Thailand morning news for July 14

Thailand morning news for July 14
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Thailand morning newsColleagues of Pilot Found With Virus Were Allowed to Leave Quarantine
An Egyptian airman who tested positive for the coronavirus was part of a group who was permitted to leave their quarantine facility and visit public venues in Rayong province, officials said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Thai Airways cancels all international flights in August
Thai Airways has announced that their suspension of international flights, which began in March, will extend until at least September 1st.
— SawadeeSiam

Stranded foreigners must get embassy letter, new visa or leave Thailand to avoid arrest by police
A spokesman for Thailand’s Immigration Bureau has warned foreigners stranded in Thailand who cannot manage to leave the country before their visa expires on July 31st next, to urgently seek a letter from their embassies as the kingdom begins a ‘clear out’ which could make them the subject to overstay fines as well as arrest and detention by Thai authorities.

Thailand pushing for further crackdowns on illegal migrants to help prevent Covid-19
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan has called on the Thai Army and relevant agencies, such as border patrols, to strictly crack down on any illegal migrants attempting to cross into the country to help prevent the possible spread of the Covid-19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Beware of dengue fever: 15 have died, over 25,000 infected
The Department of Disease Control has warned people to beware of dengue fever during this rainy season after more than 25,000 people caught the fever and 15 died.
— The Nation

Thai Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration concerned about Egyptian soldier testing positive in Rayong
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, reported a positive case of Covid-19 today, July 13, 2020, from an Egyptian soldier in Rayong and stated they are concerned about the case as the soldier reportedly visited public places despite being on quarantine.
— The Pattaya News

Rayong hotel where an infected Egyptian stayed partially closed
The provincial administration of Rayong province has ordered the quarantining of some staff at, and partial closure of the hotel where a member of an Egyptian military delegation, who was later found to be infected with COVID-19, stayed.
— Thai PBS News

Govt plans B100bn soft loans to help tourism, services
The government plans 100 billion baht of new soft loans to help small-and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in the tourist and services sector hit by the coronavirus pandemic, the finance minister said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

149 “illegal” resort buildings to be demolished on Mount Mon Jam
The Natural Resources and Environment Ministry is investigating encroachment of national forest land on Chiang Mai’s popular tourist attraction of Mount Mon Jam, the assistant to the ministry, Nopphadol Pholsen, said on Sunday (July 12).
— The Nation

3 new cases from repatriation flights and state quarantine-Covid-19 update (July 13)
Today, Thailand reports 3 new confirmed cases from people on repatriation flights and in state quarantine centres.
— The Thaiger

School Holds Class in Tents After Losing Funds in Pandemic
Students in the northeastern province of Maha Sarakham on Monday had to take their lessons in tents after their school’s funds were slashed due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials said.
— Khaosod English

New COVID-19 infections in Thailand are highly contagious G viral strain – Dr. Yong
The coronavirus strain, found among quarantined Thai returnees from abroad, is the mutated G strain, which has been spreading in the United States and Europe.
— Thai PBS News

Experts Denounce Religious Censorship on Modern Arts
A group of academics and experts told a Parliament committee on Monday that crackdowns on arts deemed inappropriate to Buddhism is a danger to Thailand’s creativity.
— Khaosod English

Rayong tourism industry dismayed by Egyptian saga
The tourism sector in Rayong has expressed concerns that the case of an Egyptian soldier who tested positive for Covid-19 will further damage their businesses and are urging authorities to help restore public confidence.
— Bangkok Post

Some Rayong schools closed Tuesday over COVID-19 Egyptian soldier
Six municipal schools and two nurseries in Thailand’s eastern province of Rayong are to be closed from tomorrow (Tuesday) until further notice, as a precautionary measure, after members of an Egyptian military delegation visited a mall and other venues in the province last week.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand tightens borders over fears of second wave of coronavirus
Thailand ordered security stepped up at its land borders on Monday after concerns surged over a possible second wave of coronavirus infections, following the arrests of thousands of illegal migrants in the past month.
— Reuters

9 year old girl from Sudan, relative of diplomat, positive with Covid-19, family investigated in Bangkok
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) revealed more details about a nine year old girl, a relative of a diplomat, who tested positive for Covid-19 over the weekend in Bangkok and is now being treated at a hospital.
— The Pattaya News

Suppression in Myanmar drives ‘ice’ into Thailand
Mountains of crystal methamphetamine or ice have been seized this year as a result of heavy suppression in Myanmar, causing an influx of the drug into Thailand, Office of Narcotic Control Board (ONCB) secretary-general Niyom Termsrisuk said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Parody of Thairath TV’s Uncanny Animation Goes Viral
Someone put an anime opening theme to animated reenactment of news stories by Thairath TV and the internet loved it.
— Khaosod English

Israel, Thailand Ink Deal to Import 25,000 Farm Workers
The Israeli and Thai governments signed on Monday an agreement to enable the arrival of 25,000 agricultural workers from Thailand to Israel, the Israeli foreign ministry said.
— Khaosod English

