Thailand morning news for January 27

Thailand morning news for January 27
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Starving Thai students plead for help as Wuhan coronavirus runs wild (video)
A Thai student studying at Wuhan University, China, has posted a desperate plea for help from the Thai government on Facebook as the 2019 novel* coronavirus (2019-nCoV) runs rampant in the city, threatening to cause its public health system to collapse.
— AEC News Today

Eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand so far
As of Sunday, there have been eight confirmed coronavirus cases in Thailand, five of which have already returned to China, Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul disclosed today.
— Thai PBS News

C130 aircraft on standby for Wuhan evacuation
Up to four C130 planes with medic teams have been put on standby in case Thailand decides to airlift its citizens from Wuhan as the coronavirus outbreak worsened in China.
— Bangkok Post

Over 21 million worried about coronavirus spread – Super Poll
Office, are concerned about the coronavirus outbreak, compared to about 16 million who expressed concern over the PM2.5 dust pollution.
— Thai PBS News

Justice Minister says he is at loss for a next step if budget bill is nullified by court
Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin said today that he was totally at loss about what to do if the budget bill for the 2020 fiscal year is declared null and void by the Constitutional Court.
— Thai PBS News

‘Cash giveaway’ plan for tourists slammed
Critics have panned a proposal from the Tourism and Sports Ministry to give spending coupons to foreign tourists as part of efforts to boost the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Plan to divert water called impractical
A plan to divert water from the Chao Phraya River to drought-hit farmland and parched areas in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, is impractical, according to the Royal Irrigation Department (RID).
— Bangkok Post

Public anger grows over coronavirus in Thailand, with 8 cases of the illness
The health minister in Thailand, the country with the most confirmed cases outside China of the new coronavirus, called an emergency meeting on Sunday (Jan 26) with the transport and tourism ministries amid rising public discontent over the government’s handling of the illness.


Energy Ministry to terminate gasohol 91 in third quarter this year
The Ministry of Energy plans to promote E20 as basic gasoline of the country in an effort to help raise the prices of farm goods especially sugarcane and tapioca as raw materials for the production of ethanol and to terminate gasohol 91 within this year’s third quarter.
— Newsline (video)

All Wuhan-Chiang Mai flights suspended to Feb 4
Chiang Mai international airport has suspended all flights between Wuhan and Chiang Mai from Jan 24 to Feb 4 to stem the coronavirus spread, chief of the provincial tourism and sports office Parisa Panprom said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Automobiles with black smoke arrested
Let’s move on to air pollution. Over 8,000 automobiles with black smoke, mostly being large-sized trucks, have been arrested by police from January 1, marking an increase from last month.
— Newsline (video)

As govt flounders, locals band together to fight smog
As more and more people feel the adverse impact of PM2.5 dust particles, many complain the government has not done enough to solve the problem and are taking action to protect themselves and society.
— Bangkok Post

Government to approve 2.3 billion baht fund for farmers’ debts
The Committee for the Farmers Rehabilitation and Development Fund plans to provide a 2.3 billion baht fund in fiscal 2020 for the rehabilitation of about 2,700 indebted farmers. However, the scheme has yet to be approved by the government.
— Newsline (video)

Health Ministry assures public Coronavirus outbreak is under control
The Thai Ministry of Public Health has assured the public that it has undertaken effective measures to monitor and prevent the new coronavirus.
— Pattaya Mail

Don’t under-estimate PM2.5 risk, doctor says
Despite research establishing the risks associated with ultra-fine PM2.5 particulate matter, and the fact it is both odourless and invisible, many people fail to appreciate the damaging impact it has on their health, said Khate Sripratak, cardiologist and president of the Chest Disease Institute’s medical staff organisation.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand infectious diseases 2019: Measles, dengue and melioidosis
Thailand health officials reported 6,527 measles cases from 74 provinces in 2019. This includes 21 deaths due to measles.
— Outbreak News Today

Drought, deluge, disease: How should the natural rubber industry respond to climate change?
Rising temperatures, drought and heavy rain will affect rubber yields and disease outbreaks.
— Eco-Business

Big Joke reprimanded and deputy national police chief removed by the Prime Minister this week
The former Immigration Bureau chief and now an advisor at the Prime Minister’s office, Lieutenant Surachate Hapkarn, received a written reprimand and warning on Friday from the Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha drawing his attention to official codes of conduct expected from senior officials and warning him of disciplinary action.

Thailand police auction off car packed with almost 100,000 meth pills
The head of Thailand’s anti-drugs effort has apologised after officers auctioned off a car that was carrying tens of thousands of methamphetamine pills.
— The Independent

PM 2.5 and student’s opportunity
Due to the high volume of the PM 2.5 dust, hundreds of schools in Bangkok were ordered to close.
— Newsline (video)

Woman dies while riding in passenger van
A woman died while riding in a Yasothon-Samut Prakan van with nine other passengers on board, according to a police report.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry of Natural Resources opens Living Library at TK Park
The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and Thailand Knowledge Park (TK Park) have joined hands to establish the Living Library with a knowledge zone on natural resources and the environment.
— Newsline (video)

Rice Department holds seminar on rice seed development plan
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives’ Rice Department has hosted a seminar on the development of rice seed for community rice centers.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Muslims enjoy ‘full rights’, harmony with fellow citizens
Representing around 5 per cent of the southeast Asian country’s population, Thai Muslims live in peace and harmony with their fellow citizens while enjoying their full rights, according to Pakorn Priyakorn, chairman of the International Relations Task Force at the Office of the Sheikhul Islam of Thailand.

