Thailand morning news for January 20

Thailand morning news for January 20
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Agencies responsible for air quality are incompetent – Nida Poll
Most of the respondents to a recent opinion poll accuse government agencies of incompetence and complacence in the handling of air pollution in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Exhaust and no wind blamed for Bangkok’s worsening air quality
Vehicular exhaust, accumulated since Friday evening when traffic was the worst of the week, compounded by a temperature inversion increased air pollution in and around Bangkok on Saturday, according to…
— Thai PBS News

World Bank rings alarm on GDP view
The World Bank has warned that Thailand’s average annual economic growth will be stuck below 3% if there is no significant increase in investment and productivity growth.
— Bangkok Post

Looming giant catches a cold
From selfie-obsessed tourists to massive bilateral trade and property investment, China’s presence in Thailand cannot be overlooked.
— Bangkok Post

Suspect in Lop Buri gold shop shooting questioned by Nong Khai police
A man has been summoned for questioning by police in Thailand’s north-eastern province of Nong Khai, as they suspect he might be the person who shot and killed three people, including a two-year boy, and injured four others during a gold shop robbery in Lop Buri province on January 9th.
— Thai PBS News

Air Pollution in Bangkok worsens on Sunday, smog continues to cover area
The air pollution in Bangkok worsened on Sunday with high levels of PM2.5 in all areas and Phra Nakhon district being the worst affected.
— The Pattaya News

The year’s first leatherback turtle hatchling emerges in Phang Nga
Officials from the coastal National Park in Phang Nga, southern Thailand, are delighted after the first leatherback turtle hatchling hatched and emerged from the nest.
— The Thaiger

Duty-free shops to open on southern border
An economic stimulus package to allow Thai citizens to buy goods at duty-free shops in three southern border provinces will be tabled for approval at a mobile cabinet meeting in Narathiwat on Monday and Tuesday, an official said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Pheu Thai leader dismisses rumour of bribe to spare transport minister in censure debate
Pheu Thai party leader Sompong Amornvivat has quashed a rumour that key members of the party have been promised a 900 million baht project in exchange for dropping Transport Minister Saksayam from the list of ministers to be censured in the upcoming debate.
— Thai PBS News

Department of Pollution Control targets sugarcane burning as major cause of smog, financial aid to be given to farmers for alternative ways to resolve problem
The Department of Pollution Control has reported the burning of sugarcane in plantations to prepare for a new planting season has been a major cause of PM 2.5 airborne dust, particularly from December to April during which sugarcane in plantations is harvested.
— The Pattaya News

China’s Mekong River dams are generating renewable energy, but are costing locals their livelihoods
Early in January, locals in the northern Thai village of Chiang Khong woke to find the Mekong River had dropped a metre overnight.
— ABC News

Thailand now more dangerous: Poll
People are now facing higher risks to their security and personal wellbeing than a year ago, according to a survey by Suan Dusit Rajabhat University, or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Bangkok Post

Public Health Min confirms second Wuhan coronavirus case
The Ministry of Public Health has found a second case of a new Chinese coronavirus, as officials ramped up checks on Chinese visitors, nearly a million of whom are expected for Lunar New Year holidays next week.
— Newsline (video)

DIT may impose export limit to regulate domestic pork price
The Department of Internal Trade has reassured the public that the current prices of pork — which are in the range of 150-160 baht per kilogram — are still deemed appropriate, but citing the possibility of imposing an export quota should the prices rise beyond 160 baht.
— Newsline (video)

FFP MPs urged to join ‘new home’ in worst case
Future Forward Party MPs have been urged to go to a “new home” if the Constitutional Court disbands it in a ruling on Tuesday
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Launches Investigation into $2.46M Cryptocurrency Scam
Cryptocurrency investors who fell for an alleged pyramid scheme that resulted in losses of more than $2.46 million (THB75 million) have asked Thailand‘s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to investigate.
— Chiang Rai Times

Govt clarifies well-drilling costs in drought mitigation budget
The government has allocated a budget of about 3 billion baht to assist drought affected villagers through some 2,000 projects, one of which is the construction of groundwater wells. Misinformation has spread on the internet alleging this project alone will receive all 3 billion baht in the budget, making the cost of one groundwater well about 6 million baht.
— Reliefweb

”Don”t complain about our English”: Thai board evokes hilarious replies
A picture of a Thailand board has recently been making the rounds on the internet.
— Outlook India

Fear Spreads of Widows Ghost in Northeastern Thailand
Villagers in northeastern Thailand have again hung red shirts in front of their houses, believing it will ward off being attacked by the widow’s ghost.
— Chiang Rai Times

