Thailand morning news for January 10

Thailand morning news for January 10
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Outdoor activities discouraged as air quality worsens
The level of PM 2.5 airborne dust measured today was higher than yesterday, with three provinces in the northern region including Lampang severely affected.

Armed gunman opens fire at shopping mall in Lopburi, multiple victims killed and injured
At about 9:00 PM on January 9th, 2020 an armed gunman with a silenced weapon, military style dress and a full face mask robbed a gold shop at a Robinson’s Shopping Mall on Phahonyothin Road in Lopburi, Thailand. D
— The Pattaya News

Have a Barbie to Support Aussie Bushfire Relief This Weekend
Get together with some mates for a good cause to support relief efforts for Australia’s devastating bushfires at a sausage sizzle this weekend.
— Khaosod English

Thai journalist sentenced over tweet warns of threat to media freedom
A Thai journalist sentenced to two years in prison for defaming the owner of a poultry farm via a tweet said Thursday the kingdom’s criminal libel laws are eviscerating media freedom.

Bangkok’s ranks world’s third worst air quality. Forecast to be bad for the rest of the week.
Bangkok ended up recording the world’s third worst air quality on Air Visual, the air quality monitoring app, yesterday. Not a chart you want to be on top of. Meanwhile, the Bangkok Metropolitan Authority remains on high alert for a predicted rise in PM2.5 levels for the rest of the week.
— The Thaiger

Farms go dry as Bangkok battles seawater
Ongoing attempts to halt saltwater intrusion in the Chao Phraya River have come at a hefty price — the collapse of paddy fields in Ayutthaya province.
— Bangkok Post

A Gloomy Outlook for Thailand in 2020
Thailand’s 2019 was a big year, dominated by the March election and its fallout as well as its chairmanship of ASEAN.
— The Diplomat

No Agency Would Take Up Encroachment Charge Against Parina
The authorities have yet to settle on which department would pursue criminal charges against a government lawmaker accused of encroaching on public land, an official said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Cabinet threatens to open up fishing labour to migrant workers
Fisherman from 22 of Thailand’s 76 provinces are demanding the government solve the labour problem in the fisheries’ industry.
— The Thaiger

Thailand Embraces Medical Cannabis, Considers Recreational Use
Thailand has embraced use of medical cannabis, and the industry is poised to expand to more than $660 million by 2024.
— Bloomberg (video)

Leaked Phone Call Reveals Top Cop Telling No.2 to ‘Stay Away’ From ‘Big Joke’ Shooting
Investigation into a drive-by shooting that targeted a former police commander took a strange turn on Thursday after a leaked phone conversation shows the top police chief instructing his deputy to distance himself from the case.
— Khaosod English

120-billion baht defence budget sails through the House after 3-hour debate
The Thai Government’s proposed 120 billion baht (~US$ 3.94Bn) defence budget for 2020 fiscal year sailed through its second and third readings in the House of Representatives late Wednesday night.
— Thai PBS News

PM and Interior Min: Govt working to address air pollution issue
The Prime Minister and the Minister of the Interior have issued statements assuring members of the public that the administration is doing its best to address the issue of air pollution.

Cops nab 10 for call centre fraud scam
Immigration police have arrested 10 French and Belgian nationals in Bangkok for allegedly running a “call centre” scam to lure European companies into paying for fake financial services.
— Bangkok Post

Justice minister orders probe in prison deaths
An investigation is now proceeding into the deaths of four inmates at the Phitsanulok Provincial Prison who died with “extremely low potassium and high levels of thyroid hormone in their blood”, more commonly thought to be food poisoning.
— The Thaiger

“Dr. Ganja” is helping promote medical marijuana in Thailand
The Thai health ministry has come up with a plush toy character to encourage children to better understand Thailand’s current stance on marijuana and cannabis, now championed by the Health Minister as a new agricultural industry in Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Thailand repression will only feed public anger, Thanathorn warns
Thai opposition star Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit has warned that efforts to silence him and his Future Forward Party will only create “more angry people,” as he fights for his own political survival.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai PM green lights embassy in Tehran to evacuate Thais should situation aggravate
The Thai government house web page on Wednesday posted authorization messages from Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to the Thai Embassy in Iran to evacuate Thai citizens should the U.S.-Iran tensions aggravate.
— Xinhuanet

Government sees censure debate as opportunity for clarification
The Interior Minister has expressed an opinion that the upcoming no-confidence debate will provide an opportunity for the government to explain its policies and initiatives.
— Newsline (video)

Thais turn to Twitter to criticise royalty
No longer content to just whisper in private settings their views on the monarchy, Thais are now openly discussing, and at times criticising, the royal family despite harsh laws.
— The Straits Times

DPM Prawit : Govt addresses AOP requests
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed related ministries to discuss requests made the Assembly of the Poor (AOP), in order to address issues concerning the hardship and quality of life of low-income people.
— Newsline (video)

Myanmar, Thailand agree on cross border transfers
Two private banks, Ayeyarwady Bank (AYA Bank) in Myanmar and Thailand’s Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate in the development of cross border payments and fund transfer services between the two countries.
— Myanmar Times

Thailand Quarantine’s Fifth Visitor with Virus from Wuhan, China
Health authorities at Thailand’s Suvarnabhumi airport have quarantined another traveller from Wuhan, China.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai SMEs favour social media over e-marketplace for online sales: Study
Thai small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) see social media as the most crucial e-commerce platform, while surprisingly ranking e-marketplaces at the bottom of the list, according to a study published by ISEAS – Yusof Ishak Institute.
— The Business Times

