Thailand morning news for March 13

Thailand morning news for March 13

Thailand morning news

EU commits Bt80m to Unicef for protection of migrant and stateless children in Thailand
The European Union has committed more than Bt80 million to Unicef over the next three years to support efforts to strengthen policies and practice for the protection of migrant and stateless children in Thailand, Unicef said on Tuesday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

CAAT ready to ban B-737 Max if advised to by FAA
The governor of the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said on Tuesday he was ready to ban Boeing 737 Max passenger aircraft from Thai airspace if he received clear instruction to do so from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) of the United States.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Tourism Industry Looks to Cash In on Same-Sex Partner Law
Thailand is advancing same-sex partnership legislation. And one of the nation’s biggest industries, tourism, is paying close attention.
— Bloomberg

Thailand’s achievements in HIV are not all widely implemented
“Thailand is progressing in the right direction to end AIDS, but needs sustained political and policy commitment with a sense of urgency for ‘the last miles’,” Dr Praphan Phanuphak of the Thai Red Cross AIDS Research Center told the Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Seattle last week.
— Aids Map

Thailand’s oldest party fails to woo first-time voters
With less than two weeks to go before Thailand’s general election, the country’s oldest political party, founded in 1946, has faced up to an uncomfortable realisation: Young, first-time voters are writing it off.
— Straits Times (annoying popups)

Thailand’s political parties to contest under new election system | Video
Thailand goes to the polls on Mar 24 for the first time since 2011. Over the last five years, the country had come under military rule which has introduced a new constitution and a new election system. Saksith Saiyasombut takes a closer look.
— Channel NewsAsia (very annoying popups)

Chiang Mai has world’s worst air quality as fires rage in the north
This morning Chiang Mai had the world’s worst air quality. In the WHOLE world! Thailand’s northern city was ranked the #1 most air-polluted city on earth with a 209 air quality index score on airvisual.
— The Thaiger

The fifth largest bank in Thailand deploys facial recognition
Bank of Ayudhya, commonly referred to as Krungsri, has introduced biometric facial recognition technology for verifying the identities of people as they open a deposit account.
— The Paypers

15 years on, family of disappeared Thai lawyer ‘waiting for justice’
The wife of a lawyer who vanished after being snatched off the streets of Bangkok 15 years ago urged Thailand on Tuesday to toughen laws to end impunity of officials accused of carrying out enforced disappearances.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Honda sees motorcycle market dip
Japanese motorcycle maker Honda Motor Co has projected a decline in the Thai market this year mainly because of lower crop prices.
— Bangkok Post

Five foreigners take time out from holidays to clean up rubbish along Krabi beach
Five foreign tourists spent part of their holidays on Tuesday collecting rubbish along Laem Pong Beach in Krabi.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Gov’t Petitioned to Reveal 400 Senate Nominees
A legal advocacy group wants the junta to reveal the names of the 400 people short-listed to eventually be appointed senators.
— Khaosod English

Tourism From China Provokes an Internet Crackdown in Thailand
In June 2018, a 19-year-old British tourist told authorities that she had been raped while visiting the Thai holiday island of Koh Tao.
— Coda Story

Voters in Thailand head to the polls on Mar 24
Voters in Thailand will head to the polls on Mar 24. Since the military took over power in a coup in 2014, it was at times quite uncertain if Thailand would return to democracy.
— Channel NewsAsia

Chiang Mai has world’s worst air as fires continue to rage in the North
Chiang Mai on Tuesday morning had the world’s worst air quality.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand’s Princess Soamsawali released from Intensive Care
Thailand’s Princess Soamsawali has been released from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) at the King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital. After her condition has improved, she has now been moved to a private room in the hospital, the Royal Household Bureau stated on Sunday.
— Royal Central

Thailand offers loans for Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam entrepreneurs
The Export-Import Bank of Thailand (Exim Bank Thailand) has unveiled a new loan facility for entrepreneurs in Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar and Vietnam who purchase products from Thai businesses, a move aimed at boosting exports to the subregion.
— Myanmar TImes

Thailand looks to bolster leadership position in medical tourism with focus on medical robotics, says GlobalData
With an outstanding medical foundation that includes various internationally accredited medical facilities, qualified healthcare specialists and premium medical services along with a focus on medical robotics, Thailand is well-positioned to be the medical hub of Asia, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.
— Dotmed

Insurgents behind South bombing spree, not politics
Senior government officials said the series of bomb blasts over the weekend in the southern provinces of Phatthalung and Satun were related to insurgency activities in the predominantly Muslim region, and had no connection with the upcoming election.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

The Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT), Dr. Yuthasak Supasorn, received the Go Asia Award in the Best Destination Asia category from Go Asia at the International Tourismus Borse (ITB) 2019. The event took place at Messe Berlin in Berlin, Germany.
— Thai Visa

Thailand Becoming Production Hub For Heavy Trucks
Thailand is fast becoming a major SE Asia production hub for medium and heavy commercial vehicle
— Thailand Business News

Thailand’s business community looks toward industrial, digital and technology sectors as investment gains pace: Michael Page
Global professional recruitment consultancy released its Michael Page Thailand Employment Outlook 2019 highlighting a significant upward trend in hiring within robotics and automation.
— Business Insider

Thai Men Want Fully Legal Weed – Women Less So: Poll
Cannabis legalization is more of a winning issue with male voters than female who responded to a recent survey.
— Khaosod English

