Thailand morning news for March 14

Thailand morning news for March 14
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Thailand bans Boeing 737 MAX flights for 7 days
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said on Wednesday it is suspending the use of the Boeing Co’s 737 MAX 9 due to safety concerns.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket: Double-digit growth dwindles
Despite registering a record high 9 million passenger arrivals at Phuket’s gateway international airport in 2018, performance data indicates that a slowdown in growth rates is on the horizon for Thailand’s top island destination.
— TTR Weekly

Dengue fever sweeps through northeast Thailand; 7 deaths, over 9,000 diagnosed
A dengue fever outbreak in northeastern Thailand has the government on high alert.
— Coconuts Bangkok

Mae Hong Son flights cancelled due to fire-caused reduced visibility
In the face of a worsening smog crisis, Bangkok Airways has cancelled its flights to and from Mae Hong Son province since Monday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Bangkok now in the Top 10 list for most expensive Asian locations for expats
Bangkok has, for the first time, made it into the list of Asia’s top 10 most expensive locations for expats.
— The Thaiger

Iran-Thailand non-oil trade declines in 10 months
Iran and Thailand traded 1.56 million tons of non-oil commodities worth 754.55 million U.S. dollars during the past 10 months until Jan. 20, 2019, Eghtesad online news website reported on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

15 more illegal Myanmar migrant workers repatriated from Thailand
Fifteen more illegal Myanmar migrant workers have been repatriated under the arrangement of Thai and Myanmar authorities, according to Myanmar’s Ministry of Labor, Immigration and Population Wednesday.
— Xinhua

How do Thailand’s pro-democracy parties beat the junta? Together, says Pheu Thai’s Watana Muangsook
The disparate “pro-democracy” parties contesting Thailand’s March 24 election must forge a common cause to trounce the military-backed Palang Pracharat Party and end coup leader Prayuth Chan-ocha’s stint as prime minister, according to a close confidante of the junta’s exiled arch-foe Thaksin Shinawatra.

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 2019) in Seattle, last week.
— Aids Map

Ex-TRC candidates to be probed for trying to “influence” voters
The Election Commission (EC) has ordered an investigation into the conduct of some former candidates of the disbanded Thai Raksa Chart party who have reportedly urged their supporters to vote for anti-Prayut parties or to cast “No Vote” ballots in the March-24 general election.
— Thai PBS News

Draftee Who Stepped on Landmine Denied Full Benefits
A young conscript who lost his right foot to a landmine earlier this month won’t receive full benefits for soldiers injured in the line of duty, an army spokeswoman said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

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

Alcohol ban this weekend and the following weekend of the election
There will be a 24 hour alcohol ban this weekend as well as on the weekend of the general election on March 24. Sunday, March 17 will feature a day of pre-voting where alcohol sales and distribution will be forbidden from 6pm on Saturday, March 16 until 6pm on Sunday, March 17.
— The Thaiger

National Elephant Day celebrated in Ayutthaya, Thailand
A mahout looks after his elephant during the National Elephant Day celebration in Ayutthaya, Thailand, March 13, 2019. Various activities are held during the celebration to raise public awareness of the conservation of elephants and their habitats. (Xinhua/Rachen Sageamsak)
— Xinhua

Woman Accused of Swindling Millions From Royal Charity
The Anti-Money Laundering Office said Tuesday said it has seized assets from a woman who allegedly embezzled 56 million baht from a royal charity.
— Khaosod English

Thailand floats out medical boat to assist tourists in Phang Nga’s waters
Thailand now has a fully equipped medical boat plying the waters around the Similan and Surin islands – part of Phang Nga province – to handle traveller emergencies, according to a report by The Nation newspaper.
— TTG Asia

Court gives Similan Islands green light to limit visitors
The Similan Islands can limit the number of visitors to prevent environmental damage, the Supreme Administrative Court has said.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai’s Foul Air No Priority to Bangkok, North Complains
Chiang Mai residents are unleashing anger over inaction to solving the persistent, toxic smog choking the region.
— Khaosod English

PM2.5 particulate returns to threaten nine areas of Bangkok
PM2.5 dust particles have returned to Bangkok and its neighboring provinces, with nine areas found to contain levels exceeding the 50-micron standard level today, according to the latest air quality readings by the Pollution Control Department.
— Thai PBS News

SEC approves first ICO portal, still unnamed
The Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC) board of directors have approved the first initial coin offering (ICO) portal and are likely to issue a criteria for applications for securities token offerings (STO) soon.
— Bangkok Post

Honda projects lower motorcycle sales for 2019
Honda Motor Company, the manufacturer of nearly 80% of Thailand’s motorcycles, is projecting another annual loss this year.
— The Thaiger

