
The petition to impeach the National Anti Corruption Commission (NACC) is expected to be completed by the middle of next month, said activist Srisuwan Janya.
— Bangkok Post

Air quality in several areas of Bangkok still low
According to the recent readings, the air quality in several areas in Bangkok are still at a concerning level.
— NBT World (video)

Asian leaders hurl populist policy firepower ahead of elections
Asia’s political calendar will be busy in 2019, with India and Indonesia, two of the region’s largest democracies, as well as Thailand, heading to the polls.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Pheu Thai seeks pact with Democrats
The Pheu Thai Party might not win enough seats in the next election and has offered to join forces with arch rivals the Democrats in forming the next government, according to comments made by a core member of the party.
— Bangkok Post

Media marred by ‘interference’
The media can’t seem to catch a break in 2018, as press freedom continues to suffer under the regime’s strict regulation and an ongoing shift in consumer behaviour as the world moves into the digital age, according to the Thai Journalists Association (TJA).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand intensifies Sungai Golok border security
Thailand has intensified security along the Sungai Golok border following the multiple bomb explosions and shooting incidents in the country’s southern provinces recently.
— New Straits Times

Poll shows people happy with government’s performance, in favour of Prayut’s return as PM
Thirty-nine percent of more than 2,000 respondents in the latest opinion poll are satisfied with the performance of the Prayut government and the National Council for Peace and Order in peace restoration and in dealing with dark influence and human trafficking.
— Thai PBS World

Alcohol Control Law will be strictly enforced
The National Alcoholic Beverage Policy Committee declared that all relevant agencies have to proceed with the strict enforcement of the Alcohol Beverage Control Law to reduce the number of road accidents during New Year celebrations.
— Pattaya Mail

Heightening crypto exposure collaboratively with NEXUS and Bitkub in Thailand
In a joint effort to increase crypto exposure and accessibility for traders in the Thailand, Broctagon NEXUS, a global crypto liquidity aggregator and Bitkub, a leading Thailand-based cryptocurrency exchange, have partnered to introduce deeper liquidity and innovative trading instruments.
— Traders Magazine

SEC urges penalties for IFEC’s ex-boss
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has called for prosecutors to bring a case against Suphanan Rittiphairoj, the former chief executive of embattled Inter Far East Energy Corporation Plc (IFEC), in civil court after he refused to plead guilty.
— Bangkok Post

Working the future hustle
The labour market has seen a largely unexceptional year, but buried in the overall picture are details that indicate what the future bodes,
— Bangkok Post

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Bright sparks amid a bleak year for Thailand
Military-backed elite have tightened their grip on power, but cave drama showed citizens can come together.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Call for compensation, payments to staff working at Health Promotion Hospitals in Deep South
The Southern Border Provinces’ Public Health Personnel Federation has condemned the seizure of Ban Kanua Health Promotion Hospital by insurgents to launch a gun and grenade assault on the nearby civilian defense volunteer base in Tambon Kalisa, Narathiwat’s Rangae district on the evening of December 28.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

No serious damage from Kanchanaburi tremblors
Officials on Monday gave assurances that two dams withstood an earthquake and two aftershocks with 1.6-4.9-magnitudes in Kanchanaburi from Sunday night to Monday morning, saying the impacts were far below the limit of their durability.
— Bangkok Post

Songkhla expedites repair of Golden Mermaid
The public sector and the general public in Songkhla province are working together to restore tourism confidence after small bombs badly damaged the Golden Mermaid Statue on famous Samila Beach.
— NBT World (video)

Thailand’s extreme weather a wake-up call–experts
The world needs to be prepared for more extreme weather events in future after disasters caused by climate change inflicted losses running into many billions of dollars in 2018, according to a study.
— The Nation/

Strengthening tropical system to threaten Vietnam, Thailand with flooding rain
After inundating the Philippines with deadly flooding, disruptive tropical weather now has its sights set on Indochina.
— Accuweather

Khon performance takes centre stage at Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019
A Khon performance – in honour of this form of Thai high art being given World Heritage recognition by Unesco – took centre stage at the “Amazing Thailand Countdown 2019” New Year celebration in Bangkok on Monday afternoon.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

Thailand welcomes 2019 with Countdown parties, fireworks
Heavy Countdown crowds and fireworks kicked off 2019 at dozens of Countdown venues around Thailand, and a bright pink pig at Bangkok’s Siam Centre was a reminder of this year’s animal.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai soldier caught in ‘gun road rage’
Footage from a dash cam shows a soldier with a gun advancing on a family of three, apparently threatening to shoot them in Chiang Mai on Monday.
— The Nation (annoying pop-ups)

15th Chiang Rai Flower Festival underway
The northern province of Chiang Rai is organizing the 15th Chiang Rai Flower Festival, welcoming visitors during the New Year season with its beautiful flora and fauna, unique culture and traditions.
— NBT World (video)


Feature photo John Le Ferve

This week’s morning news photo focuses on the death, pain, and loss that typically occurs at this time of year on Asean roads due to drunk driving, speeding, and a failure to wear protective helmets when travelling on motorbikes.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).

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A a professional photographer since the days of film, he holds a Bachelor of Arts in Photomedia and a Postgraduate Diploma in Journalism.

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