Thailand morning news for February 11

Thailand morning news for February 11
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Coronavirus in Thailand: 32 confirmed cases
The Ministry of Public Health reported that Thailand has 32 confirmed cases of the new coronavirus, 10 of whom have recovered and have been discharged from hospital.

Cabinet ministers and Government House officials to wear black on Tuesday
All cabinet ministers and officials at Government House are to wear black on Tuesday as the country mourns those killed in the mass shooting in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima at the weekend, when over 30 people, including the gunman, lost their lives and more than 50 were injured.
— Thai PBS News

Thai media under fire for disobeying orders to “tone down” Korat massacre coverage
Cable TV and other news channels, who ignored official orders to stop broadcasting and streaming of Saturday evening’s lockdown and storming of the Terminal 21 shopping centre in Korat, have been informed they “will face consequences”.
— The Thaiger

PM orders all ministries reporting Khorat shooting victims compensation plans
The Prime Minister has ordered all ministries to report their aid compensation plans for victims of the mass shooting in Khorat in the Cabinet meeting tomorrow, while the Department of Mental Health has prepared a four-stage plan for victims.

Thai king grants royal funerals to mass shooting victims: PM Prayuth
Thailand: Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn will grant royal funerals to the 29 people killed in a rampage by a soldier over the weekend in the country’s northeast, the Southeast Asian country’s prime minister said on Monday.

LPGA cancels Thailand tourney amid virus fears
The Honda LPGA Thailand tournament scheduled for Feb 20-23 in Pattaya has been cancelled because of concern about the coronavirus, the LPGA has announced.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket speedboats crash: 2 children dead, 22 injured – VIDEO
Two Russian children have died and some 22 people were injured following a high-speed speedboat collision off Phuket’s east coast just before 8am this morning.
— The Thaiger

Coronavirus control focus on flu patients
Health officials are surveilling influenza patients to better contain the novel coronavirus as both diseases produce similar symptoms, a senior ministry official said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry confirms sufficient supply of masks
Now onto the coronavirus epidemic, Deputy Prime Minister and Commerce Minister has confirmed that there is sufficient supply of facial masks as the country fights to contain the outbreak of the novel Coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

Thai health experts say there is no evidence the ‘green chiretta’ herb can prevent the novel coronavirus
An article published by a Thai media site claims that a herb cultivated in southeast Asia, andrographis paniculata or “green chiretta”, can prevent and relieve symptoms of the novel coronavirus.
— AFP Factcheck

Value of Thai exports to China could decline by 65 million USD in first quarter
A spokesperson for the Thai Ministry of Transportation recently stated that the outbreak of the corona epidemic in China has had a significant impact on Thai export of fruit and vegetables to the Chinese market.
— Fresh Plaza

Tourism minister mulls adding new tourist levies
The Ministry of Tourism and Sport is mulling the idea of collecting levies from international tourists for the “renovation of tourism attractions and natural resources”, as well as providing insurance benefits specifically for tourists.
— The Thaiger

Thailand keeps doors open to Chinese tourists
Amid the ongoing coronavirus outbreak, Thailand has not restricted Chinese tourists from entering the kingdom, or dropped its visa-on-arrival fee waiver implemented to mainly attract Chinese.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

WHO Regional Adviser recommends lower metro fares to reduce pollution
Despite the improving air quality, the World Health Organization’s Regional Adviser for Occupation and Environmental Health Dr. Lesley Onyon shares her thoughts and perceptions on what citizens in Thailand, especially Bangkokians can do to help combat unhealthy air.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand sees surge in rice exports to Hong Kong, as supply from China falls
Thai jasmine rice exports to Hong Kong are poised for a big jump due to scarcity in the supermarkets and retail stores there after the new coronavirus outbreak, Somdet Susomboon, Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) director-general, said.
— The Star Online

Thailand: King Will Cover Funeral Costs for Victims of Mass Shooting
As Thailand recoiled Monday from a mass shooting that left 30 dead over the weekend, the king announced he would pay for victims’ funeral rites, as condolences poured in from abroad while survivors and witnesses said they remained shaken by the attack by an army sergeant.
— Benar News

Cambodia-Thailand railway a stop nearer being ready
Cambodian and Thailand railway authorities will meet on Friday for final discussions on cross-border rail transportation between the nations.
— Khmer Times

New oil pipeline in northern Thailand may worsen flooding
A pipeline stretching from central to north-east Thailand promises to “promote Thailand as an energy hub in the region” and “increase energy security”, according to the Ministry of Energy.
— Chinadialogue