Over 130 foreign firms get green light to operate in Thailand
Some 134 foreign companies were allowed to conduct business in Thailand in the first half of 2020 under the Foreign Business Act BE 2542, said Wuttikrai Leeveeraphan, director-general of the Commerce Ministry’s Business Development Department.
— The Nation

Covid-19 cases trigger inquiry
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has been taking urgent measures after an Egyptian soldier confirmed to be infected with Covid-19 was found to have visited shopping malls in Rayong province.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand criticised for charging expats more
THE widespread practice of charging foreigners as much as 10 times what Thais pay at local tourist attractions has attracted much criticism.
— New Straits Times

Ginger, lemongrass, galangal may soon be listed as hazardous substances
Confused by the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry’s latest list of hazardous substances, which includes several Thai herbs, many farmers showed up in Bangkok to voice their concerns.
— The Nation

Meth floods back at end of lockdown
Crystal methamphetamine has now begun to flood into Thailand after the Myanmar authorities recently cracked down on narcotics production and the Covid-19 pandemic caused smuggling delays, according to the country’s drug tsar.
— Bangkok Post

District in Chiang Mai increases agricultural production to combat economic impact of COVID-19
Doi Tao District Office of Chiang Mai province is helping local producers increase agricultural output to combat the economic impact of COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

Listing of household herbs as hazardous substances leaves farmers perplexed
After being slammed by the farming community, the Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry has decided to remove 13 types of Thai herbs from the list of hazardous substances type 2.
— The Nation

NACC and MCOT move forward the fight against corruption and building of public awareness
Mr. Kematat Paladesh, President, MCOT Public Company Limited, and Mr. Warawit Sukboon, Secretary-General, National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC), recently signed “The Memorandum of Anti-Corruption Drive Cooperation Between MCOT and NACC”, at a meeting in room 601, Administration Building 1, MCOT Public Company Limited, Bangkok.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand plans to improve, upgrade airports
Thailand is planing to make improvements and upgrades of airports in some provinces, given a 5.8 billion baht (about 185.54 million U.S. dollars) funding, confirmed a senior government official on Monday.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand Proposes Rule Changes to Enable Hong Kong MRF
Thailand’s SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) is revising its rules in preparation to support the offering of mutual funds between Hong Kong and Thailand.
— Regulation Asia

Family of infected girl from Sudan investigated
The family of a nine-year-old girl found infected with Covid-19 are being investigated after they were not in state quarantine and required only to self-isolate.
— Bangkok Post

RRU teams up with hotels, digital businesses to produce trained workers for EEC
Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University (RRU) has joined hands with hotels and digital businesses to impart skills for workers in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) areas.
— The Nation

Ministry to prepare 50,000 new graduates for jobs in ‘new normal’
Digital Economy and Society Minister Buddhipongse Punnakanta said his ministry was working with the Federation of Thai Industries, the Thai Chamber of Commerce, the Thai Bankers Association and CAT Telecom to give new graduates new digital skills for professional life after Covid-19.
— The Nation

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

Swine breeders asked to limit prices
Department of Internal Trade (DIT) director-general Whichai Pochanakij has asked the Swine Raisers Association of Thailand to limit pig prices to Bt80 per kilogram. The present price is around Bt75 to Bt80 per kilogram.
— The Nation

Six months after Thailand’s first COVID case, Phuket holding strong, says island health chief
Six months since Thailand recorded its first confirmed case of a person infected with COVID-19, Phuket Provincial Health Office (PPHO) Chief Thanit Sermkaew today (July 13) said that efforts across the island to prevent the spread of the disease have worked well, but urged people to keep practicing the ‘new normal’ rules to help stave off a resurgence of the disease.
— The Phuket News

NESDC aims to see over 410,000 employed using Finance Ministry loan
The Office of the National Economics and Social Development Council (NESDC) is aiming to create employment for more than 410,000 people in a bid to develop community economies.
— The Nation

Thailand tourism board gets voting envy during election weekend, creates its own polling
The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) Singapore branch office has posted another election-related ad, this time in line with polling day on 10 July.
— Marketing

“Thailand’s Bruce Willis” EOD cop shoots himself dead in Udon Thani
A police captain, who was dubbed “Thailand’s Bruce Willis” because he looked like the Hollywood star, killed himself after an apparent drunken argument days earlier with his wife in an apartment at the police flats in Udon Thani’s Meuang district.
— The Nation

Expect cuts in subsidy, Thai League 1 clubs told
Football Association of Thailand (FAT) president Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang on Sunday admitted that finding a broadcaster to replace TrueVisions for the delayed Thai League 1 matches would not be easy.
— Bangkok Post

Indebted transport entrepreneur shoots self as virus crisis takes toll
In yet another case of suspected Covid-related suicide, a transport entrepreneur allegedly shot himself in the head at 1pm on Monday (July 13) as his wife looked on in horror.
— The Nation

Shores of Jomtien beach in Thailand’s Pattaya to be restored, filled with more sand
Shores of Jomtien beach in Thailand’s Pattaya will be restored and filled with more sand in order to preserve it as part of a major tourist attraction, said a senior government official on Monday.