PM tells children to manage time wisely, use technology
The Prime Minister has urged Thai children to manage their studies and recreation time effectively and to use technology constructively ahead of National Children’s Day this Saturday.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand in search of western horticultural products
Thailand (population of 69.6 million) is the third largest economy in Southwest Asia and a major exporter of pineapple and cassava, among other things.
— Fresh Plaza

Will Thais stay calm at Future Forward Party run?
Last week, news reports in Thailand revealed that as many as 10,000 anti-government opponents had registered for the “Run Against Dictatorship” event organised by the Future Forward Party.
— The Asean Post

New Section of Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Highway Now Open
The Chiang Mai District and related authorities have announced the opening of a new section of the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai Highway 118.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand’s fugitive ex-PM siblings tout new DNA venture at Vegas expo
They are both former prime ministers and officially Thailand’s most-wanted siblings, but in exile abroad, ousted Thai leader Thaksin Shinawatra and his sister Yingluck have turned to the more modest task of promoting a DNA nutrition app at a convention in Las Vegas.
— Reuters

Thailand hosts international conference on non-communicable diseases
The Faculty of Nursing, Mahidol University, together with Siriraj Hospital’s nursing division, and Siriraj Nurses’ Alumni Association, have organized an international academic conference on the suppression and prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs).

Agencies organize activities for Children’s Day
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will give children an opportunity to visit the office of the Bangkok Governor, Pol. Gen. Aswin Kwanmuang, on Children’s Day this Saturday, while the Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation is organizing a science fair for children who are interested in science.

DRRAA holds 2020 aircraft engineering open house
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation (DRRAA) today open its door for the general public to observe its aircraft engineering and maintenance operations.

Thailand asks Malaysia to help find Rohingya who escaped detention centre
Thailand has asked Malaysia to help find a group of Rohingya Muslim trafficking victims who absconded from a detention centre in the south of the country, Thai police said on Thursday (Jan 9).

Thai Foreign Minister criticized in parliament for Baghdad drone attack remark
Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai was criticized by opposition MPs in parliament today over his controversial claim about receiving advance notice of the US drone attack, which killed an Iranian military commander, General Qasem Soleimani, in Baghdad, as both Opposition and Government MPs sought to cut the Foreign Ministry’s budget for the 2020 fiscal year.
— Thai PBS News

Thai spikers down Australia in bid for Olympic berth
Thai spikers down Australia in bid for Olympic berth. The Thai team powered past Australia 25-12, 25-15, 25-13 for their second victory in the Asian Olympic qualification campaign at Chatchai Hall in Nakhon Ratchasima.
— Bangkok Post

85% of shops sell cigarettes to youngsters
Most shops have sold cigarettes to underage customers, according to Ronnachai Kongsakon, director of the Tobacco Control Research and Knowledge Management Centre at Mahidol University.
— Bangkok Post

Children’s Day in Pattaya to bring many events and some road closures near City Hall
Selected roads in Pattaya will close for Childrens Day this Saturday and events taking place around City Hall.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand Yacht Show 2020 opens in Phuket
The fifth Thailand Yacht Show is now open at the Royal Phuket Marina in Koh Kaew. The annual on-water yacht-fest features an array of over 50 luxury yachts and boats, including several world and Asian premieres, from the region’s leading brokers.
— The Thaiger

Former immigration supremo says gunshots linked to airport biometrics project
“There’s only one motive” – Surachat Hakparn The former Thai immigration police chief Surachat Hakparn, aka.”Big Joke”, denies that the incident, where gunshots were fired into his car on Monday, was a staged stunt.
— The Thaiger

Air quality worsens in Bangkok, Pattaya area noticeably smoggy
Air quality in Bangkok and its suburbs deteriorated even further this morning, with 50 areas now considered to be dangerous to health with levels of airborne PM2.5 dust particulate increasing to as much as 74 microns, well above the standard safe amount of 50 microns.
— The Pattaya News

PTT won’t bid for Tesco Lotus
PTT president and chief executive Chansin Treenuchagron has denied reports that the PTT Group plans to acquire Tesco Lotus’s Asian business.
— Bangkok Post

TAT aims to steer Indian visitors to up-and-coming destinations
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to spice up demand in the Indian market by adding the fresh taste of new destinations in the western and northeastern regions.
— Bangkok Post

PRD celebrates New Year with Thai heritage
The Public Relations Department (PRD) has held a New Year merit making ceremony, with a celebration highlighting familiar Thai products , particularly Thai textiles and the Pinto meal box.

OSMEP says Thai SMEs to grow in 2020
The Office of Small and Medium Enterprise Promotions (OSMEP) has reported that the Thai economy is showing positive signs in early 2020, as startup entrepreneurs are learning ways to apply innovations and technology to enhance their business operations.

Opposition MPs Want Don to Resign Over False US-Iran Tip-Off
Foreign Affairs Minister Don Pamudwinai was grilled in Parliament on Thursday by opposition MPs for having falsely claimed Thailand was informed in advance before the US assassinated a top Iranian general in Iraq.
— Khaosod English

Two new SV 14 boats donated to Disabled Sailing Thailand in Phuket
Two new sailing boats have been added to the Phuket fleet of Disabled Sailing Thailand.
— The Thaiger

News anchor Sorrayuth’s fate to be decided Jan 21
The fall from grace of Sorrayuth Suthassanachinda, once one of the country’s best-known news anchors, is a reminder of pitfalls between professionalism and business perks.
— Thai PBS News

Young men busted selling drugs online in Phuket, Phang Nga from their Twitter account
Two young Thai men are being held by police after their arrests on Monday for selling drugs online in the southern provinces of Phuket and Phang Nga, according to the Thai news blog Khaosod.
— The Thaiger

Village Funds to get B99bn
As much as 99 billion baht is set to be channelled to Village Funds this year, as the government wants to beef up the local economy.
— Bangkok Post


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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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