Thailand morning news for July 13

Thailand morning news for July 13
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Thailand morning newsPoll shows most Thais still oppose foreign arrivals
A recent survey carried out by the National Institute of Development Administration, or Nida Poll, shows that a majority of Thais still oppose opening the country to foreigners, even if they’re not infected with Covid-19, saying the global coronavirus situation is still very serious.
— The Thaiger

Super Poll says 86.3% do not trust Thailand’s political parties
More than 80% of the respondents to an opinion poll have admitted that they have lost trust in Thailand’s political parties, because they are full of politicians with vested interests, who engage in power struggles and political games.
— Thai PBS News

Nearly one-third of tourism-related businesses ‘may shut down permanently’
About one-third of tourism business operators in Thailand will run out of liquidity to keep their businesses afloat in the second half of 2020, Tourism Council of Thailand president Chairat Trirattanajarasporn has warned.
— The Nation

Cabinet Reshuffle Coming in Sept, Prayut Says in Matichon Meeting
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Friday told Matichon Group executives that he planned to reshuffle his Cabinet after the annual budget debate concluded in September.
— Khaosod English

Somkid hints he’ll ‘accept’ chop
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has hinted that he is prepared to accept his fate if Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha decides to reshuffle the cabinet.
— Bangkok Post

5,000-baht SSF stipend moves forth
The Finance Ministry has approved the Labour Ministry’s proposal to provide leftover budget as a cash handout of 5,000 baht a month to nearly 90,000 workers registered under the Social Security Fund who were affected by the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Elephant’s death prompts plea to “say no” to plastic bags
Thailand’s ministry of natural resources and environment fears that the public campaign to reduce plastic bags is “falling on deaf ears”, after the latest loss of a wild elephant, which died with plastic bags in its intestines and stomach.
— The Thaiger

Human trials of locally made Covid-19 vaccine to begin in October
Surpassing earlier predictions that human trials of a locally manufactured Covid-19 vaccine could begin as early as the end of the year, Thailand will conduct the first human trials of its vaccine candidate in October, after trials on monkeys produced satisfactory results, with high level of immunity being detected in the animals.
— The Thaiger

Palang Pracharath debuts new deputy leaders
Following the change of party leadership to Gen Prawit Wongsuwan, Palang Pracharath Party has appointed 10 new deputy leaders at the first meeting between Gen Prawit and party MPs.

Deputy PM Somkid confident PM Prayut’s decisions on cabinet in best interests of nation
The Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, has voiced his readiness to accept any decision made by Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, after he signaled a possible cabinet reshuffle, saying he believed the Prime Minister will make his decisions based on the best interests of the nation.

Nine points proposed to strengthen new normal
The Spokesperson for the government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has presented nine points for strengthening the new normal and protecting against a resurgence of the pathogen, encouraging all sectors to circulate productive information.

Thailand records one new COVID-19 case in quarantine today
Thailand recorded just one new COVID-19 case, among quarantined returnees from abroad, and no new deaths today (Sunday).
— Thai PBS News

Travel bubbles may be postponed “indefinitely”
The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand now says the proposed “travel bubble” scheme, which could have allowed limited numbers of tourist arrivals from designated “low risk” countries, may have to be “postponed indefinitely”.
— The Thaiger

Bt1.6-billion FDI got the nod in June
The committee overseeing foreigners’ investment under the Foreign Business Act permitted 22 foreigners to invest in Thailand in June, according to the Department of Business Development’s director-general, Vuttikrai Leewiraphan.
— The Nation

Urgent call for blood donations amid depleting stocks
The Thai Red Cross Society is inviting blood donors, as blood supplies are running out and are not sufficient for operations.
— The Nation

Thailand Prepares 10,000 Potential COVID-19 Vaccines for November Human Trial
Scientists in Thailand are prepping 10,000 doses of a potential COVID-19 vaccine for a set of human trials scheduled to start later this year.
— Newsweek (video)

Thailand’s border trade down 9.7 percent in five months
Thailand’s cross-border trade was down by 9.7 percent year-on-year in the first five months of 2020 due to the impacts of COVID-19 pandemic on the global economy, and neighbours’ closure of nearly all border checkpoints.
— Vietnamplus

Social Security to pay insured part-time workers more COVID-19 compensation
The Social Security Office is working to pay insured unemployed part-time workers whose unemployed benefit is below 5,000 baht.
— Newsline (video)

Hospitals to offer at home chemotherapy
The Ministry of Public Health is working to allow at-home chemotherapy for patients with colon and rectal cancer, setting the target to offer this service in all regions of Thailand within 2 years.
— Newsline (video)

