Thailand morning news for February 26

Thailand morning news for February 26
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Bangkok public schools closed until Friday due to air quality
Public schools in the Bangkok municipality have been ordered shut until Friday due to severe air pollution in the nation’s capital.
— The Thaiger

THAI to cut executive pay for 6 months
Thai Airways International (THAI) will cut salaries and other allowances of executives by 15-25% for six months from March 1 to alleviate losses from the impact of Covid-19 outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

59 returnees from S.Korea isolated as two new COVID-19 confirmed
Fifty-nine students and staff of Khon Kaen University have been quarantined at their lodgings for observation for 14 days after two of them were found to have a high fever after their return from South Korea.
— Thai PBS News

‘Prayut Get Out!’ Verdict Protest Escalates Into Call for Regime Change
Anger at the dissolution of a popular opposition party spilled into a call for PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to resign at a student protest on Tuesday evening.
— Khaosod English

Thai Baht on the slide over fears of spread of Coronavirus outside China
What goes up must go down. The Thai baht has continued to weaken against leading international currencies, trading at 31.70 to the US$ in yesterday’s trade.
— The Thaiger

Thailand reports two new COVID-19 cases, bringing total to 37
Thailand confirmed two new cases of the coronavirus on Tuesday (Feb 25), taking its total number of infections to 37, health officials said.

Thailand to implement stricter preventative measures against COVID-19 including possible legal penalities for those who refuse to be tested or quarantined
The National Communicable Disease Committee’s decision to declare COVID-19 the nation’s 14th dangerous communicable disease will empower officials to impose stricter preventative measures against COVID-19 and will discourage those infected from becoming “Super Spreaders.”
— The Pattaya News

Gov’t ‘Anti-Fake News Center’ Caught Spreading Fake News
A government initiative that set out to combat “fake news” in the media was forced to remove one of its entries on Tuesday after falsely rating a report by Khaosod website as hoax news.
— Khaosod English

Unhealthy smog still chokes greater Bangkok
Unhealthy smog persisted in most areas of Bangkok and surrounding provinces on Tuesday, as well as in the North, where Muang district of Mae Hong Son was especially afflicted by hazardous dust.
— Bangkok Post

Censure debate to end at 7pm Thursday night
Government and opposition whips have agreed to conclude the censure debate at 7pm on Thursday night, with the MPs and cabinet ministers being instructed to keep their speeches concise to avoid further protests.
— Thai PBS News

Bhumjaithai ranks second largest in coalition government following defection of Future Forward MPs
The Bhumjaithai party has become second largest party in the coalition government, displacing the Democrat party, following the defection of nine former MPs from the now defunct Future Forward party.
— Thai PBS News

Green turtle nest found in Samui
Koh Samui might be known as a party destination rather than a nesting site, yet recently 141 green turtle eggs were found on Lamai beach.
— Bangkok Post

Students turn to campus flash rallies
Pro-democracy students at more universities have turned to campus flash rallies to express their frustration at what they perceive as inequality and injustice.
— Bangkok Post

China Sentences Hong Kong Bookseller Gui Minhai to 10 Years in Prison
A court in China has sentenced to 10 years in prison a Hong Kong-based book publisher with Swedish citizenship whose secretive detention in China ignited international controversy.

Public Health Ministry to declare COVID-19 Thailand’s 14th most dangerous communicable disease
The National Communicable Disease Committee has unanimously approved the official declaration of COVID-19 as the nation’s 14th most dangerous communicable disease, paving ways for officials to enforce more actions to control the new coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

One more COVID-19 patient recovers, returns home
The Ministry of Public Health has reported that another COVID-19 patient has made a full recovery and was discharged from the hospital.
— Newsline (video)

Kuwait suspends flights to and from Thailand over coronavirus fears
Kuwait’s civil aviation authority announced on Monday it had suspended all its flights to and from Thailand, South Korea and Italy after reports of an outbreak of coronavirus in the countries, state news agency KUNA reported, saying this came in accordance with the Kuwaiti Health Ministry instructions.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand imposes anti-dumping duty on Vietnamese steel products
The Việt Nam Trade Office in Thailand has informed the authority on Thailand’s final conclusion of an anti-dumping investigation on a number of iron and steel pipes and tubes originating or imported from Việt Nam including 169 HS codes.
— Viet Nam News

