Thailand morning news for January 24

Thailand morning news for January 24
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Government considers Plan B due to delays of budget disbursement
The Thai government’s economic team has been tasked, by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, to work out a Plan B in case the already late disbursement of the fiscal budget is further delayed, possibly until the second quarter, by proceedings in the Constitutional Court to determine the legal status of the bill.
— Thai PBS News

PPRP blames machines for proxy voting
The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) on Thursday defended the proxy voting by its MPs after a video clip showed one of its lawmakers inserting more than one card during the budget bill vote.
— Bangkok Post

Thai protesters demand action as air pollution clouds Bangkok
Dozens of activists held a rare protest on Thursday over air pollution in Bangkok, a day after Thai officials closed schools due to concern over the impact.

Prayut: Budget bill controversy will affect economy
The controversy surrounding the 2020 Budget Bill will certainly affect the economy because it involves government investment totalling hundreds of billions of baht, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers burning sugarcane face additional fees for milling their crop
Sugarcane growers, who burn their crops before harvesting, will be charged 30 baht/tonne for the burnt sugarcane delivered to sugar mills, while the mills will be levied 12 baht/tonne for accepting burnt cane exceeding the set limits.
— Thai PBS News

Thai government launches twelve step air pollution control plan in Bangkok
The government will be enforcing 12 measures addressing the air pollution crisis. The Prime Minister said the government has not been negligent over the issue, however the solution to this problem must be done step-by-step and receive cooperation from all sectors.
— The Pattaya News

Activist to Sue Land Officials for Letting Parina Off the Hook
A transparency activist on Thursday threatened to sue land officials for declining to pursue charges against a coalition politician accused of land encroachment.
— Khaosod English

Car sales projected to fall 6.7%
Toyota Motors Thailand expects overall domestic car sales to drop 6.7% to 940,000 units in 2020, as the market faces challenges from a shrinking global economy, tightened loan conditions by local banks and lower consumer confidence.
— Bangkok Post

“Online ordering portal could further promote the consumption of Thai imported goods”
The Thai Fresh Import company has been dealing with the import of fresh air cargo from Thai fields for many years now.
— FreshPlaza

Thailand plans new tax incentives to boost investment
Thailand’s finance ministry will submit to the cabinet on Tuesday a package of tax incentives to encourage investment, a deputy prime minister said on Thursday, as the government looks to revive a flagging economy.
— Reuters

Bangkok steps up its fight against plastic trash
TWO things Thailand is famous for are its delicious street food and its wonderful beaches.
— The Business Times

Government to address recurring floods and drought
Deputy Prime Minister Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan has instructed relevant state agencies to draft a plan for the integration of all water management functions for the next fiscal year and to address the recurring flood and drought problems nationwide.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s Environment Board to Release New Anti-Smog Measures
Thailand’s National Environment Board reports it will issue anti-smog measures concerning the limited use of vehicles. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa said the measures will be released tomorrow.
— Chiang Rai Times

Public Health Minister joins anti PM 2.5 campaign in Lumpini Park
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul led a group of public health officials to Lumpini (ลุมพินี) Park in Bangkok to distribute PM2.5 filtering masks to members of the public.
— Newsline (video)

DPM Somkid orders Krungthai Bank to help SMEs, government employees
The Deputy Prime Minister for economic affairs has instructed Krung Thai Bank to provide assistance to entrepreneurs seeking to create liquidity.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand signs MoU for pilot 5G service at airports
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunication Commission (NBTC) on Wednesday (Jan 22) signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Airports of Thailand Pcl (AOT) for cooperation in a feasibility study and operation of 5G telecommunication service at airports.
— The Star Online

TAT organizes campaigns to promote tourism in NE region
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a campaign to stimulate tourism in the Northeastern provinces by setting up traveling themes, promoting the region’s gastronomy as well as greater utilize technology to facilitate travelers visiting the region.
— Newsline (video)

New airport plan passes hearing
Nakhon Pathom’s airport has recently passed a second public hearing.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Airways join Food Waste Management program
Thai Airways International has joined the Food Waste Management program initiated by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment to minimize waste from food production.
— Newsline (video)

Decisive action ordered by Krabi governor after pack of dogs attacks 7-year-old American boy
The Governor of Krabi, Kitibodee Prawit, has ordered that large packs of stray dogs found in popular tourist hotspots be rounded up and dealt with following a dangerous attack on the son of an American tourist on Ao Siao beach last Saturday.