NSB to file charges against two doctors for helping weight-loss entrepreneur obtain controlled drugs
The chief of the Royal Thai Police’s Narcotics Suppression Bureau (NSB) on Tuesday said his agency planned to file criminal charges against two doctors, who had allegedly helped a wealthy entrepreneur get hold of controlled substances for use in her weight-loss product business.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Intolerance hijacking Thai election
Thailand’s election is mere weeks away and regardless of who ends up the victor, developments throughout the period of the military junta’s rule since 2014 should provide several lessons for the country’s future leader.
— The Asean Post

Thai Raksa Chart Diehards Gamble on ‘Vote None’
Thai Raksa Chart Party and its candidates may be out of the race, but it doesn’t mean its supporters are giving up.
— Khaosod English

African Swine Fever not communicable to humans: Livestock Dept
The Department of Livestock Development (DLD) has reassured the public that African swine fever is not communicable to humans.
— Pattaya Mail

Most Thais Are Daily Straw Users – Especially Women, Survey Says
One for the morning bottle of OJ, another for afternoon milk tea and yet one more for the dinner table’s glass of lime-infused ice water.
— Khaosod English

Northern provinces choking on toxic haze and air pollution again
by Kriangkrai Rattana, Panwich Yoodee, Nathawat Laping Northern provinces are again choking from dangerous levels of PM2.5 dust particles, air pollution and smog.
— The Thaiger

Don Mueang airport expands to cope with increasing number of passengers
Airports of Thailand’s (AOT) Don Mueang Airport General Manager Sirote Duangratana says the airport is proceeding with its Phase 3 development plan to cope with the increasing number of passengers, as the airport is currently running beyond capacity.
— Pattaya Mail

Methamphetamine Output Booming in Southeast Asia: UN
Production of methamphetamine is skyrocketing in Southeast Asia, with prices dropping and usage expanding, the U.N.’s anti-drug agency said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Police announce details of two major drug busts
Police in recent months seized a large haul of narcotics, including more than 200 kilograms of crystal meth – or ice – and 1,792,000 methamphetamine pills, in two separate drug busts, deputy national police chief General Chalermkiat Srivorakan told a press conference at the Narcotics Suppression …
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Routes Asia to Return to Thailand for 2020
As Routes Asia 2019 draws to a close in the bustling City of Cebu in the Philippines, the hosting baton was passed to next year’s hosts, Airports of Thailand Plc., who will hold the event in the beautiful city of Chiang Mai in northern Thailand.
— Aviation Pros

EC urged to allow international monitoring of election
Thailand’s Election Commission (EC) has been urged to speed up its approval of requests from international organizations to send observers to monitor the upcoming general election.
— Thai PBS News

Obese Cops Sent to Fat Boot Camp for ‘Belly Destruction’
Porky policemen will be forced to work off their accumulated stores of bubble tea and durian at a special belly-adjustment camp after the program was declared a success, a police trainer said Tuesday
— Khaosod English

Police ready to maintain peace during advance voting
Bangkok – The Royal Thai Police (RTP) has indicated it is ready to maintain the peace and facilitate voters during the advance voting day on March 17.
— Pattaya Mail

New measures to protect Phetchabun historical park
Fine Arts Department succeeds in halting oil- drilling project to conserve ancient temple complex
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Cabinet nod for ‘Nora’ dance drama’s nomination for UNESCO Intangible Cultural Heritage list
The Cabinet on Tuesday approved Nora, the southern Thai dance drama, being nominated for inclusion in UNESCO’s Intangible Cultural Heritage representatives list, government assistant spokesman Colonel Athisit Chaiyanuwat announced at Government House.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Abhisit Coalition Waffling Draws Fresh Flak
Treading a thin line after saying his party wouldn’t support the junta leader becoming prime minister after the election, Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva has found himself in hot water for walking back his comments.
— Khaosod English

Officials see no link between miscarriage risk and flu shots
Health officials say further research has not found a miscarriage risk for women who get annual flu shots.
— Pattaya Mail

AMLO confiscates Bt40m worth of Lao drug convict Xaysana’s assets
The Anti-Money Laundering Office (AMLO) has temporarily confiscated 43 assets worth Bt40.9 million belonging to Lao drug convict Xaysana Keopimpa, according to an order published on Tuesday on the agency’s website.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phuket police mobilise in pre-election security campaign
A total of 245 Phuket police, law-enforcement officers and volunteers assembled at Phuket City Police Station in Phuket Town yesterday evening (Mar 11) to receive their orders to suppress crime and keep the peace as the country goes to the polls on March 24.
— The Phuket News

STI discloses faster-than-expected R&D achievements and lays down strategies for Thailand to star in the 21st century
Thai public and private sectors invested 1% of GDP in research and development in 2017 (Surveyed in 2018)reaching this goal a year sooner than expected, pushing Thailand forwards strategically in the 21st century.
— Bangkok Post


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Piseth Pov graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Economics Science from the Royal University of Law and Economics, Phnom Penh in 2017, and a Bachelor’s degree in English Communications from Western University, Phnom Penh, the same year.

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One Response to "Thailand morning news for March 13"

  1. Nora J   March 13, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    I feel sorry for these countries like Thailand and China where the air is awful! I can`t imagine living like that.


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