Thailand morning news for February 25

Thailand morning news for February 25
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Head-on train collision injures at least 30 in Ratchaburi
At least 30 people were injured as two trains collided head-on at Pak Tho station in Ratchaburi on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Students protest party ban as opposition grills Prayut
Hundreds of students protested on Monday against the dissolution of popular opposition party Future Forward as Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and five cabinet ministers faced the first day of a censure debate in parliament.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 officially designated a dangerous infectious disease in Thailand
Thailand’s National Committee for the Control Infectious Diseases has decided to designate COVID-19 as a dangerous infectious disease, as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread.
— Thai PBS News

Eight people, including two children, injured in Songkhla explosion
Two school children were among eight people injured by shrapnel from a roadside bomb near a public park in the Sabayoi district of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla today.
— Thai PBS News

PM2.5 dust particles forecast to blanket city until end of month
Bangkok residents have been advised to protect their health by wearing face masks while they are outdoors, but to avoid outdoor activities where possible, from today until the end of the month due to increased PM2.5 dust in the air over most parts of the capital.
— Thai PBS News

Defiant Pannika dares PM to sue over her allegation of Government involvement in Malaysia’s 1MDB scandal
Former spokeswoman for the now defunct Future Forward party, Pannika Wanich, has challenged Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to file a personal defamation claim against her for implicating him in the previous administration’s alleged assistance in the cover-up of Malaysia’s multi-billion dollar 1MDB scandal.
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok has 100,000 empty apartments and could soon have more
Bangkok’s condominium market, once a favourite of Chinese investors, faces a bleak year as the novel coronavirus outbreak keeps buyers away.
— Bangkok Post

17 kids rescued in Phuket human-trafficking raids
“All 17 children were Cambodian and were taken to the Phuket Shelter for Children and Families on Koh Siray.” Thai police have taken 17 children into protective custody after a series of coordinated raids in Patong.
— The Thaiger

Government’s economic policies favour big corporations – Pita
The Government’s economic policies are tailored to favour large corporations at the expense of the poor, resulting in the minority rich becoming richer while the poor get poorer, said party list MP of the now defunct Future Forward party, Mr. Pita Limjaroenrat, during the censure debate on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

United Arab Emirates bans its citizens from visiting Thailand and Iran due to COVID19 novel Coronavirus
The United Arab Emirates is banning its citizens from traveling to Iran and Thailand “until further notice in order to ensure the safety and health of citizens” because of the coronavirus outbreak, UAE’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement according to the state news agency, WAM.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya Water Reservoir at Mapprachan Lake at lowest level in twenty years
Pattaya-Water levels in Mapprachan reservoir have hit critically low levels, the worst in twenty years according to Pattaya locals and the manager of the Pattaya Water Works Authority.
— The Pattaya News

Government denies concealing data on COVID-19 concealed
News about factory workers in Pathum Thani province and a department store employee in Phloen Chit area of Bangkok being infected with COVID-19 has been declared by the Ministry of Public Health as fake news.
— Newsline (video)

Many areas suffering PM2.5 airborne dust due to closed air circulation, weak winds
Many areas were blanketed by PM 2.5 airborne dust on Sunday due to weak winds and closed air circulation. In the capital district of Mae Hong Son province, the PM 2.5 concentration was over 160 micrograms per cubic meter.
— Newsline (video)

Scarcity of material set to hit outsourcers in Thailand
The scarcity of materials caused by the Covid-19 outbreak would affect employment for outsourcers, Thailand Outsourcing Association president Wisut Panthawutiyanon said.
— The Star Online

Finance Ministry earmarks B100bn for tourism
The Finance Ministry is preparing to offer 100 billion baht in soft loans as a lifeline to coronavirus-ravaged tourism operators as part of new relief measures that will seek the cabinet’s approval by early March.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut defends land deal
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha defended a land sale by his father, insisting that it did not favour anyone after the opposition raised the issue during the first day of the censure debate against the government.
— Bangkok Post

Officials follow on anti-drought projects
Sakda Wichiansilp, director-general of the Department of Ground Water Resources visited areas affected by drought in Sakon Nakhon province and followed on the project to develop groundwater for large-sized farms in the dry season.
— Newsline (video)

Bahrain issues entry ban on visitors from Thailand
The Thai embassy in Manama advised Thai citizens to avoid travelling to Bahrain after the authorities in Bahrain announce entry ban to foreigners, who have visited five countries including Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Crushing plants that cause forest fires will lose licences
The Royal Forest Department plans to revoke the land use licences of stone-crushing plants that have caused forest fires.
— Bangkok Post

What Thailand can teach us about mental health
By the time you’ve finished reading this article, at least four people will have taken their own lives.
— World Economic Forum (blog)

Bangkok outpaces Manila as Southeast Asia auto hub
MANILA is losing out to Bangkok in the race to become the automobile center of Southeast Asia, and proof of this is Honda’s closure of its assembly plant here and the eventual transfer of production to Thailand.
— Business Mirror

