Thailand morning news for March 15

Thailand morning news for March 15

Thailand morning news

WARNING: Dengue cases four times worse than last year
A nationwide alert has gone up about a big rise in Dengue cases across the country.
— The Thaiger

Nine northern provinces face health threat from PM.25
The haze problem, caused by forest fires, in nine northern provinces of Thailand is now posing a serious threat to health, with the level of PM2.5 particles recorded at 66-200 microns, the Pollution Control Department reported today.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s Cyber Law Raises Fear Military Could ‘Cage’ the Internet
A cyber-security bill introduced just weeks ahead of Thailand’s first democratic election since a 2014 military coup has stoked concerns that it could be used as a weapon to stifle political dissent.
— Bloomberg

Line commits $20m to develop first unicorn in Thailand
Line Thailand and Line Ventures are setting aside US$20 million to empower Thai startups through its post-accelerator program, Line ScaleUp.
— Tech In Asia

Thailand government to remove excise duty on electric vehicles from 2020 to end-2022 – batteries likely next
The cabinet of Thailand has recently approved a proposal from its finance ministry to remove the excise tax for full electric vehicles from January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2022.
— Paultan

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Thailand’s Trade Competition Commission Releases Implementing Rules on Merger Control
Since the enactment of the Thailand’s Trade Competition Act B.E. 2560 (2017) (“2017 Act”), the Trade Competition Commission (“Commission”) has published multiple notifications clarifying the full scope of a number of provisions in the 2017 Act.
— The Business Times

ERC introduces 100MW household solar scheme
Energy policymakers are ready to allow new solar power projects for households, with a plan to buy an initial capacity of 100 megawatts, offering a feed-in tariff of 1.68 baht per kilowatthour (unit) for 10-year contracts.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Lion Air told to ground Boeing MAX 9 for seven days
THE CIVIL Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) has ordered Thai Lion Air to immediately suspend the use of its three Boeing 737 MAX 9 aircraft on all routes for seven days, citing safety concerns.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Smog grounds morning flights to Mae Hong Son till Saturday
Smog-induced poor visibility has forced Bangkok Airways to cancel its morning flights between Chiang Mai and Mae Hong Son until Saturday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Australia lifts duty on pineapples
Higher shipments of pineapples to Australia are anticipated this year after Australia lifted its anti-dumping duty imposed on imports of Thai canned pineapple used in the food industry.
— Bangkok Post

AIPA aims to strengthen drug-free environment
Thailand, as this year’s chair of the Asean Inter-Parliamentary Assembly, is hosting a four-day anti-drugs consultation session.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Court allows Similans to limit tourist numbers
The Similan Islands National Park will now be able to limit the number of visitors to limit environmental damage.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

SET to kick off digital operations next year
The Stock Exchange of Thailand plans to commence digital asset trading operations on a new exchange next year, with core infrastructure projected to be completed in the third quarter.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry of Labor launches elderly employment program
The Ministry of Labor has worked with government and private agencies to provide career advice to the elderly to promote employment among the demographic.
— NBT World (Video)

Public Health Ministry announces ban on cigarette sale in prison
The Public Health Ministry has announced a ban on the sale of cigarettes in prison.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

National Education Bill far too flawed to sail through: educator
THE NATIONAL Education Bill – which was drafted in the hope of bringing better changes to the Kingdom’s educational sector, is far too flawed to sail through, a prominent educator said.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Thailand’s Prime Minister Tries to Woo Voters With a Love Song
hailand’s military-installed prime minister crooned a love song and boasted of his government’s achievements Wednesday during an official visit to his home province in the northeast ahead of the March 24 election.
— Time

Patong, Kata, Karon to face week-long daily water outages
Areas of Patong, Kata and Karon will have reduced pressure in their mains water supply for a week starting next Monday (Mar 25) which will leave some residents and businesses without water, the Phuket office of the Provincial Waterworks Authority office has announced.
— The Phuket News

Command centre set up for drought mitigation
While the Yom River at tambon Wang Chik of Phichit’s Pho Prathap Chang district has almost dried up, provincial governor Worapan Suwannus has set up a command centre for drought prevention and mitigation.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

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Tobacco farmers seek support from political parties against tax hike
A network of tobacco farmers is calling on political parties to help ease the impact of the 40 per cent excise tax rise on cigarettes that is scheduled for October 1 this year.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Stowaway dog from Thailand euthanized in HK
A stowaway dog which managed to get on a cargo ship in Thailand and sail all the way to Hong Kong was put down by the government on Wednesday.
— Asia Times

Cabinet approves 5bn baht agro subsidies
The weekly Cabinet meeting has allocated another five billion baht to support rice agriculture during the current production year.
— NBT World (Video)

Chiang Mai tops list of world’s most polluted city for three days running
Chiang Mai has been topping the list of the world’s most polluted major cities for some hours every day since Tuesday.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Samitivej Hospital launches virtual medical service app
Samitivej Hospital has joined forces with other organizations to launch Thailand’s first virtual medical service application in its latest bid to improve the public health sector.

