Thailand morning news for February 14

Thailand morning news for February 14
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Growth may be less than 2%, says central banker
The economy may grow by less than 2% this year while exports are likely to contract, mainly from the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, a senior central bank official said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Embassy in Beijing ordered to care for 3 locals stranded in Wuhan
Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai yesterday ordered the Thai embassy in Beijing to take care of three Thai citizens stranded in Wuhan, the epicentre of the Covid-19 coronavirus outbreak.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Prepares For “Epidemic All Over The Country”
Thailand’s Disease Control Department is preparing for “an epidemic all over the country” because data proves the coronavirus can continuously double the number of infected people in less than a week.
— Scoop

Thai Rice Export Expected to Drop This Year
The Thai Ministry of Commerce on Wednesday said it expects Thailand to only export 7.5 million tons of rice this year, a drop below the target of 10 million tons for the second straight year.
— Khaosod English

Surrogate mothers-for-hire, Chinese man arrested in Bangkok
Five Thai women paid to be illegal surrogate mothers and a Chinese man were arrested at a large house in Bangkok during a series of police raids on Thursday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Thai parliament passes delayed $103 bln budget bill
Thailand’s parliament on Thursday passed a delayed $103 billion draft budget bill for the current fiscal year, aimed at reviving Southeast Asia’s second-largest economy.
— Nasdaq

Royal Thai Air Force Orders Six Airbus H135 Military Training Helicopters
The Royal Thai Air Force has signed an order with Airbus for six H135 military training helicopters, as part of its pilot training enhancement programme.
— TravelNewsAsia

Mahidol University introduces medical robot screening coronavirus cases
Mahidol University’s Faculty of Engineering has introduced a medical robot “ Doctosight ” and anti-infection carriers, in order to help medical personnel safely treat patients having dangerous diseases such as COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Army to set up complaints center for subordinates
The Royal Thai Army will on February 17th establish a complaint center for anonymous staffers who can submit their grievances against their superiors.
— Newsline (video)

Thai student under observation in East Java after returning from virus-hit Thailand
A Thai student enrolled at the Tulungagung State Islamic Institute (IAIN) has been put under observation after returning to East Java from her home country of Thailand, where more than 30 cases of the novel coronavirus have been confirmed since January.
— The Jakarta Post

‘Moderate’ virus impact on Thai GDP
The novel coronavirus could lower Thailand’s nominal GDP by 0.09-0.13% if the outbreak lasts longer than three months but less than six months, says Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research).
— Bangkok Post

Thailand launches self-screening programme online as Covid-19 numbers remain stable
Another victim of the Covid-19 coronavirus in Thailand has fully recovered and been discharged, the Department of Disease Control reported on Thursday (Feb 13).
— The Star Online

Pattaya pushed to integrate agencies to reduce road deaths
The Pattaya area’s many police, medical and regulatory offices must work together to reduce deadly traffic accidents, a Transport Ministry official said.
— Pattaya Mail

SCGP sets up B7.6bn budget for region
SCG Packaging (SCGP), the packaging and paper producer, has allocated 7.6 billion baht in its 2020 budget to expand manufacturing in the Philippines, Indonesia and Vietnam.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Seeks More Than $2 Billion in Auction of 5G Spectrum
Thailand will auction spectrum for fifth-generation mobile services on Sunday in a sale that may generate more than $2 billion.
— Bloomberg

Court rejects Future Forward Party’s plea for public trial
The Constitutional Court has rejected the Future Forward Party’s request that its loan case to be heard in open court, but agreed to extend the deadline for submitting witness statements until Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry halts mask exports
The Commerce Ministry has put the brakes on face mask exports to ensure sufficient domestic supply, just three working days after exporters asked to ship as many as 18 million pieces.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Agriculture Reels From Drought in Blow to Ailing Economy
Thailand is scaling back production forecasts for key agricultural commodities because of a drought, dealing a further blow to the country’s struggling economy.
— Bloomberg

Cultural Evolution And Thailand’s Deep South Troubles: A Region’s Troubles Defy Solution – Analysis
Thailand’s Deep South, a three-state region with a mixed population of ethnic Malays, Chinese and Thais, feels like a country within a country.
— Eurasia Review

Thai FA re-elects Somyot, declares media rights award
The Football Association of Thailand yesterday re-elected Somyot Poompanmuang as its president and said its global media rights for the 2021-28 period had been awarded, although did not reveal the winners.
— SportBusiness

Lessons to be learned from Thai mall massacre
The mass shootings in the United States and other countries where gun ownership is widespread are rare in Asia.
— South China Morning Post

Committee Recommends Morality Classes in Schools to Reduce Bullying
The Education Ministry is being asked to amend the school curriculum to increase study hours for religion and morality to reduce violent incidents and school bullying.
— Chiang Rai Times