National Park Rangers Seize Homestay Units in Northern Thailand
National parks rangers have seized land in northern Thailand on which Homestay units were built in the vicinity of Doi Suthep-Pui national park.
— Chiang Rai Times

What do TB, immigration, and retirement living have in common?
Darren McGarry from Key Visa, speaking on a subject of great interest to Expats, brings his PCEC audience up to date on current Thai Immigration issues.
— Pattaya Mail

Community Development Dept signs MOU with Ayutthaya to encourage residents to wear traditional Thai
The Community Development Department has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Ayutthaya provincial administration to encourage people to wear garments made by Thai fabric.
— Newsline (video)

Civil Aviation Authority Thailand ready for ICAO audit
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (C-A-A-T) has indicated that the Kingdom is ready for the inspection of the International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
— Newsline (video)

Higher Productivity is Key to Thailand’s Future Economic Growth and Prosperity
Thailand’s growth slowed to an estimated 2.5 percent in 2019 from 4.1 percent in 2018, due to external and domestic factors.
— Modern Diplomacy

Thai Military Holds Ceremony to Swear Allegiance to King
Thailand’s king presided over an oath-taking ceremony Saturday at an army base where almost 7,000 soldiers and police paraded to mark Armed Forces Day.
— The Diplomat

TCEB launches project to promote meetings in Thailand
The Thailand Convention and Exhibition Bureau (TCEB) has joined hands with the Tourism Council of Thailand and the MICE (meetings, incentives, conventions and exhibitions) industry to launch a project to encourage different sectors to hold meetings and conferences in Thailand, in an effort to boost the economy.
— Pattaya Mail

King asks troops, police for spirit of sacrifice
His Majesty the King says the country will get stronger if Thais are committed to their duties and have the nation’s best interests at heart.
— Bangkok Post

Farming Community Becomes Chemical Free in Northern Thailand
Once a major maize plantation in northern Thailand that used farm chemicals to raise yields has become chemical free.
— Chiang Rai Times

Drills to replace lion dancers in Phuket
Phuket plans to welcome the Year of the Rat later this week not with lion dances and wishes of good luck, but with maritime safety drills as it moves to rebuild tourist confidence.
— Bangkok Post

Why Future Forward is accused of being anti-monarchy
What you should know about charges against Future Forward Party.
— Thai PBS News

Piyabutr acknowledges that Future Forward will probably be disbanded
Future Forward Party’s secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is urging the party’s 60,000 members and other supporters to switch their allegiances to a new party that would be formed if Future Forward ends up being dissolved by the Constitutional Court this week.
— The Thaiger

HM King presides over grand military parade
HM the King on Saturday called on Thai people to commit to their duties with a common goal that has the best interest of the country at their heart.
— Thai PBS News

Govt prepares fresh set of tax incentives for entrepreneurs
The Finance Ministry is planning to stimulate domestic investment this year by lavishing more tax reduction incentives on entrepreneurs.
— Bangkok Post

B8.9bn assigned to grassroots development
Some 8.9 billion baht available from the budget integration will be allocated to support grassroots economic development in fiscal 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Elderly Chinese tourist is Thailand’s second Coronavirus pneumonia case
Thailand’s second case of Coronavirus pneumonia has been diagnosed and the patient, a 74-year old Chinese tourist, is being treated at the state-run Bamrasnaradura Hospital in Nonthaburi province, public health permanent secretary Dr. Sukhum Kanchanapimai disclosed today.
— Thai PBS News

Activist Says Naming Bridge After Prayuth May Cost Him Premiership
A transparency campaigner on Friday said a request by a government lawmaker to name a proposed bridge after PM Prayuth Chan-ocha risks breaching the nation’s highest law.
— Khaosod English

It will all come out, says Surachate
The drive-by shooting of the car of former immigration police chief Surachate Hakparn has sparked debate with speculation over the motive dividing opinion.
— Bangkok Post

Ratchanok beats Marin to claim Indonesia Masters title
Ratchanok Intanon won the first badminton title of the year on Sunday in a 2-1 victory over former world number one Carolina Marin.
— Bangkok Post

Chonburi Police renew crackdown on groups of motorbike racers in Pattaya area, catch one racer with Crystal Methamphetamine
At 3:30 AM on January 19th, 2020, Chonburi, Pattaya and Huay Yai Police in a joint operation responded to multiple complaints of large groups of young motorbike racers speeding on local streets loudly at late hours, disrupting concerned local residents with loud noise.
— The Pattaya News

Dutchman jailed for 100 years in Thailand for money laundering is released
A Dutch citizen who was jailed for 100 years in Thailand, is now on his way home after years of campaigning for his release.
— The Thaiger

