Thailand morning news for January 1

Thailand morning news for January 1
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Central bank plays down baht appreciation to under ฿30 to US$1
The Bank of Thailand has played down the steady appreciation of the Thai baht currency, which strengthened to under ฿30 against the US greenback on Monday.
— Thai PBS News

New Year road death toll exceeds 200 in 4 days
Road accidents numbered 1,988, killing 208 and injured 2,031 others during the four days of New Year travel from Friday to Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai policeman arrested as key suspect in human trafficking of Rohingya
Police have arrested a man who they believe has trafficked at least 200 Rohingya refugees into Thailand on their way to Malaysia.
— The Thaiger

Single-use plastic ban marks Thailand’s New Year resolution in tackling waste
A spate of wildlife fatalities in Thailand caused by plastic pollution has raised the alarm on plastic waste management and disposal in the kingdom, as well as putting the focus on the banning of single-use plastic bags from Jan 1, 2020.
— The Edge Markets

Thailand’s crude attempt to intimidate a journalist
“SLAVE LABOUR.” A journalist in Thailand, Suchanee Cloitre, then working for Voice TV, used these words in a tweet in 2016 to describe a labor complaint by workers who claimed they were being exploited at a chicken farm.
— The Washington Post

King wishes Thai people happiness and to work for the benefit of the country
His Majesty the King has expressed his wishes for the Thai people to enjoy physical and mental health, to have clear wisdom and awareness of good behaviour and to have the determination to work for the benefit of the country and the public.
— Thai PBS News

Country to be warned of sex offenders
Justice Minister Somsak Thepsutin plans to share information on suspected sex offenders and psychopaths on arrest warrants, including these groups of convicts to be released from jail.
— Bangkok Post

Gov’t Official Slams Suthep’s Hint at Politics Comeback
A fresh hint to re-enter politics by the leader of a protest movement that helped brought down Yingluck Shinawatra’s elected government drew a rebuff from pro-government politico and netizens on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Cold weather in most of Thailand as temperatures to drop 1-3oC
An intense cold front from China is now covering northern Thailand and this will cause temperatures in northern, north-eastern and central provinces, including Bangkok and its suburbs, to fall by 1-3oC in the next 24 hours, according to the Meteorological Department’s weather forecast on Tuesday.
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Plows Ahead With New Law Allowing Farmers to Grow 1 Rai of Hemp
A New Year present in the making for Thai farmers is a new public health ministry regulation that would permit private cultivation of hemp.
— Khaosod English

Thai economy ends gloomy year with little sign for cheer in 2020
Thailand ended last year with its weakest pace of growth in five years.
— The Straits Times

Thailand’s military-proxy government remains fragile
The Thai military used the 24 March 2019 election to embed itself even more deeply in governance.
— East Asia Forum

Industry Ministry approves loans worth ฿70m to SMEs
The Permanent Secretary for Industry has reported that the government approved 70.8 million baht in soft loans for 28 small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) between November 15th and December 20th, and offered soft loans worth 3 billion baht to SMEs under its Pracharat scheme.
— Newsline (video)

Finance Ministry aims to fix currency issue, taking care of overall economy
The Ministry of Finance will issue SME business measures as a 2020 New Year gift, which is expected to be submitted for Cabinet’s approval next month.
— Newsline (video)

Thai official warns of water shortages due to weather, dams
Thailand should brace for serious water shortages when the hot season begins in March after a year with unusually little rainfall, one of the country’s top water management officials said.
— The Sydney Morning Herald

Bangkok is sinking fast
For the more or less 10 million people living in Thailand’s capital city of Bangkok, flooding is a common and recurring phenomenon.
— The Asean Post

Government Vows to Protect Ethnic Hill Tribes Groups in Thailand
Prof. Dr. Narumon Pinyosinwat, has assured the public that the government is looking after people of all ethnic hill tribes groups in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Justice Minister believes government will complete four-year term
The Justice Minister has expressed confidence that the government will complete four-year term.
— Newsline (video)

Round-the-clock safety measures for New Year holidays
Officials are now working hard around the clock at checkpoints and service points to maintain safety and facilitate the general public during the New Year holidays in many locations across the country, 24 hours a day.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand expects 3.18 trillion baht tourism revenue in 2020
As per the latest report from The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is that they are expecting 3.18 trillion baht in overall tourism revenue for Thailand in 2020 or a 4 per cent year-on-year increase.
— Business Traveller

Crimes that shocked the nation in 2019
There were plenty of high-profile criminal cases that captured the public interest in 2019.
— The Phuket News

Land tax to help poor people: Interior Minister
The introduction of the Land and Building Tax law has caused confusion and concern among many parties, especially the taxation criteria.
— Newsline (video)

Chuan says charter rewrite needs Senate cooperation
Charter amendments only stand a chance of success if the Senate, widely seen as one of the elements intended to prolong the coup-makers’ stay in power, is brought into the process, House Speaker Chuan Leekpai said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

HM preaches self-improvement
His Majesty the King has urged people to learn from their mistakes for the sake of self-improvement.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Land of a thousand generals
By September each year, virtually all Thailand’s newly promoted generals, air marshals and admirals have been confirmed in their new positions.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

EGAT proposed importing LNG for electricity production
The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) has reported that the shipment of 65,000 metric tons of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has arrived in Thailand.
— Newsline (video)

To-the-point: Thai waste-to-energy plant of 4.8 MW starts ops
A waste-to-energy plant with an installed capacity of 4.8 MW has started commercial operation in Thailand on December 27, Thai company B.Grimm Power PCL (SET:BGRIM) said in a bourse filing on Monday.
— Renewables Now

Opposition will increase pressure to amend Thai constitution in 2020
Opposition parties will intensify their push to amend Thailand’s 2017 constitution and allow “fair political ground rules for all parties”, according to Phumtham Wechayachai, a key member of one of the parties, Pheu Thai.
— The Thaiger

Bangchak petrol stations installing EV charging locations and solar panels
“Currently PEA is surveying the sites of Bangchak’s petrol stations that are suitable for installing EV chargers.” This from Somchai Techavanich, Chief of Marketing and VP of Marketing at Bangchak Corporation.
— The Thaiger

Checkpoints focus on secondary roads as revellers join community countdowns
Road checkpoints have been moved from main highways to secondary roads, leading to communities where New Year countdown celebrations are to take place tonight, in a bid to reduce road accidents.
— Thai PBS News

What’s Next for Thai Women in 2020?
As the year 2019 comes to a close, Khaosod asks prominent members of the political, business, and NGO fields to discuss the challenges women face, and what is to be done in 2020.
— Khaosod English

Thailand set to launch two more budget airlines in 2020
While Thailand’s flagship Thai Airways struggles, two new budget airlines are preparing to take off in 2020. The past decade has been challenging for Thailand’s legacy airline whilst newer, more nimble and cashed-up players enter the market.
— The Thaiger

Chuan vows to make parliament an institution dedicated to the people
House Speaker Chuan Leekpai has vowed to make the Thai Parliament an institution recognized by the Thai people and by the international community as the model of an organization which respects the laws and on which the people can rely.
— Thai PBS News

Four Thai tourists drown while kayaking in Kaeng Krachan Lake
Four Thai tourists drowned after their overloaded kayak capsized in the Kaeng Krachan Lake in Phetchaburi province on Monday.
— Thai PBS News


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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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