Korat victims’ families to get B1m each
The families of the victims of a shooting rampage will receive 1 million baht each as public donations have soared to 58 million baht.
— Bangkok Post

TCEB to achieve world standards in MICE
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (T-CEB) is pushing its plan to establish Thailand as the “ASEAN MICE Institute”.
— Newsline (video)

PM to take field trip to Phayao and Nan provinces on Feb 13
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha earlier today, visited the northern provinces of Phayao and Nan to look into the air pollution and water management issues.
— Newsline (video)

Pareena promises fight to keep land
Pareena Kraikrupt has vowed a fight to defend her farm as the embattled MP spoke out for the first time on Thursday after the Council of State paved the way for the Royal Forest Department to charge her with allegedly occupying forest land.
— Bangkok Post

Thai regulator announces qualified bidders for 5G spectrum auction
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has approved the participation of three operators in the next spectrum auction to be held on 16 February.
— Telecompaper

Closure of Chinese factories to impact Thai electronics industry
Thailand’s electronics industry could be affected by the closing down of factories in China’s Hubei province due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus (Covid-19).
— The Star Online

Egat to plug loophole in bill subsidy
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) is considering blocking high-end property owners from receiving a free electric bill when they use less than 50 kilowatt-hours.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Monk Arrested and Disrobed for Calling in Bomb Scare
A Thai monk has been arrested and subsequently disrobed for calling in a bomb scare in northeastern Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

‘Emulate measure on drink driving by Thailand’
Malaysia should emulate the measures and laws of other countries to tackle drink driving, said Kuala Lumpur Road Safety Department director Azharul Izwan Puaadi.
— New Straits Times

Cambodia-Thailand railway expected to start operation in March
Railway authorities of Cambodia and Thailand set to meet on February 14 for final discussions on cross-border rail transportation between the nations.
— Vietnamplus

Rotary Club – Rotary Club of Bangkok Hosts Concert to Raise Funds for Charity
The Rotary Club of Bangkok, the first Rotary Club in Thailand, has revealed plans to host a major classical concert and gala dinner this month, to raise funds for charitable causes and showcase some of the brightest young musical talents in Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail


Two cruise ships dock in Phuket today
Two cruise ships from Malaysia and Singapore, carrying about 2,400 mostly European passengers and crew, docked in Phuket deep-seaport this morning for a brief visit.
— Thai PBS News

Thai government promises Geographical Indication for every province
Thailand has GI registration for six products in foreign countries: Thung Kula Rong Hai hom mali rice, Doi Chaang and Doi Tung coffee and Sangyod Muang Phatthalung rice in the EU; Lamphun brocade Thai silk in India and Indonesia; and Isan indigenous Thai silk yarn in Vietnam.
— Fresh Plaza

Most of northern Thailand to get cooler
Thailand’s weather department says a westerly trough is moving through the North to the Northeast, and Laos, while the high-pressure system across the Northeast and the South China Sea remains weak.
— The Thaiger

Buri Ram man arrested for shooting threat on Facebook
A young man turned himself in to police to face charges after posting on Facebook that he wanted to buy a rifle for a shooting spree at a popular shopping mall in Muang district.
— Bangkok Post

Police’s Valentine Crackdown Questioned by Women Rights Activists
Per yearly tradition, police on Thursday said the force is set to patrol love motels and entertainment venues on Valentine’s Day tomorrow to prevent young people from committing immoral acts and deter any sexual crimes.
— Khaosod English

UK prisoner tested for coronavirus after extradition is virus-free
Neither Mark Rumble nor another suspect deported to the UK have the Covid-19 coronavirus, The Daily Mail reports.
— The Thaiger

Terminal 21 in Korat reopens
Terminal 21 reopened for business on Thursday after the shopping centre was shut down by a gunman on Saturday, during a rampage that claimed 30 lives and left 58 people wounded.
— Bangkok Post

Cruise ship docks in Phuket, passengers free of virus
A cruise liner arrived from Malaysia on Thursday morning, with all passengers and crew found to be free of the deadly coronavirus virus.
— Bangkok Post

Chonburi Immigration introduces roving “smart car” to randomly check foreigners passport status
Naew Na reported that a brand new BMW smart car was sent into action in Pattaya on Wednesday under the orders of Chonburi immigration chief Pol Col Naren Khreuangsanuk.
— The Pattaya News

Bad Feng Shui, ‘Blasphemous’ Paintings Blamed for Korat Mass Shooting
As pundits and experts are debating what led to a mass shooting that killed 29 people in Korat over the weekend, some are seeing the works of the supernatural.
— Khaosod English

Khon Kaen monk arrested, disrobed after bomb threat
A monk in the northeastern province of Khon Khaen has been arrested and disrobed after giving false information to police.
— The Thaiger


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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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