Community Health Clinics Accused of Bt72 Million Billing Fraud
Thailand’s crime suppression police will question thousands of patients after an alleged Bt72 million in fraudulent claims were reported by community health clinics.
— Chiang Rai Times

AirAsia considers twin hubs in capital
Thai AirAsia (TAA) is considering making Suvarnabhumi airport its new aviation hub, alongside its already established hub in Don Mueang airport, to increase the company’s revenue.
— Bangkok Post

People urged to keep up guard as crisis wanes
The first wave of the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand has ended as the country has reported zero local transmission of the disease for 48 consecutive days, said Sopon Iamsirithavorn, director of the Bureau of General Communicable Diseases.
— Bangkok Post

Public hearing held on industrial estate in Songkhla but local group claims it was barred
The Southern Border Province Administrative Centre (SBPAC) on Saturday held a public hearing in Songkhla province on the proposed Chana industrial estate, dubbed a progressive pilot project for the future.
— The Nation

Agricultural startups to be mentored on using innovation to generate higher value
The National Innovation Agency (NIA) in cooperation with 12 private partners is launching a campaign to promote startup agricultural entrepreneurs to use innovation for boosting product prices instead of relying on government aid, NIA director Panart Chairat said.
— The Nation

Thailand lowers guard while 2nd wave of virus spread concerns foreign nations
Thai government asked people not to lower their guard against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) as a survey showed they compromised their protection.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand is preparing for a second wave by developing its own COVID test kits
Mirroring its strategy for vaccine development, Thailand is working on more local production of COVId-19 test kits.
— ABS-CBN News

Thailand – Cambodia border reopening proposed to resume bilateral trade
A vice chairman of the Sa Kaeo provincial council has proposed the reopening of the Aranyaprathet border crossing to resume border trade.
— Pattaya Mail

Ministry to sign deal with Shopee in bid to make farmers tap e-commerce platform
The Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Shopee on July 15 this year encouraging Thai farmers to sell products online, expecting the product sales via Shopee platform to increase by approximately 30 per cent.
— The Nation

Resort buildings razed in illegal buildings crackdown
The Royal Forestry Department (RFD) has dismantled eight resort buildings which were illegally built on the hills of Mon Cham, a popular tourist destination in Chiang Mai’s Mae Rim district and vowed to clear dozens of other illegal structures.
— Bangkok Post

Shortlist for next top Transport Ministry official ‘yet to be finalised’
The outing Transport Ministry permanent secretary will propose to the minister three names as his replacement when he retires.
— The Nation

Thai Health launches abstinence campaign for better financial health
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation and the Stop Gambling Foundation are encouraging people to avoid spending on alcohol and lottery tickets to help improve their financial well-being in case of an emergency.
— Newsline (video)

Govt takes steps to stop ‘bio-piracy’
The Department of Intellectual Property is pushing ahead with amendments to the Patent Act aimed at preventing theft of traditional knowledge known as bio-piracy.
— Bangkok Post

PM gives thumbs up for rise in Thailand’s ranking in e-government development
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is pleased with the improvement in Thailand’s ranking from 73rd in 2018 to 57th on the E-government Development Index.
— The Nation

“Prawit Backers are Promoted to PPRP Ranks”
Prawit Wongsuwon ‘s main supporters have been appointed his deputies, as the former general consolidates his leadership of the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), the largest faction in the ruling coalition.
— The Asian Affairs

Jumbo death spurs call to shun plastic bags
The latest loss of a wild elephant which died with plastic bags in its intestines and stomach showed the public campaign to reduce plastic bags was “falling on deaf ears”, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment Minister Varawut Silpa-archa says.
— Bangkok Post

Volunteers to be enlisted next month for human trial of Covid-19 vaccine
Thailand will sign up volunteers in August-September to test the Covid-19 vaccine and conduct the first trial on a human in October, said Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Minister Suvit Maesincee.
— The Nation

NHSO accelerates graft probe into 63 Chum Chon Ob Oon clinics
Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has vowed to take legal action against Chum Chon Ob Oun community clinic operators who embezzled health checkup funds from the ‘Gold Card’ universal health insurance scheme, and revoke their licenses.
— Newsline (video)

Nakhon Ratchasima rice farmers stare at another year of drought as rains play truant
Drought-hit rice farmers in Nakhon Ratchasima province are once again staring at an uncertain future as rainfall in the current season is far short of the normal.
— The Nation

Democrats in the dark over likely reshuffle
The Democrat Party has not been told about a cabinet reshuffle which might decide its fate in the government, said the party leader Jurin Laksanawisit.
— Bangkok Post

