Thailand morning news for January 14

Thailand morning news for January 14
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Thailand morning newsUTCC trims 2020 growth
Myriad negative factors, including lower exports, widespread drought, baht strength, political uncertainty and poor business sentiment have prompted the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) to lower its economic growth forecast to 2.8% for this year.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Hotel Association head says year over year bookings look to be down 15 percent in January
The head of Thailand’s hoteliers’ association has predicted a tough year ahead for Thai tourism if bookings for the upcoming Chinese New Year are anything to go by.
— The Pattaya News

Despite bans, farmers in Nakhon Sawan continue to burn sugarcane fields contributing to air pollution
Local sugarcane growers in this central plains province have been seen burning their fields at night despite authorities’ ban on the practice to curb smog.
— The Pattaya News

Investment applications reach B756bn in 2019
Investment applications in Thailand reached a total 756 billion baht worth of projects in 2019, down about 16% from the previous year but slightly beating a target, the state investment agency said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Suspected bovine foot and mouth disease outbreak in Saraburi
Dairy farmers from Muak Lek district, in Thailand’s central province of Saraburi, are due to petition Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and Agriculture Minister Chalermchai Sri-on today to seek urgent help.
— Thai PBS News

PM says rallies ‘waste of time’
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says political rallies by his supporters and opponents are a waste of time as such activities do not help the country move forward.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s first case of New Coronavirus Pneumonia detected in Chinese tourist
Thailand’s Public Health Ministry today announced the first case of New Coronavirus Pneumonia in the country, but assured the public that there is no wider outbreak of the virus.
— Thai PBS News

Budget faces few hurdles
The 3.2-trillion-baht budget for the 2020 fiscal year is expected to be submitted for royal endorsement this month, Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand won’t disrupt markets to curb baht: Uttama
Any measures authorities take to curb gains in the currency will not disrupt the “market mechanism” of the baht, Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai king orders new traffic rules to curb congestion from royal motorcades
Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn has ordered police to stop completely blocking roads in Bangkok for royal motorcades, a government spokeswoman said.

New subs sign of troubles to come?
The Indian navy just transferred one of its Russian-made Kilo-class diesel-electric attack submarines to the Myanmar navy in late 2019, making it the first submarine ever to be deployed by Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

Japanese investors run more than 6,000 businesses in Thailand
Japanese investors have run more than 6,000 businesses in Thailand and won approval for direct investment projects worth 62 billion baht in the first nine months of last year, Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit said.
— Bangkok Post

Activists set up camp over land issues
Members of a land rights advocacy group on Monday set up camp near the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, calling on it to resolve land disputes between villagers and the state.
— Pattaya Mail

Nearly 40,000 people in Thailand’s Bangkok seek treatment for respiratory illnesses
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) Health Department on Monday released a report indicating that nearly 40,000 people in the city’s two main districts have sought medical treatment for respiratory illnesses at its hospitals since September last year.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand’s resilient tourism industry a mixed blessing for the economy
THREE years ago the clientele at Hollywood Disco Pattaya were mostly South Koreans. Then the Chinese started to dominate the disco, chasing the Koreans away, according to manager Damrongkieat Pinijkarn.
— The Business Times

Cows losing weight as drought ravages grass in rural Thailand
Worrying footage shows how cows are becoming painfully thin as drought ravaged their grazing fields.
— Yahoo News (video)

Thailand to fine vehicles with black smoke
The Thai Ministry of Transport warned on January 13 that authorities will impose hefty fines on vehicles with exhaust emissions that exceed safe limits as an effort to reduce pollution caused by the PM 2.5.
— Vietnamplus

State to set up SEZ supervisory
The government is establishing the Office of the Special Economic Development Zone to supervise all special economic zones (SEZs).
— Bangkok Post

Spas to seaweed: the Thai brands banking on Chinese tourists
When Tim, 28, first tried the fried seaweed made by Thai company Tao Kae Noi, he thought it was tasty – so tasty, in fact, that when he visited Thailand for the first time this month, he made sure to grab several packs of the snack at a Bangkok shopping centre to give to his friends back home in China.
— South China Morning Post

WHO statement on novel coronavirus in Thailand
The World Health Organization (WHO) is working with officials in Thailand and China following reports of confirmation of the novel coronavirus in a person in Thailand.

Government asks farmers to cease off-season farming
The government has called on Thai farmers to stop growing rice in the drought season while three million rai of land in the Chao Phraya River basin area which has already been used for rice farming is yet to be supplied with water.
— Newsline (video)

Seven arrested for Trang murder
Police have arrested seven people for the murder of a garage owner in Ratsada district last month.
— Bangkok Post

Freedom of press still lacking in Thailand
Last Thursday news reports broke about a Thai journalist who had been sentenced to two years’ imprisonment for defaming the owner of a poultry farm via a tweet.
— The Asean Post

Thailand: Severe drought to push agricultural product prices up
The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) under the Thai Ministry of Commerce has assessed that the drought situation in 2020 could hurt agricultural production, resulting in continued price increases.
— Vietnamplus

‘TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand’ returns for its fifth year
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is pleased to announce that its ‘TAT Newsroom Blogger Thailand’ project returns for the fifth year with several significant changes, including a new focus on social media influencers.
— Yahoo Finance/ PR Newswire (media release)

