Thailand morning news for July 22

Thailand morning news for July 22
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Another emergency extension to be proposed
A committee on lockdown easing will on Wednesday propose that the state of emergency be extended by another month to the end of August, citing increased uncertainty.
— Bangkok Post

Returning Thais asked to pay for quarantine expenses
Thai citizens returning to the country on repatriation flights have been urged to seek stays in alternative state quarantine facilities rather than the free government quarantine facilities as the cost of putting up returning citizens takes its toll in government finances.
— Sawadee Siam

How to return to Thailand
Around the world tens of thousands of foreigners who ordinarily reside in Thailand have been chomping at the bit trying to get home after inbound air travel was banned for non-Thai citizens in March.
— AEC News Today

PM finalises his reshuffle
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha says he has completed his new cabinet line-up and all that remains is for the qualifications of the new ministers to be checked.
— Bangkok Post

COVID-19 testing at Suvarnabhumi airport upgraded to increase efficiency
Thailand’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facility at Suvarnabhumi international airport, which is now capable of producing test results within 70 minutes.
— Thai PBS News

Candidates for central bank chief shortlisted
A screening committee has selected two finalists to head its central bank as the country grapples with its worst economic crisis ever.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves 3 projects worth Bt4bn to revive economy
The Cabinet today approved another three projects worth around Bt4 billion under the Bt400-billion budget earmarked to lift the battered economy.
— The Nation

MSDHS starts paying COVID-19 compensation for vulnerable populations
The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has indicated that the Comptroller General’s Department has started processing the COVID-19 compensation program for vulnerable populations who are entitled to receive a single payment of 3,000 baht.
— Newsline (video)

CCSA recommend an extension to the emergency decree in Thailand
It has been decided to extend the emergency decree beyond the end of July 31.
— The Thaiger

PM defends proposed extension of state of emergency
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Tuesday) defended a proposed extension of the state of emergency for another month, maintaining that such an extension has nothing to do with anti-government protests.
— Thai PBS News

Rice exports primed for decade-low
Thailand’s rice exports are likely to plunge to 6.5 million tonnes this year, the lowest in a decade, from an earlier projection of 7.5 million tonnes because of a spate of negative factors, says the Thai Rice Exporters Association.
— Bangkok Post

Cockle farmers given 15 days to dismantle ocean platforms
Owners of 176 roofed platforms built to guard illegal cockle farms in the waters of Bandon Bay have been given 15 days to dismantle them, or face legal action.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves visa amnesty Thailand extension until September 26th
The Thai cabinet has approved an extension to the visa amnesty, allowing foreigners on certain types of visas to remain in Thailand without any penalties…
— Sawadee Siam

Protesters start a hunger strike out the front of Government House
A group calling themselves the New Life Network is staging a hunger strike at the front of Government House, calling for PM Prayut Chan-o-Cha to stand down and dissolve parliament.
— The Thaiger

Medical professor recommends delay of travel bubble for at least 6 months
The travel bubble plan, which would allow small groups of foreign tourists to visit Thailand, should be shelved for at least another six months, because of the high-risk of COVID-19…
— Thai PBS News

Five new quarantined COVID-19 cases recorded today in Thailand
Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, all among those in quarantine after returning from abroad, as the CCSA decides to stop counting the days that Thailand is free from local infections, to focus on the capabilities of medical services to cope with new infections.
— Thai PBS News

Buri Ram school cleaner claims he was sacked for exposing a predatory teacher
A 50 year old former cleaner at a school in Buri Ram, north east Thailand, has come forward and told police he was sacked 4 months ago because “he knew too much about a teacher”, who was an alleged sexual predator.
— The Thaiger

Investors urge government to avoid economic policy vacuum
Business leaders and investors are urging the government to pick a new economic team as soon as possible to help steer the Thai economy through the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

BOT Forecasts 8 Million Foreign Visitors in 2020, Down 80%
Thailand’s central bank has forecast only an estimated 8 million foreign visitors in Thailand this year, down 80 percent from last year’s record number of 39.8 million, according to the Bank of Thailand (BoT) governor Veerathai Santiprabhob.
— Khaosod English

Group calls for easy education visa access
The Association of Private School for Non-Formal Education is seeking a relaxation of visa restrictions for foreign teachers and students in the kingdom, including those who are waiting to enter the country.
— Bangkok Post

Fly Thai direct to London with 3 special flights in August 2020
Passengers with a ticket for the Bangkok-London route or travel voucher can reserve a seat at THAI Contact Center 0 2356 1111.
— Bangkok Post

Student activists refuse to back down despite police threats
Police have issued a warning to anti-government protesters who rallied outside the Royal Thai Army headquarters on Monday (July 20), saying they had violated the Communicable Disease Act and Road Traffic Act.
— The Nation

Thailand, U.S. to promote fundraising for infrastructure
Thailand’s cabinet on Tuesday approved a draft framework for cooperation with the United States to promote fundraising for infrastructure projects via capital markets, a government official said.
— Reuters