This video has circulated in reports about the Thai king attending a celebration of the Prophet Muhammad’s birthday in April 2019
A video has been viewed hundreds of thousands of times in multiple posts on Facebook and YouTube alongside a claim it shows Thailand’s King Maha Vajiralongkorn chanting an Islamic invocation to get rid of coronavirus.
— AFP Fact Check (video)

Woman allegedly commits suicide by asphyxiation in Ayutthaya
After receiving a notification on Monday (July 13) morning, police showed up to find the charred body of a 49-year-old woman inside a Toyota car in Ayutthaya’s Bang Pa-in district.
— The Nation

Thailand Seeks to Limit Children’s Online Gaming Time
A renowned gamer, Chaniknan “Pi Wan” Thippairot, sparked outrage earlier this month as he told his gamer peers that the legislation would ban first-person shooter (FPS) game competition.
— Chiang Rai Times

Sereepisuth’s lawsuit against Sira dismissed
The Criminal Court on Monday dismissed a defamation lawsuit filed by Pol Gen Sereepisuth Temeeyaves, leader of the Seri Ruam Thai Party, against Sira Jenjakha, a Palang Pracharath Party MP, Nation Broadcasting Corporation, operator of Nation TV, and The Nation website.
— Bangkok Post

Home blood tests for elderly from next month
The elderly can have their blood tested at home from next month, in the latest telemedicine innovation aimed at reducing risk of Covid-19 and other infections.
— The Nation

NACC president led the Thai delegation to the 11th session of the Implementation Review Group
Police General Watcharapol Prasarnrajkit, President of the NACC, led the Thai delegation, NACC Secretary-General, NACC executives and representatives of the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC), to the 11th session of the Implementation Review Group of the United Nations Convention against Corruption (UNCAC) held in the virtual platform on 29 June 2020 at the Office of the NACC (Sanambinnam).
— Bangkok Post

Ang Thong house where “antiques” were found could be archaeological site dating back 3,000 years
Ang Thong Deputy Governor Pongphan Wichiansamut together with Assoc Prof Rasmi Shoocongdej from the Fine Arts Department visited a house where antiques were reportedly found yesterday (July 12) to see and check them.
— The Nation

Thailand set to begin human trials on Covid-19 vaccine in October, volunteers being selected in August and September
The Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University has been successful in testing the COVID-19 vaccine on monkeys and is going to begin human trials.
— The Pattaya News

Charity Hires Homeless of Bangkok to Keep City Clean
On Tuesday, dozens of homeless people will roll up their sleeves and get paid by cleaning the streets of Bangkok, thanks to an initiative funded by donations.
— Khaosod English

Activist Cages Himself to Protest Animal Captivity in Pandemic
The founder of an animal welfare organization is locking himself in a cage for a week to raise money for his effort to rescue caged animals during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Egyptian soldier tests positive for Covid-19 in Thailand
“The CCSA is asking anyone who thinks they may have had physical contact with an Egyptian soldier, should come forward for testing.”
— The Thaiger

Thai officials tracing anyone who may have been infected by Egyptian soldier
The CCSA is asking anyone who thinks they may have had physical contact with an Egyptian soldier, who was on a short visit to Thailand last week and later tested…
— Thai PBS News

Bangkok axe club strikes back at farang ‘dual pricing’
An axe-throwing club has joined the fray over jacked-up prices for foreigners by introducing its own dual-pricing scheme: farangs pay half.
— Coconuts Thailand

Cambodian accused of compatriot’s murder on fishing boat
A Cambodian crewman is accused of murdering a fellow national on a fishing boat off the southern province of Nakhon Si Thammarat in the Gulf of Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Master of Basil : Thai Street Food with a Social Impact
A few years ago, amidst a declining economy and rising costs of living, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha delivered an inspiring speech, addressing the situation. The Prime Minister simply reminded Thai people to find strength within, and observe the Sufficiency Economy Philosphy (SEP) as introduced by His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej The Great.
— Thailandtoday

Growing back better
The prolonged Covid-19 outbreak has caused widespread suffering as countries grapple with simultaneous health and socio-economic crises on an unprecedented scale.
— Bangkok Post

Here are the hotels where Thailand will pay 40% of the bill
A hastily built website listing the accommodations, restaurants and tourist attractions Thai travelers can get rebates for visiting is now online.
— Coconuts Thailand

Lottery winner showers Udon Thani with cash, gold for her birthday
A woman who won a massive lottery jackpot decided there would be no better way to celebrate her 48th birthday yesterday than dropping some of it onto her neighbors.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thai man dies of heart failure while in state quarantine
A 56 year old Thai national has died of a heart attack after being taken to a hospital from a state quarantine facility in the eastern province of Chon Buri.
— The Thaiger

Kew Green Hotels expands to Thailand
UK based hotel management firm Kew Green Hotels is expanding into the South East Asia market.
— TravelMole

Opposition party threatened with boycott over comments about “haircut” teacher
The president of The Association of Secondary School Administrators says the group will boycott the Kao Klai party unless one of its members apologises for comments he made about the teacher at the centre of the “ugly haircut” debacle.
— The Thaiger

Young doctor decapitated in accident
A young doctor died when his car crashed into the rear of a truck loaded with bamboo on Sunday night.
— Bangkok Post



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