Thailand Issues New Incentives for EEC
The EEC is a special development zone (SEZ) established in 2017 and straddles three eastern provinces of Thailand – Chonburi, Rayong, and Chachoengsao – spanning a total of 13,285 square kilometers.
— Asean Briefing

Cambodia requests Thais to fully open border checkpoint
Cambodia has called on Thailand to fully open the temporary Stung Bot-Ban Nong Ian International Checkpoint in Banteay Meanchey province, Ministry of Public Works and Transport spokesman Vasim Sorya told The Post on Tuesday.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Migrant workers in Thailand are organizing to combat exploitation by the country’s fishing industry
Off the shores of Thailand, a seafood industry flourishes and feeds the multi-billion-dollar global appetite for tuna, prawns, and squid.
— Global Voices

Four years after completion, B10m waterworks remain idle
About four years after their new water supply system was completed at a cost of 10 million baht, the people of two villages in Si Songkhram district want to know why it is still not in operation.
— Bangkok Post

Deputy PM wants Japan to help Thai community businesses
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak’s delegation visited Japan to seek support for the development of Thai community businesses.
— Pattaya Mail

Natural Resources Ministry steps up efforts in preventing forest fires
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has stepped up efforts to combat bushfires, instructing officials to apprehend people who conduct outdoor burning, especially in forests.
— Newsline (video)

Dino bones site eyed as tourist spot
Local residents and experts have agreed to push the government to develop a site in Mancha Khiri into a tourism attraction after dinosaur bones were dug up 10 years ago.
— Bangkok Post

Firefighters: Nakhon Nayok forest fire situation improves
Officials are continuing to control the forest fire in Nakhon Nayok Province, as the situation is getting better.
— Newsline (video)

Cabinet approves project to build farming irrigation system
Turning to our next story, A meeting of Cabinet ministers approved a budget of 508.2 million baht for the second phase of a project to set up an irrigation system for farm institutes’ members.
— Newsline (video)

Thai university to roll out data protection certification
Thailand’s National Institute of Development Administration (Nida) is rolling out a data protection officer (DPO) training and certification programme in a bid to get organisations ready for the country’s upcoming Personal Data Protection Act (PDPA).

New school bribes hotline
The Office of the Basic Education Commission (Obec) has opened a hotline for people to report any unfair school admissions after announcing it will strictly enforce laws banning the taking of pae jia or tea money.
— Bangkok Post

AirAsia Thailand passes major international safety audit
Low-cost carrier AirAsia Thailand (FD) has passed a major international safety audit after satisfying more than 1000 parameters.
— Airline Ratings

How to stifle Thai political party system
No compromise is in sight for Thailand’s politics where the stakes are at their highest.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 prompts government to turn to state enterprises’ investment
The Finance Ministry will discuss the impacts of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thai Airways International (THAI) and Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) and urge state enterprises to speed up their investment plans to shore up the economy.
— Pattaya Mail

Harsher Punishments Planned for Drunk and Reckless Drivers
The Transport Department has announced plans to discuss harsher punishment on drunk and reckless drivers in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Dad not convinced debt was behind family suicide
The father of a second-hand car dealer who died by carbon monoxide poisoning along with his family at their home in Phitsanulok isn’t convinced his son committed suicide over a debt, it was reported.
— Bangkok Post

NBTC tells DES to get 5G panel set up
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has urged the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry to quickly seek cabinet approval for the establishment of a national 5G committee to promote innovation development in the country.
— Bangkok Post

China participates in largest joint military exercise in Southeast Asia
The Chinese military has arrived in Thailand and will participate in the 2020 Cobra Gold multilateral joint military drills, the largest joint military exercise in Southeast Asia which will be led by Thailand and the U.S., starting Tuesday.
— Ecns

