Thailand morning news for February 7

Thailand morning news for February 7
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DPM Somkid asks GSB to help indebted govt employees
The government is pursuing its goal to assist indebted government employees whose debts now amount to 1 trillion baht in total.

PM urges public to use water sparingly during current drought
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has beseeched the Thai people not to waste water, saying that the volume of water in the country’s 15 major sources is at a critically low level and no significant rainfall is forecast until May.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Public Health Minister reverses stance on banning all Chinese tourists from entering country, says it is not a solution
Public health minister Anutin Charnvirakul on Thursday said imposing a travel ban on Chinese nationals would not help the government’s fight against coronavirus epidemic.
— The Pattaya News

25 confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health reported that Thailand has 25 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus.

UTCC expects bleak Makha Bucha and Valentine’s Day this year
Concerns regarding the novel coronavirus and an economic slowdown will keep many people mostly at home, instead of going to temples or going out on Makha Bucha and Valentine’s day this year, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, which is expecting reduced cashflow during these festivals compared to last year.

Thailand to hold World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks
The Kingdom is set to host the “World’s Largest Parade of Food Trucks”, and is planning the largest assembly of food trucks in one place.

PM offers moral support to Thais now back from Wuhan
The Prime Minister has offered moral support to the 138 Thais, who recently returned from Wuhan, the ground zero of the new coronavirus outbreak.

Budget bill delay lowers consumer confidence
Concerns regarding the novel coronavirus outbreak and the delay of the Fiscal Year 2020 Budget bill, are the main factors causing a fall in consumer confidence, according to UTCC survey, making the January 2020 index hit 69-month low.

Four Thai Wuhan evacuees under investigation
138 Thai nationals returned to Thailand last night on an evacuation flight from Wuhan, China. Four of them have shown suspicious symptoms after arrival and are now hospitalized at Queen Sirikit Naval Hospital.

Commerce Ministry stops masks exports ensuring sufficient domestic supply
The Ministry of Commerce has ordered manufacturers and retailers of face masks to declare trade volume and their stocks, while all exports of the item now requiring a permit after the Cabinet declared face masks a controlled item.
— Newsline (video)

January inflation quickens to 1.05%
The Consumer price index (CPI) rose 1.05% in January from a year earlier, quickening from the previous month and beating expectations, Commerce Ministry data showed on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand encourages people to make their own hand sanitizer amid coronavirus outbreak
Thailand’s health authorities on Thursday encouraged people to make hand sanitizers and masks at home to guard against the spread of the new coronavirus.
— New York Post

Slash-and-burn ban in 8 provinces
The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation on Thursday banned slash-and -burn farming in the eight northern provinces worst hit by fine dust pollution.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand mobilizes factories to produce more masks
Thailand has called on all mask-making factories nationwide to manufacture more face masks to protect people from the coronavirus and PM 2.5 airborne dust, a senior official said on Thursday.
— Xinhuanet

Bank of Thailand approves commercial banks to use facial recognition
The Thai central bank on Thursday announced that it has given the green light for six commercial banks to offer facial recognition using the electronic Know Your Customer (e-KYC) technology to verify the identity of new customers when opening online deposit accounts.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand pilots installation of air purifiers on buses
The Thai Transport Ministry will install air purifiers on the roofs of Bangkok buses this month, starting with vehicles of Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) and fitting trucks as well if the results are good.
— Vietnamplus

Somkid tells public not to panic
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has asked the public not to panic about the coronavirus outbreak or economic problems by giving assurances that Thailand will be steered through difficult times.
— Bangkok Post

Last Chinese tour group left Samui to Chengdu
The final group of 85 Chinese tourists departed Koh Samui to return to China on the night of February 4th, amid the outbreak of the 2019 novel Coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

Four evacuees from Wuhan kept in naval hospital for observation
Four* of the 138 Thai evacuees from the Chinese city of Wuhan, the epicentre of the Novel Coronavirus outbreak, were taken to the hospital at the Royal Thai Navy’s Sattahip Naval Base for observation yesterday, after they were found to have a fever.
— The Thaiger

Virologist says measures must be implemented for one year to address coronavirus
The emergence of the new coronavirus was reported in December last year, with the first cases turning up at a seafood market in the city of Wuhan, China.