4.1 magnitude earthquake hits Wang Nuea District in Lampang
Tremors were felt in many areas after a 4.1 magnitude earthquake hit Wang Nuea District in Lampang, centered 2 kilometers underground.

PM concerned over public safety in northern areas because of tropical storm warnings
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says he’s concerned over public safety in risk areas of tropical storms that have been forecast for the northern regions up until next Tuesday.
— The Thaiger

Deputy Mayor calls for removal of stray dogs from Jomtien Beach, Soi Dog Foundation provides official response
The following is a press release from the Soi Dog Foundation, based in Phuket, released due to the Deputy Mayor announcing last week that the city wanted to remove all the stray dogs from the Jomtien Beach area and put them in shelters.
— The Pattaya News

Tech crime police warn against online loans
The Technology Crime Suppression Division on Thursday warned people against transmitting fees to those who offered loans via Facebook, saying a lot of people have fallen prey to scams.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

World Ganja Day on April 20th in Laem Chabang will have no drugs
Two representatives of the online group “Ganjachon” went to Laem Chabang police yesterday to outline their proposals for a fair to be held in April that is expected to attract up to 3,000 people.
— The Pattaya News

What if Thailand’s junta can’t control the military?
General Prayuth may lead a government after elections this month, but his authority within the armed forces has long been waning.
— New Mandala

Royal Defamation Reform Remains Untouchable Topic, Survey Finds
No major political party has a policy to amend the controversial lese majeste law, an international human rights organization revealed Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Four South Koreans arrested over illegal online gambling business in Pattaya
South Koreans have been arrested for operating an illegal online gambling website from a condo in Pattaya.
— The Thaiger

Srivara links recent South bombings to attack on Songkhla beach last year
Police have linked last weekend’s explosions in Phatthalung and Satun provinces to those at a beach in Songkhla late last year, when the tail of an iconic sculpture of a mermaid was blown off.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

Pattaya Police stop group of local motorbike racing teenagers, take bikes for breaking exhaust rules (Video)
After repeated complaints from local residents on packs of teenagers racing their bikes with loud exhausts up and down streets during the early morning hours, Pattaya Police took action this morning, March 14th, 2019 at 4:00 AM.
— The Pattaya News

Cybersecurity Act designed to strengthen agencies and watchdogs
The Ministry of Digital Economy and Society has reasserted that the Cybersecurity Act was designed to increase the country’s capacity to fend off cyber threats.
— NBT World (Video)

Endangered turtle freed from fishing net
An endangered green turtle stuck in fishing boat was rescued and set free again by the navy.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s Siam Piwat Announces Commitment to Be Leader in Creative Economy — Leverages Creativity and Innovation to Win Honour for Thailand on the World Stage
Siam Piwat Co., Ltd., the owner and operator of prestigious retail developments such as Siam Paragon, Siam Center, Siam Discovery, and joint venture partner of ICONSIAM, Thailand’s new mega-landmark, announced its commitment to be a leader in Creative Economy and take Thailand on to the world stage with its projects.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

The Prime Minister of Thailand, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha, on Tuesday asked citizens to use natural resources, especially water, more efficiently ahead of the upcoming drought season.
— Thai VisaNews

Thailand Becomes To First Country To Approve Legal ICO Portal For Issuers
Here at The Tokenist, we’ve been following the crypto news in Thailand very closely. That’s because exciting things have been happening which could position the country as one of the leading crypto hubs in Asia.
— The Tokenist

RI, Thailand reiterate support for Rohingya
Exchanging views: Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai (left) speaks with President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo (second right), who is accompanied by Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi (right), at the Presidential Palace on Wednesday.
— The Jakarta Post (paywall)

KMUTNB’s 60th Anniversary “Form Invention to Innovation”
King Mongkut’s University of Technology North Bangkok has a long history in establishing Thailand’s advances in different areas of engineering, technology and applied science since it was established in 1959, initially called ‘Thai-German Technical School’, and later on became a state university called ‘King Mongkut’s Institute of Technology North Bangkok’ (KMITNB).
— NBT World (Video)

Thailand: BRN Rebels Mark Anniversary, Seek International Support
The largest and most active insurgent group in Thailand’s Deep South marked its 59th anniversary Wednesday with a videotaped message asking the international community to help solve the long-running conflict and pledging to carry on with its separatist fight.
— Benar News

Plastic waste fire burns for second day
Firefighters struggled to control a major fire at a plastic waste-separating factory in Nakhon Ratchasima’s Noen Sung district which began on Wednesday afternoon, and estimated that it would take another day or two to be completely extinguished.
— The Nation (very annoying popups)

PM concerned over public safety in risk areas of tropical storms
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha was concerned over public safety in risk areas of tropical storms and instructed all authorities to promptly take preventive and relief measures.

Taiwan offers Thai student scholarships
Taiwan is offering education opportunities for Thai students under its Taiwan Scholarship Programme which applicants can apply for until the end of this month.
— 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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