Evacuation: 247 Nigerians arrive home from Malaysia, Thailand
The Federal Government of Nigeria has safely evacuated and returned home, two hundred and forty-seven Nigerians who were stranded in Malaysia and Thailand.
— Nairametrics

Vietnamese boat caught fishing in Gulf of Thailand
A Vietnamese fishing boat was caught and six crewmen, including the captain, arrested by marine police in the Gulf of Thailand on Saturday, Marine Police Division 7 commander Pol Col Sarawut Litchaweerat said at a press conference on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Woman Commits Suicide With Her Two Cats in Bangkok
A 32 year-old woman has allegedly committed suicide in her bathroom and taken her two cats with her into the afterlife.
— Chiang Rai Times

Migrants seeking work held in Chachoengsao for illegal entry
Chachoengsao: Scores of Cambodian migrants, including children, were detained along with five suspected smugglers in Muang district yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket Opinion: Ghost of Phuket past rears its ugly head
This past week saw two separate incidents that highlighted golden opportunities for those holding the reins of the national economy to take strides towards their espoused goal of correcting critical issues besieging Thailand’s, and especially Phuket’s, tourism industry.
— The Phuket News

Locals divided over Chana plan
Public forums were underway yesterday under heavy security surveillance in Chana district in Songkhla to garner opinions from locals about the government’s controversial plan to construct an 18-billion-baht industrial estate on 16,700 rai of land covering three tambons.
— Bangkok Post

TAT to hold Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 to stimulate spending
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) will organize the Amazing Thailand Grand Sale 2020 at ICONSIAM shopping complex from the 15th of July until the 15th of September.
— Newsline (video)

Nonthaburi water-bottle spiking cases likely aimed at sexual assault, say police
Sex rather than theft was likely the motivation behind the curious cases of spiked water bottles of joggers at a public park in Nonthaburi province.
— The Nation

Chinese men detained for entering country from Myanmar without visas
Sixteen Chinese men have been detained for sneaking into the country illegally from Myanmar.
— The Nation

An extra nutrition boost for young refugee children in Thailand
About 90,000 refugees from Myanmar live in nine camps in western Thailand, near the Thailand-Myanmar border.
— Reliefweb

Protests at Chana industrial estate project public hearing
Opponents of the Chana industrial estate project staged a protest on Saturday morning, in front of Chana Wittaya School in Chana district of Thailand’s southern province of Songkhla, where a public hearing on the controversial project was being held by the Southern Border Provinces Administration Centre (SBPAC).
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Urged to Reopen Checkpoints as Border Trade Falls in Pandemic
Thailand’s Ministry of Commerce said on Friday that it is urging government leaders to allow nine border checkpoints to reopen, as border trade has fallen nearly 10 percent amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s Energy Minister Sontirat may join Kla Party
There is speculation that Energy Minister, and former Secretary-General of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party, Mr. Sontirat Sontijirawong, will join Mr. Korn Chatikavanich’s Kla party around August this year.
— Thai PBS News

Senators visit Chiang Rai to follow up on Children and Youth Council’s activities
The senators visited Chiang Rai to follow up on the activities of Chiang Rai Children and Youth Council.

HEALTHCovid-19 pandemic showcases Thailand as a Medical & Wellness Hub
Thailand’s internationally admired performance in the pandemic of the COVID-19 virus has showcased the exceptional strengths of the country’s health care system and medical industry to further justify its drive towards becoming one of the world’s top medical hubs.
— ThailandBusinessNews

Treasury Dept orders historic buildings conservation
The Treasury Department has ordered its provincial offices to carry out a survey of old and historically important buildings for conservation.

EC sets official Samut Prakan by-election in August
The Election Commission has officially scheduled a by-election for an electoral district in Samut Prakan on 9th August, and will accept candidate applications from 16th to 20th July.

Saraburi to host medical cannabis project
The Ministry of Public Health has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on medical cannabis production and processing in Saraburi province.

High durian yield lifts southern Thailand fruit production
Fruit production in the southern region has expanded by nearly six per cent over the last year, with durian output seeing the most growth at 22 per cent, the Office of Agricultural Economics reported.
— Fresh Plaza

Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry checks on development of new coconut species
The Deputy Minister of Agriculture and Cooperatives, Mananya Thaiset, has surveyed the development of a new species of coconut in Surat Thani province.