Families sending relatives with dementia to Thailand for care
British families are sending elderly relatives with dementia overseas to Thailand in a small but growing trend.
— The Guardian

“Teachers In the Hearts of Students” certificates of honor awarded
Privy Councilor ACM Chalit Phukphasuk presided over a recognition ceremony for ”Teachers in the Hearts of Students” certificates of honor, on the occasion of National Teachers Day 2020.
— Newsline (video)

Uttama shoots down sovereign wealth fund
Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana on Monday ruled out the private sector’s request that policymakers set up a sovereign wealth fund as a means to curb the baht’s strength.
— Bangkok Post

Top 10 predictions for Thailand 2020
So what is in store for the Land of Smiles over the next 12 months? Will the tourists stay away? Will some big projects go ahead? Will the baht continue to soar? Will Thais take to the streets once again? We come up with our top ten predictions for the year ahead and invite your thoughts.
— The Thaiger

Central Thailand farmers ignore orders to stop burning off their sugar cane
Stick your burning ban up your 2.5 micron particulate! Local sugarcane growers in Nakhon Sawan, central Thailand, are burning their fields at night despite authorities’ ban on the practice.
— The Thaiger

Tourist attacked by a small shark near beach in Phang-nga
A tourist was attacked by a shark, believed to be a small bull shark, as he was swimming in the sea off a beach in Thailand’s southern coastal province of Phang-nga on Sunday.
— Thai PBS News

Driving at under 90kph in the right lane of highways may become an offence
Motorists who use the right lane of a highway, with more than four traffic lanes, and drive at a speed of less than 90kph will face charges similar to speeding,…
— Thai PBS News

Foreign tourists allegedly responsible for destroying brand new tables and benches on Bangsaen Beach
Bangsaen Police are investigating after brand new tables and chairs on Bangsaen beach were smashed and damaged early this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Thai elephants march in silence for Australian bushfires
A troupe of elephants and school students held a silent march at a Thai elephant camp on Monday to pay their respects and raise awareness for the millions of animals killed in Australia’s raging bushfires.

Community volunteer jumps out in front of two out-of-control motorbikes
A member of the Krabi Civil Defence organisation in Krabi has become a real-life hero after jumping in front of two motorbikes carrying 2 adults and 2 children.
— The Thaiger

Hundreds of animal jaws and skulls found dumped on side of road in Pattaya
Hundreds of animal skulls, teeth and jawbones were found dumped on the side of the road in Pattaya this afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

Killer in Lop Buri gold shop attack may be ex-military
Police now believe the attack at a Lop Buri gold shop in central Thailand last Thursday that killed three, including a two year old boy, may have been carried out by a former military officer.
— The Thaiger

Hunt on for last Uighur escapee
Police handed out pictures of the last Uighur migrant who remains at large after escaping from an immigration detention facility last week, as the hunt for the escapee continues on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Volunteer killed, 7 others hurt in Narathiwat attack
A volunteer was killed during an attack at a military base and a suspected militant were shot dead in a subsequent clash in tambon Rom Sai, Sukhirin district, on Sunday, according to officials.
— Bangkok Post

Mazda jittery over 2020 sales prospects
Mazda Sales (Thailand), the local distribution arm of the Japanese carmaker, is worried the baht’s appreciation and the cloudy domestic economy will affect auto sales in 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Police Slam ‘Cosplayers’ of Lopburi Robber Who Killed 3
Police on Monday refuted online rumors that the gunman who shot dead three people in a gold store robbery had been arrested, saying the manhunt is still ongoing.
— Khaosod English

Three men arrested with 4,000 methamphetamine pills and a kilo of crystal meth in Chonburi
Three suspects have been arrested with 4,000 methamphetamine pills and one kilogram of crystal methamphetamine in Chonburi yesterday afternoon.
— The Pattaya News

‘One Ok Rock’ Coming to Bangkok in April
One of J-Rock’s most popular bands is coming to shake up the Thai capital at the end of April, organizers announced Sunday.
— Khaosod English

Court rejects Premchai’s request to remove electronic monitoring ankle bracelet
Premchai Karnasuta, the fallen business tycoon who was sentenced last year over a case of hunting and killing protected species in a Kanchanaburi national park, has been trying to get his electronic monitoring ankle bracelet removed by the court.
— The Thaiger

Central Thailand woman battles snake that appears from the toilet
You go to the toilet, you sit on the toilet, you don’t expect a snake in the toilet. But that’s what happened to a woman in central Thailand.
— The Thaiger

MCOT may get 30% of 2600MHz price
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission could compensate state broadcaster MCOT for the recall of the 2600-megahertz spectrum with 30% of the winning price for the range at auction, says a source at the NBTC who requested anonymity.
— Bangkok Post

Noble deflecting poor market
SET-listed developer Noble Development is bracing for negative momentum in the condo market, with a plan to launch new projects covering broader segments.
— Bangkok Post


Feature photo Pongsakorn Sangsuwan/ Smoke Haze Integrated Research Unit (Shiru)

This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on pollution from slash and burn farming in Thailand.


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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.

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