Thai Soldier in Mass Shooting Had Business Clash With His Commander
Fellow soldiers described him as quiet and affable, a skilled marksman who liked to play soccer. But people who knew Jakrapanth Thomma also knew this: He had a deep-seated grudge against his superior officer, a colonel, and the colonel’s mother-in-law, believing that the pair had cheated him in a land deal.
— The New York Times

Thailand looks to social media curbs after shooting spree posting
The gunman in Thailand’s mass-shooting on Saturday posted messages and video on Facebook as the terror unfolded, prompting the government to discuss measures to restrict the use of social media in such emergencies.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

COFCO executive does not see recovery in Thailand sugar crop soon
Chinese commodities trader COFCO [CNCOF.UL] said on Monday it did not predict a recovery in Thailand’s sugar crop any time soon.
— Reuters

Fears mount over ‘copycat’ crimes
Concerns are growing that the Nakhon Ratchasima mass shooting could lead to copycat behaviour, with experts insisting that “social bonding” is needed help reduce the chance of the violence being repeated.
— Bangkok Post

Two Thai Teenagers won the First Runner Up from ASEAN Data Science Explorers 2019
These two teenagers are Ms.Noppawan Ranthinkamnerd and Ms.Bawjerng Ngolae, second year student from School of Global Studies, Thammasat University.
— QS WOW News (media release)

Bank of Thailand readies rejig of fees
The Bank of Thailand plans to implement practice guidelines to regulate financial institutions’ fee charge calculation for products and services in the third quarter as part of a push for a fairer fee structure, a senior official says.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce ministry opens roadshow in Cambodia
The Ministry of Commerce hosted the Top Thai Brand 2020 roadshow in Cambodia and held meetings of Thai business operators and investors inCambodia with the intent to unlock obstacles in doing business.
— Newsline (video)

Two foreign tourists killed, 18 injured in Phuket boat collision
Two foreign tourists were killed and 18 others injured when two speed boats collided near a private pier in Phuket province this morning (Monday). According to initial reports, the accident…
— Thai PBS News

New Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce head outlines policies
The new President of the Thai-Chinese Chamber of Commerce, Narongsak Puttapornmongkol, is promoting a policy supporting joint investment, connecting the Belt and Road Initiative and the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).

Damnoen Saduak Floating Market merchants send support to China
The outbreak of novel coronavirus has affected the tourism sector in Thailand as the number of Chinese tourists has dropped significantly.

NBTC recommends guidelines for reports on violent crimes
The Secretary-General of the Office of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has urged broadcasters to observe guidelines on the reporting of violent extremism as outlined by the World Health Organization (WHO), following the mass shooting in Nakhon Ratchasima last weekend.

Motorists encouraged to change engine oil, carry out vehicle checks
The Department of Pollution Control is encouraging motorists, particularly those owning cars that are over 10 years old, to change their engine oil and carry out vehicle checks to reduce pollution across the country.

HMs express condolences
Their Majesties the King and Queen have expressed condolences and extended their moral support to the families of victims in the shooting rampage in Nakhon Ratchasima, says Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Bangkok Post

23 year old AWOL naval recruit arrested for posting copycat mass shooting threats on social media in Pattaya
A 23 year old Thai man who posted threats about another mass shooting on social media was arrested this afternoon in the Pattaya area.
— The Pattaya News

Monk claims Jakrapanth shot dead 9 people near temple in Korat
Sgt-Maj Jakrapanth Thomma allegedly shot dead nine people at Wat Pa Sattharam, in Tambon Hua Thaley in Muang district of Nakhon Ratchasima on Saturday, according to Phra Manaswin Thirungkulo, a monk at the temple, who claims he witnessed the shooting.
— Thai PBS News

Land mine blows off man’s foot in Phrae
A man lost his right foot when he stepped on a land mine while cutting bamboo in a forest in Den Chai district on Monday morning.
— Bangkok Post

IFC may fund underground cables
The International Finance Corporation (IFC), the private sector investment arm of the World Bank, is considering offering long-term loans for the underground cable conduit project in Bangkok, expected to cost 20 billion baht, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
— Bangkok Post

Dead deer found floating in the sea near Sattahip
A dead deer was found floating in the Sattahip sea yesterday afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

One gunman, four locations, 29 dead: How the mass shooting in Thailand unfolded
BANGKOK: Authorities are still piecing together details of how a soldier killed at least 29 people and wounded dozens more in a rampage in and around the northeastern Thai city of Nakhon Ratchasima.

Mother beaten to death by meth crazed son
A mother in the western province of Kanchana Buri was beaten to death by her own son who was deranged under the influence of crystal methamphetmine, or “ya ice.”
— The Thaiger


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on the Nakhon Ratchasima city mass shooting on February 8.


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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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