Truck crash in Phuket pulls down power lines causing six-hour blackout
A truck accident in Rawai has caused a blackout for over six hours.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Deadly weight-loss network smashed
A NETWORK of clinics and doctors are suspected of supplying controlled psychotropic drugs to a weight-loss business, whose owner has already been arrested.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

PTT buys palm oil for biodiesel
PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, has agreed to buy 100,000 tonnes of crude palm oil to produce biodiesel for export in a collaborative move to shore up domestic fresh palm nut prices.
— Bangkok Post

Prawit orders review of speeds on intercity and rural roads
DEPUTY PRIME Minister and Defence Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed police and related agencies to review and set appropriate speed limits for various vehicle types on intercity motorways and rural roads in order to boost road safety and reduce accidents.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Phuket, Andaman coast issued ‘Summer Storm Warning’
The Thai Meteorological Department Southern Meteorological Center (West Coast), based near Phuket International Airport, has issued as “Summer Storm Warning” for all provinces along the Andaman coast.
— The Phuket News

SRT banks on new dual track lifting passenger numbers
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is banking on the opening of new parallel tracks between Nakhon Ratchasima and Khon Kaen attracting more passengers and lifting revenue.
— Bangkok Post

Routes Asia to return to Thailand
As Routes Asia 2019 drew to a close in Cebu, the organisers introduced the Airports of Thailand, which will officially host the 2020 event Chiang Mai, North Thailand.
— TTR Weekly

Enzyme manufacturer expands in Thailand
Enzyme manufacturer Amano Enzyme on Feb. 1 opened a new office in the Bangkok metropolitan region in Thailand.
— Food Business News

Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand Visits Myanmar as the Chair of ASEAN
On 7 – 8 March 2019, H.E. Mr. Don Pramudwinai, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Thailand, in his capacity as Foreign Minister and Chair of ASEAN, paid a visit to Myanmar to enhance bilateral relations, follow up on cooperation, as well as explore how Thailand and ASEAN can help Myanmar address the situation in Rakhine State.
— Relief Web

Centara sets out 2022 goals
Centara Hotels & Resorts, Thailand’s leading hotel operator, presented this week its strategic vision and goals to double its global hotel portfolio by 2022.
— TTR Weekly

Connect water pipes from Thailand: PM
Prime Minister Hun Sen has urged relevant authorities to have water pipes connected from Thailand’s Trat province to supply water to Koh Kong province as it faces water shortages.
— Khmer Times

Krabi celebrates National Elephant Day
The Southern Elephant Hospital in Krabi is on Wednesday celebrating Thailand’s National Elephant Day. And seven elephants, all patients at the hospital, joined in.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Industrious students use recycled plastic to upgrade playground
Students and parents have fixed up a Sattahip playground with recycled materials that, although non-standard, have brought smiles to the faces of little children.
— Pattaya Mail

PSC & Rick Bevington’s Bikes for Tykes donate to Wat Nongketyai School
Nine students at Nongprue’s Wat Nongketyai School became the latest kids to be given new bicycles through the Pattaya Sports Club’s Bike for Tykes program.
— Pattaya Mail

Pattaya reporters celebrate National Press Day
Journalists hob-knobbed with their government and business sources as the Pattaya Press Association celebrated National Press Day.
— Pattaya Mail

Airport Outlets Among Developer’s 3 New Bangkok Malls
An outlet mall out near the international airport and two more mega malls are being built in the capital by the developer behind Siam Paragon and Iconsiam.
— Khaosod English

Sudarat Keyuraphan: Riding on anti-military wave to political rebirth
Khunying Sudarat Keyuraphan, widely tipped to become only the second female prime minister of Thailand, has more political experiences than most other prime ministerial candidates.
— Thai PBS News

Saraburi mining can ‘end unique species’
Mountains host flora, fauna not seen anywhere else: expert
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chalermprakiat 8 made bumpy to slow speeders
Pattaya installed speed bumps on Soi Chalerm­prakiat 8 to stop people from speeding down the residential street.
— Pattaya Mail

Goodbye Democrazy: Edgy Small Theatre Calls it Quits
It’s curtains for a provocative performing arts space that will leave its space near Lumphini Park forever come April.
— Khaosod English

Ministry scents a beer in malt’s clothing
New alcohol-free malt beverages marketed by beer companies will come under the scrutiny of a working team the Public Health Ministry’s Department of Disease Control plans to establish in coordination with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Chonburi giving seniors election refresher
With voting in Thailand’s general election set for the next two Sundays, Chonburi’s Election Commission gave senior citizens a refresher lesson in casting their first ballots in five years.
— Pattaya Mail

Major parties outline vision on farm issues
FOUR KEY and emerging parties, including Pheu Thai, Democrat and Future Forward, yesterday revealed their vision and policies to solve longstanding farm and land issues following requests from agricultural groups.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)


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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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