Thailand postpones new visa rules for Taiwan visitors
Thailand has indefinitely postponed its requirement for Taiwanese travelers to provide financial statements when applying for a visa online, as the country rushes to bolster its tourism industry amid the virus outbreak from Wuhan.
— Taiwan News

UTCC: Coronavirus fears, budget bill delay bring down consumer confidence
According to the analysis of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC), the novel coronavirus outbreak and the delay of the promulgation of the 2020 appropriation bill are likely causing the drop in consumer confidence, with the consumer confidence index in January 2020 hitting a 69-month low.
— Newsline (video)

Mental Health Dept urges public to exercise more discretion when consuming news
The Department of Mental Health has advised the general public to consume news only from credible sources amid the global spread of the novel Coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

Sick Wuhan returnees have recovered
The four returnees from Wuhan who were hospitalised with a fever have all recovered, but one still requires treatment for a lung disorder.
— Bangkok Post

Department of Land Transport distributes masks to public transport drivers
After a Thai taxi driver was infected with the new Coronavirus last week, the Department of Land Transport has been encouraging taxi drivers to wear protective masks at all times while driving and to clean their vehicles before and after picking up passengers, to increase passenger confidence.
— Newsline (video)

State to upgrade over 20 Otop villages
The government is committed to upgrading more than 20 One Tambon One Product (Otop) tourism villages in second-tier tourism provinces this year, listing them on the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s website to boost domestic tourism.
— Bangkok Post

Tesco asks Thai tycoons for next-round bids
Britain’s largest supermarket chain Tesco Plc is inviting Thai tycoons to the second round of bidding for its operations in Thailand and Malaysia that could fetch more than $7 billion, according to people with knowledge of the matter.
— Bangkok Post

Authorities actively promotes Coronavirus self-prevention across country
Health authorities in all provinces are now raising greater awareness on the prevention of local transmission of the Coronavirus, especially among tour operators serving Chinese clients.
— Newsline (video)

GSB credit card debt scheme set for March
State-owned Government Savings Bank’s (GSB) credit card refinancing scheme, enabling participants to pay a minimum amount due of 2.5% per instalment compared with 10% now, is scheduled to begin next month.
— Bangkok Post

Bottles for blessings: Thai Buddhist temple recycles plastics into robes
At a Buddhist temple south of Bangkok, a monk watches as a machine presses down on thousands of water bottles, before a giant bale of crushed plastic rolls out with a thud.
— Reuters

Cabinet acknowledges dates for censure debate
A meeting of cabinet ministers on Tuesday (Feb 4) acknowledged dates for the upcoming censure debate, and instructed related ministries to look into the opposition’s queries.

Future Forward objects to charter court’s date for verdict in loan controversy
The opposition Future Forward party declared today its strong objection to the Constitutional Court’s schedule for delivering its ruling in the 191.2 million baht loan case.
— Thai PBS News

Govt ‘has contingency plan’ for Budget Bill ruling
The government has a contingency plan worked out to mitigate any legal or technical impacts from the Constitutional Court’s ruling on Friday on the validity of the Budget Bill, says Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam.
— Bangkok Post

Red-shirt ruling deferred to April 30
The Supreme Court again deferred its ruling on the case against seven red-shirt leaders charged for their violent protest outside the home of the late Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda in 2007, after one of them failed to turn up on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

BoI approves investment, tourism incentives
The Board of Investment (BoI) on Thursday approved a wide range of measures to accelerate investment and support key sectors of the economy, from large-scale projects to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), as well as incentives to help strengthen the grassroots economy and the tourism industry.
— Bangkok Post

Censure strategy clear, but also risky
The opposition bloc has resolved one key issue for the upcoming no-confidence debate.
— Thai PBS News

Tourism Authority of Thailand officially lowers tourism revenue target for 2020 due to novel Coronavirus and Chinese tour group ban
The tourism sector is heading for its first revenue contraction in a decade, as Chinese tourists, the biggest source market, are under lockdown amid fears of a pandemic.
— The Pattaya News

