Thailand morning news for January 21

Thailand morning news for January 21
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Governor of Sa Kaeo announces “Absolutely no burning of sugar cane, prosecution awaits violators” as air pollution worsens in Eastern Thailand
The Governor of Sa Kaeo has announced yesterday to the associated Thai Press that he is getting tough on sugarcane burning which he states is the major cause of air pollution for his province as well as the Eastern part of Thailand, including Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Thai Constitutional Court to rule on disbanding government opposition Future Forward Party today
All core members and MPs of the Future Forward party will gather at the party’s head office in the Thai Summit Tower on Tuesday to monitor the Constitutional Court’s reading of the verdict on the party and its executive committee.
— The Pattaya News

More measures to support economy
Second-home buyers will find it easier to borrow, SMEs will get tax refunds sooner and foreign reserves will be prudently invested overseas.
— Bangkok Post

Widespread sugarcane burning continues uninterrupted by local authorities
Burning of sugarcane by farmers in several provinces is increasing airborne pollution, affecting local residents, and officials appear to be powerless or reluctant to intervene to stop the practice.
— Thai PBS News

Bank of Thailand eases housing loan rules
The central bank has relaxed mortgage lending rules to help certain home buyers borrow more and make lower downpayments, a deputy governor said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Air pollution is worsening in and around Bangkok
Air pollution in Bangkok and its vicinity is worsening today due to increased levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere, as a result of temperature inversion, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD).
— Thai PBS News

Finance Ministry extends income tax deadline to June
The Finance Ministry is poised to extend the deadline to file personal income tax returns by another three months through June to give taxpayers liable for additional tax bills more time to comply.
— Bangkok Post

Industry Min to take measures to encourage sugarcane planters to stop burning sugarcane
The Department of Pollution Control has reported that the burning of sugarcane is one of the major causes of PM 2.5 airborne dust, particularly from December to April during which sugarcane in plantations is harvested.
— Newsline (video)

Drought could affect Thailand’s GDP
The prolonged drought may affect Thai economy between 17 to19 billion baht, or around 0.10 – 0.11 per cent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in 2020, according to an estimate by Kasikorn Research Center (KResearch).
— Pattaya Mail

Made-in-Thailand wet scrubber costs less than 300,000 baht
The Rajaprajanugroh Foundation under Royal Patronage, has demonstrated a wet scrubber prototype for the removal of PM 2.5 airborne dust which has been made in Thailand and costs no more than 300,000 baht.
— Newsline (video)

Phaya Sua Team seizes homestay units encroaching upon Doi Suthep
Phaya Sua Team has seized over six rai of land on which homestay units were built in the premises of Doi Suthep-Pui national park.
— Newsline (video)

Following in China’s footsteps: Will Thailand implement Beijing’s surveillance measures?
In China, facial recognition technology, abetted by artificial intelligence (AI), forms a backdrop to citizen’s lives.
— Asean Today

Thailand speeds up construction of reservoirs
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) is speeding up the building of 421 Kaem Ling projects — water reservoir projects initiated by His Majesty King Rama IX — as water catchment areas over 1.2 million rai.
— Vietnamplus

Outdoor sex romp sparks police probe
The police are searching for a pair of lovers who engaged in sex outdoors at a university in the Bang Khen area.
— Bangkok Post

Narathiwat to host 2020’s first roving cabinet meeting
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha will chair 2020’s first roving cabinet meeting in Narathiwat province to build up confidence in the local economy, trade and investment. The venue is located at Chalerem Phra Kiat Building in the premises of Narathiwat Rajanagarindra University.
— Newsline (video)

Thai International Travel Fair, world tour packages sell well due to strengthening baht
The last day of the 26th Thai International Travel Fair at Muang Thong Thani was a hectic atmosphere with several types of tour packages being offered.
— Newsline (video)

Thanachart plays up advisory
Thanachart Securities plans to emphasise portfolio advisory services and derivative warrants (DWs) to survive fierce competition and squeezed profit margins in stock trading.
— Bangkok Post

Time to revisit canal project
It is rare to see MPs from the government side and the opposition joining a chorus of support to back a motion in the House, but this is what happened last week.
— Bangkok Post

Nakhon Si Thammarat signs MOU to promote Muang Nakhon fabric
Nakhon Si Thammarat province, in collaboration with the Community Development Department and the National Council of Women of Thailand under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty the Queen, has organized the Nakhon Si Thammarat: City of Civilization project to preserve the art of ethnic Thai clothing.
— Newsline (video)

Supporting communities to be involved in the AIDS response in Thailand
The UNAIDS Country Office in Thailand, with a small team of three staff members, is located in Bangkok. Orawan Bettenhausen, the Administrative Assistant, has been part of the team for almost 20 years.
— UNAIDS (media release)

Thailand seeks to reduce rising flight costs due to increase in air traffic
The Aeronautical Radio of Thailand (Aerothai) has been directed to cope with the problem of increased air traffic, which has resulted in planes waiting for landing space and hiking flight costs by more than 100mil baht per year.
— The Star Online

NBTC declares neutrality in 5G gear
The telecom regulator has vowed to remain neutral concerning bids from telecom vendors involved in the nation’s 5G roll-out in light of ongoing trade tensions between the US and China.
— Bangkok Post

Vietnam, Thailand hold 7th political consultation in Hanoi
Vietnam and Thailand held the seventh political consultation under the chair of Vietnamese Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Quoc Dung and Permanent Secretary of the Thai Foreign Ministry Busaya Mathelin in Hanoi on January 20.
— Vietnamplus