Man in state quarantine dies of heart attack
A 56-year old Thai man, who passed away after he was taken to a state quarantine facility in the eastern province of Chon Buri on Friday, was diagnosed to have died of myocardial infarction, or a heart attack.
— Thai PBS News

Chon Buri and eastern provinces brace for heavy localised rain storms
Thailand’s Meteorological Department is forecasting “isolated heavy rains for the Eastern part of Thailand” in the forecast period, including Chon Buri.
— The Thaiger

Former PM Abhisit, Thanathorn promote welfare state in Thailand
A former PM of Thailand is criticising the administration of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha for what he called the “lack of improvement in people’s livelihoods” and the absence of a solid welfare system.
— The Thaiger

Traders let over border to pick up merchandise
Checkpoints are being reopened to Cambodian traders for five hours a day as border markets on the Thai side slowly return to business, according to local authorities.
— Bangkok Post

Thai monkey trainer rejects PETA claims on coconut harvesting
A monkey trainer in the southern Thailand said very few monkeys are involved in harvesting coconuts for export and there was no abuse at his centre.

Setthaput latest to vie for BoT post
Setthaput Suthiwart-Narueput, a member of the Monetary Policy Committee and the prime minister’s advisory team, has joined the race for the top job at the Bank of Thailand, bringing the number of contenders to six.
— Bangkok Post

Thai schools told they cannot arbitrarily cut students’ hair
Thailand’s Ministry of Education has issued a letter, to all schools under its jurisdiction, to abrogate the 1975 regulations, regarding their students’ hair style and length, and to forbid the arbitrary cutting of students’ hair at school.
— Thai PBS News

Event held to mark second anniversary of Tham Luang rescue mission
Public and private sectors have jointly organized a Reunion Day, the Event of Tham Luang 2020, to mark the second anniversary of the high-profile Tham Luang cave rescue mission in the northern province of Chiang Rai.

Hungry Now, Fabulous 103FM and The Pattaya News help the needy in Pattaya over the weekend
Hungry Now, with the support of local media The Pattaya News and Fabulous 103 FM, handed out 2000 meals, each with a water and a face mask, to the needy in Pattaya over the past weekend.
— The Pattaya News

School administrators threaten boycott of Kao Klai party over haircut conflict
The Association of Secondary School Administrators has threatened to boycott the opposition Kao Klai party, unless one of its MPs offers a public apology and retracts his allegedly offensive remark against a school teacher who cut the hair of a student.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Beach installs billboards detailing rules during the Covid-19 era
Earlier this month the Pattaya City Administration installed multiple bilingual billboards on Pattaya beach which detail rules during the “Covid-19 Coronavirus” era.
— The Pattaya News

Electric company worker severely shocked, injured in 5 metre fall
An electrical company worker has suffered critical injuries after an electric shock caused him to fall 5 metres to the ground in Chon Buri’s Si Racha district this morning.
— The Thaiger

Tents, barrier removed from famous Phetchabun cliff
The owners of land plots leading to the tip of Pha Hua Sing, a famous cliff on Phu Thap Boek, have removed some permanent structures that spoiled the scenery and reopened the path for visitors to the photogenic area.
— Bangkok Post

Three arrested with 1,199kg ‘ice’
Three men were arrested and 1,199 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine, or ice, in their possession seized by police in Phun Phin district of this southern province Saturday, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Thai massage loses its charm behind masks, social distancing
Walk into a massage parlour and a familiar clasped-hands “wai” greeting will welcome you as a hint of jasmine lingers in the air.
— Bangkok Post

1 dead, 6 injured by bee stings in Chantaburi – VIDEO
A woman is dead and 6 irrigation workers are in hospital after they accidentally disturbed a large nest of bees yesterday while clearing grass on the side of the road in the eastern border province of Chanthaburi.
— The Thaiger

Koh Lan to get “neo” branding to attract tourists
The popular resort island of Koh Lan, about 8 kilometres off the Pattaya coast in the Gulf of Thailand, will become “Neo Koh Lan”, as Pattaya is being upgraded as a tourism and investment hub under the Thai government’s poster economic project, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) scheme.
— The Thaiger

Busy motorbike thieves nabbed in Chon Buri
Police in Chon Buri’s Banglamung district have arrested 2 prolific motorbike thieves.
— The Thaiger

Foreigners take aim at dual pricing
An online movement is gathering momentum to publicise the widespread practice of charging foreigners as much as 10 times what Thais pay at local tourist attractions.
— Bangkok Post travel

Man found dead in car in Phitsanulok
A man was found dead in a car by an irrigation canal in Muang district of this central northern province on Sunday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Phone-reading motorcyclist killed after hitting power pole
A man who was driving fast while looking at his smartphone was killed when his motorcycle rammed into a roadside power pole in Phrom Khiri district of this southern province on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Opinion: Thai Monkey Business in Coconut Trouble
In Thailand, monkey business is real business with the beasts trained to collect coconuts for human consumption. But for how much longer?
— Khaosod English



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