“Price of Thai coconuts is rising”
Coconuts are an important product in the Chinese market. Even when the weather is gradually growing colder, Chinese consumers still show a strong demand for coconuts.
— FreshPlaza

Thai Parliament to recess on Feb 29th
After opening on November 1st last year, the Thai parliament is due to go into recess on February 29th.
— Thai PBS News

Fewer airborne fine dust particles in and around Bangkok today
The levels of PM2.5 dust in the atmosphere over Bangkok and its suburbs have fallen today (Thursday) to 27-66 microns, with 11 areas found to exceed the 50-micron safety threshold, according to the Pollution Control Department (PCD).
— Thai PBS News

Baht will continue to remain strong throughout 2020
The Thai baht will continue to maintain its strength for the rest of 2020. It will remain strong, propelled by the increased surpluses in the Thai current account and the country’s trade balance.
— The Thaiger

Woman arrested for selling Kratom in Pattaya
A woman has been arrested for selling Kratom at Jomtien Beach yesterday evening. A team of the Pattaya City Police led by Major Chainarong Chaiin has arrested 28 year old Ms. Jankarn Sonyem.
— The Pattaya News

Rina Tatematsu wins Thailand National Golf Qualifiers, moves on to take part in LPGA tour in Pattaya in February
Honda Automobile (Thailand) Co Ltd teamed up with the Sports Authority of Thailand (SAT) in organising The Honda LPGA Thailand National Qualifiers on January 21-22, in search of a Thai female golfer who would take part in the upcoming Honda LPGA Thailand 2020.
— The Pattaya News

MCOT to Livestream Beijing’s Chinese New Year Celebration
A state enterprise’s flagship TV channel will broadcast a gala event celebrating the Chinese New Year live from Beijing thanks to a partnership with a Chinese official media agency.
— Khaosod English

Where to Welcome Year of the Rat in Bangkok
Whether you’re into snacking on deep fried pork while watching Chinese acrobats and lion dances, sipping on craft cocktails in your bespoke qipao, or cheering to teen girl idols, there’s something for everyone in Bangkok for Chinese New Year this Saturday.
— Khaosod English

Old casket containing human bones found in suspect’s pond
An old metal casket containing more than 30 human bones was retrieved on Thursday from a large pond at the Bangkok home of Apichai Ongwisit, dubbed Ice Heep Lek the metal casket killer, who was earlier charged with murdering a young woman and concealing her corpse.
— Bangkok Post

SCAM – Thailand’s PM2.5 micron smoke screen
It’s cars, it’s the polluting buses, it’s people burning too many incense sticks. Every year it’s the same culprits in Bangkok, people driving their cars too much, polluting factories and old buses belching black smoke.
— The Thaiger

Prasitthichai speaks to the Thai media, “killings were unintentional”
In a bizarre sequence of events, Thai media were able to directly question the suspect, who has allegedly confessed, of the cold-blooded murders of three, whilst injuring four others, on January 9 at a Lop Buri gold shop.
— The Thaiger

SCB out of favour among analysts as bad loans rise
Siam Commercial Bank Plc, one of Southeast Asia’s largest lenders, has fallen out of favour with securities analysts after reporting fourth-quarter results that raised concerns about loan quality.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok Government asks residents to limit burning of items for Chinese New Year to reduce air pollution, on alert for fire hazards
Thai-Chinese communities in Thailand will be celebrating the Chinese New Year this weekend, during which many candles and much incense will be lit, along with the ritual burning of gold and silver paper, any of which could pose a fire hazard and a source of air pollution.
— The Pattaya News

Monetary policy should be accommodative for some time: BoT
The Bank of Thailand said monetary policy should remain accommodative for some time to support economic growth and help inflation return to target.
— Bangkok Post

Swiss man dies in Pattaya house fire
A Swiss man has been pronounced dead after a house fire in Pattaya this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Scholar Fears Massive Renovation of Iconic Avenue May Erase History
Works are underway to tear down buildings along a 1,200-meter stretch of the iconic Ratchadamnoen Avenue and rebuild them under a new architectural style per orders from the Crown Property Bureau, who owns the land.
— Khaosod English

Man survives drive-by shooting and crash, credits his Buddhist amulet
A Pattaya man who was fired upon and crashed into a power pole early yesterday morning is thanking his lucky Buddha and crediting his Buddhist amulet with saving his life.
— The Thaiger

Unsecured pickup rolls off ferry into the sea
The owner of an inter-island ferry has agreed to compensate the owner of a pickup truck that slid off the boat and into the sea.
— Bangkok Post

Will there be more twists in gold shop killings?
Everyone following one of the most brutal and deadliest robberies in recent Thai history was expecting anything but what has actually been panning out.
— Thai PBS News

Electric vehicle registrations in Thailand rose 380% in 2019
Electic cars (EVs) are on the rise in Thailand. The Electric Vehicle Association of Thailand (EVAT) reports a sharp increase in the number of electric vehicles registered in 2019.
— The Thaiger

Top 10 islands to visit in Thailand (2020)
Thailand is famous for its outstanding island experiences and there are many to choose from. From sweeping stretches of clear golden sands to islands where you can dive, snorkel and stay, Thailand’s islands and beaches are as diverse as they are plentiful. Here is our Top 10 choices.
— The Thaiger

3 arrested for selling fake gold in Khon Kaen
Three men are now in police custody in the north-eastern province of Khon Kaen for selling fake gold to gold shops.
— The Thaiger


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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on the Lisu (Lunar) New Year, Jan 25.


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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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