New rules set for gaur-spotting
Nakhon Ratchasima: The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) has agreed on a set of wildlife spotting rules with a famous Buddhist monastery located in the Khao Phaengma Non-Hunting Area.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand plans to link central fruit markets with China to boost exports
The Department of Internal Trade (DIT) plans to link Thailand’s central fruit markets with those of China to expand the trading channel for Thai fruits, Whichai Phochanakij, the department’s director-general, said recently.
— The Star Online

Heartbreaking footage shows monkeys chained up in Thailand where they’re forced to perform tricks for tourists
HEARTBREAKING footage shows monkeys chained up whilst being forced to perform merciless tricks for crowds of tourists.
— News Parliament

BAAC goes to cabinet for capital
A proposal by the Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) to raise registered capital by 6 billion baht this year is scheduled to go before the cabinet on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

‘Ideas’ festival returns to Bangkok
“Bangkok: A Future For Everyone” is the promise of BangkokEdge 2020, the city’s original ideas festival, which returns to Museum Siam and Chakrabongse Villas on Feb 1 and 2 from noon to 11pm.
— Bangkok Post

Researchers discover unmet needs in Thai diabetes care
A new study by researchers from Boston University School of Public Health (BUSPH) and Chulalongkorn and Mahidol Universities in Bangkok, which was published in the journal PLOS ONE, found that the majority of Thai adults with diabetes were never diagnosed, but that most of those who were diagnosed did receive treatment and got the condition under control.
— Healthcare IT News

Egat, B.Grimm ink major hybrid power deal
The state-run Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (Egat) has signed a contract with B.Grimm Power-Energy China Consortium to develop the world’s largest hydro floating solar hybrid power project at Sirindhorn dam in Ubon Ratchathani.
— Bangkok Post

Amnesty Int. demands Thai government end persecution of Future Forward
Amnesty International has called on the Thai government to cease its persecution and legal intimidation of the Future Forward party.
— Thai PBS News

PTT, Mitsui reach milestone pact
PTT Plc, the national oil and gas conglomerate, has entered into a joint venture agreement with Mitsui & Co (Thailand) to cooperate on robotics and artificial intelligence business operations.
— Bangkok Post

City Hall staff transferred as fly-tipping scam probed
City Hall officials linked to a waste disposal scam which allegedly cost the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) 30-40 million baht in losses have been transferred to other posts while an investigation into their involvement continues.
— Bangkok Post

1 drowns, 4 missing after boat capsizes on Sirikit reservoir
One passenger drowned and four others remain missing after their boat hit a submerged tree stump and capsized on Sirikit reservoir in Tha Pla district of Thailand’s northern province of Uttradit.
— Thai PBS News

Misery for rubber farmers continues into 2020
Rubber farmers are set to endure another year of low rubber prices as global uncertainty and a strong baht drive importers to turn off the taps.
— Bangkok Post

Chakthip Says 1 Detained Over Deadly Heist, But Cops Won’t Discuss It
Police officials on Monday won’t comment on the national police chief’s announcement that one person was questioned in connection with an armed robbery that left three people dead two weeks ago.
— Khaosod English

Bank of Ayudhya posts record profit
Bank of Ayudhya Plc (Krungsri) has posted a record net profit of 32.7 billion baht for 2019, a robust 32% increase from 2018.
— Bangkok Post

Toyota gets approval for EV, plug-in hybrid production in Thailand
Toyota Motor Corp has obtained official approval for its plan to produce electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in Thailand, as part of its policy to globally expand EV sales.
— Bangkok Post

Two Isreali tourists pickpocketed by transgender thieves in Pattaya
Two Isreali tourists told Pattaya police and the Associated Pattaya Press early this morning that they were pickpocketed by transgender thieves in Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News

Man in coma from gunshot after argument with ex-girlfriend’s father in Banglamung
A man has sustained serious injuries from a gunshot and remains in a coma after an argument with his ex-girlfriend’s father this past weekend.
— The Pattaya News

Yingluck targets fake FB profiles
A lawyer of ex-prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra has filed a complaint with police after her name was used to register many fake Facebook accounts.
— Bangkok Post

Royal Parade: 4 Things You Might Have Missed
Nearly 7,000 troops from all four branches of the armed forces – the army, navy, air force, and police – participated in a grandiose military parade before Their Majesties the King and Queen on Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Front torn off locomotive as train hits truck on crossing
The front section of a train locomotive was torn off, and the driver and engineer injured, when it hit a trailer truck on a railway crossing in Phayuha Khiri district on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Police question suspect in Lop Buri gold shop shootings
Police in the northeastern province of Nong Khai are confident they’ve identified a suspect in the January 9 gold shop robbery and shooting in the central Lop Buri province that killed three people, including a two-year boy, and injured four others.
— The Thaiger

North eastern villagers protest fishy smells from seafood factory wastewater
Villagers in the northern Khon Kaen province are complaining of a seafood “factory” that has been dumping foul smelling wastewater into public drains.
— The Thaiger

Two tourists hurt as neck-high cable sweeps them off their motorcycle
Two tourists were injured yesterday when they ran into a low-hanging telecom cable hanging low across a road. The two women were tourists sightseeing on a rented motorbike in Kanchanaburi, 123 kilometres west of Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

10 proven tips to sell your property quickly in Thailand
Selling property can be a headache, especially when you sell in an unfamiliar market like Thailand. However, it doesn’t have to be like that.
— The Thaiger

The rise of the e-bicycle in Thailand, a bit of motorised assistance
Cycling tours offer a unique way to explore Thailand. Faster than walking but slower than driving, cycling tours cover plenty of ground while allowing cyclists to immerse themselves in the sights, smells, and culture of Thailand without the boundary of a car window.
— The Thaiger

Review: For Sweat-Free Bangkok Sightseeing, Consider Hop-On Hop-Off Buses
As it turns out, it wasn’t a bad idea at all, especially if you are a first-time visitor to Bangkok.
— Khaosod English


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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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