Covid-19 tests negative for 7,144 people in Rayong, Bangkok
A total of 7,144 people who were in places visited by an infected Egyptian serviceman in Rayong and the infected daughter of a Sudanese diplomat in Bangkok have tested negative for Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry tells accommodations no price gouging with Government subsidy campaign
The Ministry of Finance has asked hotels and accommodations taking part in the Rao Thiew Duay Kan tourism subsidy campaign of the government NOT to engage in price gouging.
— Newsline (video)

Court upholds sentences for destroying referendum ballot in 2016
The Supreme Court on Tuesday upheld the suspended four-month jail sentences and fines given to three people involved in tearing up a ballot paper during the 2016 referendum on the draft constitution, which was enacted in 2017.
— Bangkok Post

Railways unions oppose private investment in Red Line
Railway unions have opposed a public-private partnership (PPP) plan to construct Red Line links from Bang Sue to Rangsit and Bang Sue to Taling Chan.
— The Nation

Prayut warns against violating palace
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned young protesters against violating the monarchy and urged them to bring their concerns to Parliament.
— Bangkok Post

Ministers handed caretaker roles after Cabinet resignations
The Cabinet today assigned existing ministers to temporarily oversee posts left vacant by the resignation of ministers.
— The Nation

Prayut promises his new Cabinet will only have capable people
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday (July 21) that he will only have capable people fill the vacant ministerial posts.
— The Nation

Ranong’s 2 ports set for B41.8m refit
The Port Authority of Thailand (PAT) plans to spend 41.8 million baht upgrading Ranong’s two ports as part of a plan to improve land and sea transport connections between Thailand and Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Myanmar, Nepal and Bhutan.
— Bangkok Post

Board of Investment’s New Campaign Highlights Thailand’s Resilience
The Thailand Board of Investment (BOI) has unveiled a new 2020 campaign, titled “Think Resilience, Think Thailand”, to showcase the country’s tested strengths and reinforce its status as the region’s prime investment destination.
— PRNewswire (media release)

Migrant workers in Thailand at risk of abuse amid economic slowdown
Thailand is a regional leader in attracting migrant workers, especially from Myanmar and Cambodia.
— Asean Today

E-vehicles to power Bt14.4bn transport network in EEC
Electric vehicles (EVs) will serve the three provinces of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) in a project that will cost around Bt14.4 billion.
— The Nation

Cabinet boosts weekday tourism vouchers to Bt900/night
The Cabinet today agreed to improve the “Rao Tiew Duay Kan” (We Travel Together) domestic tourism scheme by increasing the value of weekday accommodation vouchers from Bt600 to Bt900 per day, to encourage travel between Monday and Thursday.
— The Nation

Demand slumps for Thai rice due to drought, pandemic
Thailand has been relatively successful at handling the coronavirus pandemic so far, with 3,000 confirmed cases.
— Aljazeera (video)

Water reserves at 4 dams fall to ‘critical’
Authorities might not be able to supply water to farmers in the Central Plains again next year, as water levels at four major dams in the region have dropped to critical levels, the Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Unlicensed hotels in line for stimulus
The cabinet on Tuesday gave the go-ahead for unlicensed hotels to join the We Travel Together tourism stimulus campaign and for expanded subsidies on services or goods bought by travellers during four working days (Monday-Thursday).
— Bangkok Post

Strict criterion set for 20 products, including cat breeding
The National Bureau of Agricultural Commodity and Food Standards is finalising the benchmark for 20 agricultural products that farmers will have to follow, Deputy Agriculture and Cooperative Minister Praphat Phothasuthon said on Tuesday (July 21).
— The Nation

Industry Ministry pushes to boost production of top quality hemp fibre
The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) has been tasked with coming up with innovative machinery for research and production of hemp fibre in line with international standards now that the market for it has grown at 5 per cent yearly.
— The Nation

Labour abuse fears rise for Thai migrant workers in Israel
Thai agricultural workers in Israel will be at greater risk of labour abuses under a new partnership between the governments, advocates said, voicing concerns that the United Nations migration agency (IOM) would no longer oversee the process.
— Bangkok Post

Swine Farmers Association to sell pork at Bt130 per kg
The National Swine Farmers Association has organised a fair called “Pork against Covid” to sell fresh pork at Bt130 per kilogram, president Wiwat Phongwiwatthanachai said.
— The Nation

Treasury Department reclaiming unused land
The Treasury Department plans to pull some unused state lands managed by government agencies into its own oversight to increase their value.
— Bangkok Post

Education Ministry opens sexual assault victims protection center
The Ministry of Education has launched a center for ‘sexual assault victims protection’ to proactively suppress sexual assaults in educational institutions.
— Newsline (video)

Troops being brought home under strict measures
General Nattapon Srisawat, special adviser to the Royal Thai Army, said the 151 Thai soldiers who had gone to Hawaii to participate in the Lightning Forge 2020 training programme will be returning home on Wednesday.
— The Nation

“Finally more supply of young Thai coconuts on an empty market”
The supply of young coconuts from Thailand has been very limited in recent weeks.
— Fresh Plaza