New bikes must meet Euro 4 emissions standards
A new government policy, which will take effect on March 29, requires all new motorbikes sold in Thailand to meet Euro 4 emissions standards.
— The Thaiger

Young Thais at Highest Risk for STDs, Health Official Warns
Thais, especially those under 25, are increasingly at risk of sexually transmitted diseases, a health official said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

BoT chief says still has monetary space to help economy after rate cut
The Bank of Thailand still has monetary policy space to help the economy if necessary, the governor said on Thursday, a day after the benchmark rate was cut to a record low.
— Bangkok Post

Future Forward Braces for Yet Another Possible Dissolution
A Future Forward Party leader said Thursday he already had a backup plan in place if the court decides to dissolve his party over a 191-million baht loan case later this month.
— Khaosod English

Guardians of the forest: six rifles and one bullet a day
Unpaid and underequipped, a group of 20 local volunteers protect the forest in Nong Khai’s Phan Phrao National Park from destruction by encroachers and illegal loggers.
— Isaan Record

University of Thai Chamber of Commerce says Makha Bucha Day and Valentine’s likely to be bleak for economy, most consumers and tourists to stay home
Concerns regarding the novel coronavirus and an economic slowdown will keep many people mostly at home, instead of going to temples or going out on Makha Bucha and Valentine’s day this year, according to the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, which is expecting reduced cashflow during these festivals compared to last year.
— The Pattaya News

2020 Mini Cooper SE Electric: Thai pricing and specs
All-electric three-door hatchback features the same powertrain as in the BMW i3S but is almost 1.5 million baht cheaper in price.
— Bangkok Post

Disabled Canadian man robbed in Pattaya
A paraplegic Canadian man was robbed in Pattaya yesterday evening, reportedly by a Thai woman.
— The Thaiger

2 crushed as truck overturns in Suphan Buri
Two men were crushed to death when tractor-trailer truck overturned in Suphanburi province in central Thailand yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Officials banking on 5G bids
The government is hoping that proceeds from the 5G spectrum auctions and network investment will drive the country’s economic and investment activity, working as an engine to reverse slowing GDP growth.
— Bangkok Post

Gaming: The latest Thai addiction
We Are Social Inc in partnership with social media solutions provider Hootsuite, recently released its Digital 2020 Report which looks at digital, mobile and social media trends around the world.
— The Asean Post

TV drama producer accused of not paying cast
Cast members of the semi-historical TV drama “Lued Suphan” (Blood of Suphan) have accused the producer of withholding about 2 million baht in wages they are owed.
— Bangkok Post

Employees in Thailand are among the most engaged in the world
Employees in Thailand are the second most engaged in the world. A recent Qualtrics study, revealed that the average employee engagement score across Thailand is 72%, placing the country second globally (behind India) and far ahead of the global average of 53%.
— Human Resources Online

Pha Muang Task Force Recover 2 Million Meth Pills in Northern Thailand
Soldiers from the Pha Muang task force have recovered 20 pack sacks containing 2 million meth pills in northern Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Deputy PM Prawit, NBTC discuss adoption of 5G technology
The Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan, and the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) have had a meeting to advance the adoption of the fifth generation (5G) of mobile technology in Thailand, in the hope of reducing social disparity and upgrading the country’s infrastructure.

French Ambassador pays official visit to Southern border
The Southern Border Provinces Administrative Center (SBPAC) has welcomed the French Ambassador who was making an official visit to the South to study the region’s economic, social and political situation.

PM invites Buddhists to celebrate Makha Bucha
The Prime Minister has invited faithful Buddhists to observe Makha Bucha Day with religious ceremonies, while using smokeless incense to minimize air pollution.

Chinese embassy heaps praise on Thailand for support during virus outbreak
The Chinese people have been very impressed with the moral and material support offered to them by Thailand and its people, including from Their Majesties the King and Queen and all sectors of Thai society.
— Thai PBS News

Deputy village chief in trouble over racy Facebook photos
What was she thinking?! A deputy village chief in the central province of Ang Thong has found herself in hot water after her sexy Facebook photos were shared online yesterday, Khao Sod reports.
— 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.

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