Suphan Buri organizes ASEAN traditional music, dance event
The province of Suphan Buri is organizing an event to promote traditional music and dance in ASEAN.
— Newsline (video)


Hungarian found dead in Suvarnabhumi detention cell
A Hungarian man detained at the Suvarnabhumi airport police station for overstaying the visa was found dead in the detention cell on Sunday morning, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Chinese-language interpreters needed to interview arriving Chinese tourists
Thailand’s Department of Disease Control is recruiting Chinese-language interpreters to help interview tourists arriving at Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-tapao international airports from risk areas.
— Thai PBS News

Economy facing damage from China’s ban on group tours
The Thai economy faces fresh turbulence after China banned outbound group tours to try and limit the spread of the novel coronavirus that’s sickened thousands.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-immigration chief Surachate given stern warning by PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned former immigration chief, Pol Lt-Gen Surachate Hakparn, to adhere strictly to the ethical code and discipline expected of all civil servants.
— Thai PBS News

Don Discusses Mekong, South China Sea With Chinese Minister
Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Thai Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai here on Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Charter rejig ‘needs balance’
A successful charter rewrite requires people to be aware of the need to push for change that can achieve a balance between the powers of the state and the people, a forum was told.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya leaders and Entrepreneurs hold meeting to discuss Chinese tour group ban and possible significant negative effect on Pattaya tourism due to Chinese Coronavirus
High level Pattaya and Chonburi authorities and significant local business owners had a meeting this afternoon at Nong Nooch Gardens in Pattaya to discuss the possibility of a negative effect on Pattaya tourism due the banning of Chinese tour groups by the Chinese government to attempt to control the Wuhan Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

A Thai student in Wuhan appeals for help from Government
A Thai student, currently stuck in the Chinese city of Wuhan, has appealed to the Thai government to help evacuate her and her compatriots, claiming they are running out of food.
— Thai PBS News

Online grocery shopping gains popularity in Thailand
Squeezing the avocados and smelling the mangoes, in person, may well become a thing of the past as online grocery buying quickly gathers pace.
— The Thaiger

Additional thermal screening for Chinese arrivals at Thai airports
“The number of Chinese tourists is likely to drop by half this year – creating an enormous impact on Thailand’s tourism industry.”
— The Thaiger

Police chief Chakthip confirms audio clip leak triggered Veerachai’s transfer
The abrupt transfer of Pol Gen Veerachai Songmetta, the deputy national police chief, to an inactive post at the Prime Minister’s Office, was triggered by the leak on social media of an audio clip of a private conversation between Veerachai and the national police chief, Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda.
— Thai PBS News

Motosai Taxis Headlock GrabBike Rider, Ignore Calls to Police (Video)
A viral video published on Friday shows a Grab driver crying out in pain as he is beaten bloody by two motorcycle taxis in Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

4000 US soldiers expected in Pattaya for Cobra Gold next month
The American Embassy has begun preparing for the 2020 edition of the Cobra Gold military exercise by reviewing security measures protecting the 4,000 sailors expected to arrive in Pattaya next month.
— The Pattaya News

Latest Khao Lak hotel report
Increasing hotel supply in Khao Lak with stable tourism growth reflects a destination market entering a new cycle.
— The Thaiger

Romeo robber arrested for drugging women in their homes
Lonely hearts beware: a serial robber has been arrested after meeting up with girls for a night of fun but instead robbing them in their own homes.
— The Thaiger

Rescue workers help Australian out of ravine at waterfall in Phang-nga
Rescue workers, and officials from the Phang-nga provincial public disaster prevention and mitigation office, spent more than five hours, working in darkness, to bring to safety a female Australian who fell from the edge of a waterfall in Takuapa district of Thailand’s southern province of Phang-nga on Friday afternoon.
— Thai PBS News

Cops: ‘Ice the Casket Killer’ May Have Murdered At Least 3 Women
Police on Friday said a man already suspected of killing a 22-year-old woman might have murdered at least two more victims following a discovery of almost 300 pieces of bones in the pond behind his home.
— Khaosod English

Two deputy national police chiefs axed in shock transfer
Two deputy national police chiefs were abruptly transferred on Thursday in a surprise reshuffle that has shaken Thailand’s police service.
— Thai PBS News

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.
— The Thaiger

Tourists Still Don’t Know About These Decades-Old Street Food in Bangkok
Just south of Sathorn Road are clusters of back-to-back street food shops who’ve been serving hungry locals and honing their craft for decades.
— Khaosod English

Opinion: The Talibanization of Bangkok’s Architectural Heritage
What struck me as rather disturbing as I met with people along the Ratchadamnoen Avenue to discuss the upcoming renovation is their sense of fear.
— Khaosod English


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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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