Drills to replace lion dancers in Phuket
Phuket plans to welcome the Year of the Rat later this week not with lion dances and wishes of good luck, but with maritime safety drills as it moves to rebuild tourist confidence.
— Bangkok Post

Nine garbage trucks caught illegally using Bangkok’s public incinerator
Go find your own garbage incinerator! Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang is leading the charge to stop garbage trucks from outside the city using the municipal incinerator, joining city officials in seizing nine garbage trucks from the central province of Samut Sakhon province found illegally dumping trash.
— The Thaiger

Mon Jam resort operators defy order to suspend operations
Resort operators at Doi Mon Jam, in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district, are defying an order, issued by the Mae Rim district office, to suspend their operations within 30 days.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s “agriculture 4.0” – a dream come true?
Suwit Traichok, a 60-year-old melon producer, was the pioneer of Thailand’s young smart farmers. Despite having a promising career and a decent salary in a well-established organization, Thai Airways International, he quit the job and moved to his hometown, in Ayutthaya province, to pursue his dream job in agriculture.
— Thai PBS News

CRC eyes record-high IPO
Central Retail Corporation Plc (CRC), Thailand’s largest retailer and the retail arm of Central Group, has set its initial public offering (IPO) price range at 40 to 43 baht per share, which will possibly become the country’s biggest-ever fund-raising deal worth up to 72.7 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

Piyabutr warns of serious consequences if Future Forward is dissolved
Future Forward secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul is confident that his party will not be dissolved by the Constitutional Court and he warned that the country may face three adverse consequences if it is.
— Thai PBS News

Parina Appointed to Anti-Graft Committee, Netizens Gobsmacked
Netizens are left in disbelief on Friday to hear that a coalition politician accused of encroaching on public land was formally appointed to a House Committee on anti-corruption measures.
— Khaosod English

Public Health Ministry’s cannabis clinic fully booked until March
Thailand’s first full-time cannabis clinic has become so popular that it is now fully booked into March, with more than 12,000 people having signed up to receive treatment.
— Thai PBS News

Seven year old girl killed by train in Pattaya area
A seven year old girl was tragically killed this afternoon outside of Pattaya City on Soi Chaiyaphruek when she followed her father to a garden across a railroad track and was hit by a train.
— The Pattaya News

Fire at Fortune Town mall sparks evacuation
A fire broke out at the Fortune Town building on Ratchadaphisek Road on Sunday, leading to an evacuation of the building. No injuries were reported.
— Bangkok Post

82 year old Frenchman killed in motorbike crash with ATV in Phuket
An elderly French man has died after an American woman lost control of her all-terrain vehicle (ATV) and crashed into his motorcycle in Chalong, southern Phuket.
— The Thaiger

Tour bus crash in northern Thailand injures 8
Eight people are injured, one seriously, after a tour bus crashed in northern Thailand’s northern Nan Province yesterday morning.
— The Thaiger

Thailand is making you fat
“…compare a Big Mac to an average Pad Thai and there’s at least double the kilojoules in the Thai noodle dish.” I came to Thailand as a fit, healthy 70 kilogram Australian. After six years in Thailand I’m now a reasonably fit, healthy 76 kilogram Australian. Why? Well, Thai food, despite its healthy appearance and fresh …
— The Thaiger

Opinion: A Case of Political Purification at a Hospital
As political tension flares up anew following pro- and anti-government rallies last weekend, some took additional steps to ensure their ideological purity.
— Khaosod English

Work in progress: a decade of human rights in Isaan
“Isaan people have become more rights-conscious, which means they won’t submit to anyone easily. No one can mess with them anymore because they won’t allow it,” says former human rights commissioner Sunee Chaiyarot in this interview on human rights in Isaan.
— Isaan Record

Central ploughs ahead with expansion plans
Central Retail Corporation (CRC), the retail arm of Central Group and the country’s biggest mall operator, has vowed to continue investing heavily this year, even as an attempt to operate Tesco’s stores in Thailand and Malaysia has not materialised.
— Bangkok Post

Nine illegal trash trucks caught using City Hall’s incinerator
Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang led city officials and police to prevent nine garbage trucks from Samut Sakhon province illegally dumping trash at the Nong Khaem incinerator on Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

Eco-Design, Art, Workshops Collide at Bangkok Design Week 2020
A well-designed chair, public transport station, and green spaces are the keys to better living in Thailand – at least, that’s the message of the upcoming art festival.
— Khaosod English

30 million in lottery windfall to central Thailand winning tickets
There’s been three big winners for last Friday’s bi-monthly Thai Government Lottery in Thailand’s central provinces.
— The Thaiger


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John Le Fevre

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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