Early restart likely to avert TV rights crisis
The league season could resume earlier than its scheduled restart in September, the Football Association of Thailand said yesterday (July 21).
— The Phuket News

Gold approaches 9-year peak
Gold prices on Tuesday climbed to a nearly nine-year high as investors continued to seek refuge in the precious metal as a safe haven amid surging Covid-19 infections worldwide.
— Bangkok Post

Buri Ram locals rally against predatory teachers
More than 100 residents of Nang Rong district in Buri Ram province gathered on Monday (July 20) to protest against teachers who allegedly raped students.
— The Nation

‘Sean’ breaks silence over wildfire fund
Embattled social media influencer and life coach Sean Buranahiran reported to police on Tuesday and denied accusations made against him over alleged mismanagement of donated funds.
— Bangkok Post

Special Update: Homeless living in abandoned beer bars in Pattaya visited by social welfare officials
A large group of homeless people living in abandoned beer bar complexes in South Pattaya were visited by social welfare officials today.
— The Pattaya News

Woman Accuses Emergency Operator of Mocking Call for Help
A woman in Ratchaburi province on Tuesday said she called an emergency hotline to seek help for her dying father, only to be mocked by the operator who hung up on her.
— Khaosod English

Man Gets Jail Time for Ripping Charter Referendum Ballot
Three men who participated in a symbolic protest against the junta-sponsored charter referendum in 2016 were sentenced to four months in prison by a court on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Tourism minister says he’ll punish hotels price-gouging during “We Travel Together”
Hotel operators around Thailand will face being “delisted” and fined if they are found to be raising hotel room rates under the new stimulus campaign being rolled out by the Thai government, called “We Travel Together”.
— The Thaiger

45 more Cambodian illegal immigrants caught in Sa Kaeo province
Following the arrest of 14 Cambodian traders working without a permit at Rong Kluea market and other illegal immigrants apprehended at borders around Thailand, the Burapha Taskforce has announced the arrest of 45 Cambodian nationals in Sa Kaeo province.
— Sawadee Siam

Army to spend 1.35 billion baht on new aircraft
The Royal Thai Army is eyeing a purchase of an aircraft worth 1.35 billion baht in the 2021 fiscal year, an insider from the Army Transportation Department stated on Monday.
— Sawadee Siam

Parina vs. Mariya: MP Attacks Pageant Queen For Supporting Protests
A ruling coalition MP on Tuesday denounced a beauty pageant winner for expressing solidarity with anti-government protests that broke out over the weekend.
— Khaosod English

Government announces 3,000 baht payment for elderly, infant, disabled population
The Thai government has pledged to provide a 3,000 baht Covid-19 handout to the country’s elderly, infant, and disabled citizens.
— The Thaiger

Veteran actor’s son broke bad to Tweet meth to Bangkok: police
These past months have been hard for many, so much so that a respected screen actor’s son returned to a life of crime – according to the police.
— Coconuts Thailand

Nearly 80% of Thai prisoners able to find jobs following training during detention
The Thai Corrections Department is considering using foreign prisoners to teach English to other prisoners as part of their occupational training.
— The Thaiger

Woman survives horrific collision into road construction in Banglamung
A woman was knocked unconscious but survived after her vehicle crashed into a road construction area in the Pong sub-district at high speed yesterday.
— The Pattaya News

‘Beep, beep,’ emergency operator said to daughter of dying man before hanging up on her
Pronrawin Ongpisut was at her dying father’s side trying to get help when her third call to an emergency hotline went through only for the operator to respond with a mocking “beep, beep” and hang up on her.
— Coconuts Thailand

11 arrested following Samut Prakan hospital riots
Police have captured and arrested 11 men involved in a gang fight in Samut Prakan on Sunday, which spilled into two hospitals, causing destruction and damage, and resulting in the death of one and injuries to others.
— Sawadee Siam

As fears of pandemic ebb, students return to the streets
In defiance of the state of emergency which has been in force for nearly four months, thousands showed up last Saturday for the biggest anti-government demonstration since COVID-19 hit the country, with related Facebook pages getting more than half a million followers. The event’s hashtag top-trended on social media.
— Thai PBS News



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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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2 Responses to "Thailand morning news for July 22"

  1. Kevin   July 27, 2020 at 4:49 am

    Hi i wonder if you have any idea when international flights to thailand ,will resume as wont to see my wife but not on a repat flight thankyou kevin

    • Editor   July 27, 2020 at 8:19 am

      Hello Kevin,

      Thank you for reading. We appreciate your anguish. Commercial flights to Thailand are realistically not likely until very late this year or next year. Inbound passenger numbers are limited by testing capacity and quarantine capacity, while outbound flights are subject to Australia’s restrictions, which largely make flights uneconomical unless expensive fares are charged. It is unlikely given the new community transmission in Vietnam that Thailand will ease the entry requirements any time soon, while their priority currently is returning Thai citizens stranded overseas.

      We’re sorry we don’t have better news. This is based on what we have been hearing from our Thailand government contacts.


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