Banyin defiant, but others confess in kidnap-murder case
Five of the six suspects arrested and charged in with the kidnapping and murder of the elder brother of a Bangkok South Criminal Court senior judge have confessed, but Pol Lt Col Banyin Tangpakorn, the prime suspect, still denied the charges, a police source said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Cobra Gold 2020 underway
The Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise began on Tuesday with 9,630 participating soldiers from 29 countries, who were required to strictly follow anti-Covid-19 measures.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok, Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai – all suffering choking smog today
The whole Bangkok and its suburbs is suffering from excessive PM2.5 dust and smoke particles in the air today.
— The Thaiger

Opposition Attacks Prayut’s Ties to China in Debate Day 2
The second day of the no-confidence debate saw PM Prayut Chan-o-cha coming under accusations that he risks giving up Thailand’s sovereignty to China.
— Khaosod English

Mobilized by Hashtags, More Verdict Protests Planned at Universities
Using social media as a mobilization tool, students at a dozen universities on Tuesday announced rallies at their campuses to protest a court verdict that dissolved a key opposition party.
— Khaosod English

8 people injured, including school children, in Songkhla bomb attack
Eight people have been injured by shrapnel from a roadside bomb, including two school children. They were amongst a group gathered near a public park in the Sabayoi district of Songkhla, in Thailand’s south today.
— The Thaiger

New Campaign Launched as Chinese Tourists ‘Drop by 90%’
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.
— Khaosod English

Piyabutr stunned by sudden defection of nine former Future Forward MPs
Former secretary-general of the Future Forward party, Dr. Piyabutr Saengkanokkul, was been dealt a huge setback upon learning that nine MPs from the defunct party have defected to the government coalition Bhumjaithai party.
— Thai PBS News

Air pollution closes all municipal schools Wednesday until Friday
All schools under the supervision of the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) have been ordered closed from tomorrow (Wednesday) until Friday, as air quality in the capital worsened today and the situation is likely to persist due to poor air circulation and accumulation of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere.
— Thai PBS News

Opposition and Govt at odds over allocation of time for the censure debate
Opposition MPs have protested against what they allege is too much time being given to cabinet ministers to address the censure accusations and have proposed the convening of a special session for the debate.
— Thai PBS News

Tesco completes China exit as Thailand decision looms
Britain’s biggest retailer Tesco has completed its exit from China with the sale of a 20% stake in a joint venture to a unit of its state-run partner China Resources Holdings (CRH), raising 275 million pounds (1.1 billion baht).
— Bangkok Post

What to Shop for in Nan to Support Local Producers
Although the quiet rural province isn’t known for being a shopping hub, here’s our guide to what to purchase in Nan to support local producers in a province listed as the 19th poorest in the country.
— Khaosod English

Kasetsart University’s student movement
At 4.30pm on February 24th, over a thousand Kasetsart University (KU) students, and other people interested in playing an active part in political justice and democracy after the Constitutional Court dissolved the Future Forward Party, gathered in front of KU’s auditorium.
— Thai PBS News

Despite attacks, Prayut manages to keep his cool
Promoting cronyism, favouring big businesses and being incompetent. These were among charges levelled by the opposition against Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on the first day of the censure debate on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

PTT upbeat on oil, petrochemicals
PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, expects low margins of refined oil and petrochemicals to bottom out this year thanks to better negotiations between the US and China on trade.
— Bangkok Post

Intoxicated man arrested for carrying large knife and threatening tourists and locals on Pattaya Beach
Pattaya City Law Enforcement reported via its social media channels this afternoon that they have arrested a highly intoxicated Thai man from Bangkok for carrying a large knife and threatening tourists and locals on Pattaya Beach.
— The Pattaya News

Prolific home and hotel burglar arrested in Pattaya
Police have arrested a suspect today who has allegedly admitted to at least ten burglaries of homes and hotels in the Pattaya area over the last several months.
— The Pattaya News

Suspects in abduction, murder of judge’s brother taken for re-enactment
When the brother of a senior judge in the central province of Nakhon Sawan was abducted in broad daylight in front of the Bangkok South Criminal Court on February 4, police feared the worst.
— The Thaiger

British sailor, adrift for 3 days, rescued by Thai navy
A British man had to be towed to shore along with his sailboat after the craft’s motor broke down off Phuket, leaving him adrift for three days before he was rescued.
— 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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