What’s in the Thailand Air Force’s New White Paper?
Last week, the Thai air force issued its latest white paper. The release of the document highlighted the broader issue of how Thailand is managing its defense capabilities amid wider trends and developments in the Southeast Asian state.
— The Diplomat

MFA: Thailand committed to pluralist democracy
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Thailand has issued a statement in response to the global community’s criticism against the Constitutional Court’s ruling to dissolve the Future Forward Party on Friday.
— Newsline (video)

Police target Pannika’s 1MDB allegation
The Royal Thai Police Office has instructed its legal office to look into a statement made by Pannika Wanich, the spokeswoman for the now-dissolved Future Forward Party, accusing Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha of helping cover up Malaysia’s multi-billion-dollar 1MDB scandal, assistant police chief Pol Lt Gen Piya Uthayo said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Tourism campaign launched in Thailand
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) launched a campaign here on Monday to help tourism operators showcase their products and services after a massive drop in tourists coming from China.
— Xinhuanet

China to play World Cup qualifiers in Thailand behind closed doors, SA cancel Japan trip
China will play their next two World Cup qualifying matches against the Maldives and Guam behind closed doors in Thailand because of the coronavirus in a further escalation of the outbreak’s disruption of sports events in the country and beyond.
— Inside World Football

Park fires threaten wild animals
Forest fires were ravaging several parts of Khao Yai National Park in Prachin Buri on Sunday, threatening wild animals in Khao Samor Loon, according to local officials.
— Bangkok Post

Culture Min holds Thai textiles design contest
The Ministry of Culture has joined forces with four universities in promoting Thai textiles of comfortable and contemporary design, encouraging people to wear Thai clothes.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand: Air Force deploys UAV to put out forest fire
Thailand’s Air Force Chief ACM Manat Wongwat has deployed an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to join in an operation to put out a forest fire in the central province of Nakhon Nayok.
— Vietnamplus

Rampaging elephant destroys house in Banglamung
A rampaging thirteen year old male elephant destroyed the back of a home in Huay Yai yesterday afternoon. Ms. Sopita Petchthongana, 62, told the associated Thai press that she and her husband were at home when the elephant charged the back of her home, causing severe damage.
— The Pattaya News

Chula, Kasetsart Students Protest Party Dissolution (Photos)
Hundreds of students at two of Thailand’s top universities stage two rallies simultaneously on Monday afternoon to voice their dissent at a court verdict that disbanded a popular opposition party.
— Khaosod English

Censure Debate: Prayut Accused of Favoring Big Businesses, Amassing Wealth
The first day of a much anticipated no-confidence debate kicked off Monday with the opposition slamming PM Prayut Chan-o-cha for allegedly granting a conglomerate privilege in a state contract and amassing personal wealth during his tenure.
— Khaosod English

Exports up for first time in 6 months
Exports rose for the first time in six months in January, largely driven by shipments of oil and gold.
— Bangkok Post

Gov’t Mulls Lawsuit Against Future Forward Over 1MDB Allegations
The government on Monday said it is considering a legal action against a disbanded opposition party for linking the Prime Minister to a massive embezzlement in Malaysia.
— Khaosod English

Law professors oppose Constitutional Court’s dissolution of Future Forward
Thirty-six law professors, at the Faculty of Law of Thammasat University, have issued a statement voicing their disagreement with the Constitutional Court’s decision to disband the Future Forward party, and to ban its executive committee from politics for ten years, for accepting a 191.2 million baht loan from its then leader, Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit.
— Thai PBS News

20-Year-Old Twitter User Denied Bail for Royal Insult
A 20-year-old jailed on allegations of insulting the monarchy was again denied a bail release on Monday, his attorneys said.
— Khaosod English

Son of Fugitive Gov’t Politician Wins Northern By-Election
A ruling government party has won over an opposition party in Sunday’s by-election for MP in northern Thailand.
— Khaosod English

Thailand News Today – First episode of a new daily TV program
Thai exports figures rise in January Whilst there’s been plenty of economic challenges around for Thailand, including the high Thai baht and a levelling out of tourist arrivals, exports for January 2020 unexpectedly rose according to ministry figures.
— The Thaiger

Mother and daughter arrested over 7 million baht fortune-telling scam
A Thai fortune teller and her daughter have been arrested after charging a customer more than 7 million baht for predictions and forecasts about their life.
— The Thaiger

42 opposition MPs lined up for censure debate
Thailand’s opposition parties have lined up 42 speakers for the censure debate this afternoon (Monday), with half of them targeting Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, who doubles as the defence minister.
— Thai PBS News

Top 10 laws to beware of in Thailand
Did you know that it’s illegal in the UK to enter the Houses of Parliament wearing a suit of armor? Or that it’s legal to shoot a Scotsman with a crossbow under certain circumstances?
— The Thaiger

78 year old Briton and wife seriously injured in bloody domestic dispute in Pattaya
A British man and his Thai wife both suffered serious injuries in a violent domestic dispute in Pattaya in the early hours of this morning.
— The Thaiger

Ten reasons western foreign tourists are not wanted in Thailand
Adam Judd, writing for Pattaya Unplugged, has opined about western foreign tourists not being wanted in Thailand.
— 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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