Thailand morning news for July 23

Thailand morning news for July 23
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Thailand to be a star player in Covid success story docos
The World Health Organization (WHO) has chosen Thailand and New Zealand for its documentaries on successful models of handling and curbing Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Emergency decree extended
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Wednesday approved the extension of the emergency decree for another month until Aug 31.
— Bangkok Post

End of Hopewell saga – Thai state to pay ฿24 billion compensation
The over twenty year long legal battle surrounding the Hopewell Project has come to a close after Thailand’s Supreme Administrative Court upheld the Central Administrative Court’s decision to reject a petition, by the Transport Ministry and the State Railway of Thailand (SRT), for a retrial.
— Thai PBS News

Exim Bank downgrades export outlook
Exports are expected to fall by 8-10% this year as the coronavirus pandemic hits global demand, the Export-Import Bank of Thailand said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket set to launch B3bn medical plan
Phuket is proposing a medical tourism plan with a budget of 3 billion baht.
— Bangkok Post

After court rejects petition to free dissident, he is released from mental hospital
A government psychiatric hospital unexpectedly released a dissident late today after spending nearly two weeks there.
— Isaan Record

Thailand could fall to world’s third largest rice exporter this year
Thailand could drop to the world’s third largest rice exporter, after Vietnam and India, due to a prolonged drought, which has affected rice output, and the strength of the baht currency.
— Thai PBS News

Government says Emergency Decree extension won’t ban protests
Although the Emergency Decree was officially extended again today, through the end of August, the government says political gatherings and rallies won’t be banned.
— The Thaiger

Thai FDA issues revised pesticide residues monitoring measures on fresh produce
On July 15, the Thai FDA issues its revised pesticide residues monitoring measures on fresh produce that will be implemented on August 1, 2020.
— Fresh Plaza

Thailand records six new COVID-19 cases as state of emergency is extended
Thailand today (Wednesday) recorded six new COVID-19 infections, all among returnees from abroad in state quarantine, as the CCSA decides to extend the state of emergency for another month, until…
— Thai PBS News

Smugglers’ route revealed, Myanmar illegals caught
Eighteen Myanmar nationals were arrested for illegal entry, along with a Thai helper, in Sangkhlaburi border district of this western border province on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thousands of foreigners to be allowed entry
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has approved the entry of foreign business reps, specialists, diplomats, migrant workers, exhibitors, film crews, medical tourists and Thailand Elite card members.
— Bangkok Post

310 out of 50,000 repatriates tested positive for Covid-19: minister
Thailand’s foreign affairs minister has reported to the Senate that full assistance is being provided to Thai nationals stranded overseas due to the Covid-19 world pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Anti-dictatorship protesters show hope, determination
Thai people came out to protest against dictatorship because they have been through enough with the problems and injustices that occurred under Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha’s administration.
— Prachatai English

Thai rice exporters cut 2020 forecast to 6.5 million tonnes, lowest in 20 years
Thailand’s rice exporters association has slashed its forecast for 2020 exports to 6.5 million tonnes, the lowest volume in two decades, owing to drought and a strong baht currency, its executives said on Wednesday (Jul 22).

Thailand’s Covid task force to make preparations in event of “second wave”
The spokesman for Thailand’s Covid-19 task force. Dr. Taweesin, says the government is making sure it’s ready to handle any potential second wave of the virus.
— The Thaiger

Pulling mask down to chin can be dangerous: Public Health Ministry
In a Facebook post on Tuesday (July 21), the Public Health Ministry issued a warning against pulling the face mask down to the chin, even temporarily, as the mask could collect germs from the unprotected neck area and transfer them via the nose and mouth when the mask is pulled back up.
— The Nation

Freeland To Tackle Zoonotic Viral Outbreaks From The Root—Wildlife Trafficking
Freeland, an international counter-trafficking organisation based in Thailand, has a crucial message regarding the climate of zoonotic (animal to human viral) outbreaks.
— Thailand Tatler (video)

Thai Chamber of Commerce warns of economic threats from protests
With the COVID-19 pandemic having devastating effects on the economy, the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has warned that recent protests by youth movements could increase the risks to the economy, with the annual economic performance this year now expected to shrink by 8-10 percent.
— Thailand Business News

Thai int’l airport capable of quickly producing COVID-19 test results
Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) said on Wednesday that the Ministry of Public Health’s Disease Control Department (DCD) has upgraded its COVID-19 testing facility at the Suvarnabhumi international airport.
— Xinhuanet

No ban on public gatherings under extended emergency: CCSA
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will propose to the Cabinet next week that the state of emergency be extended by a month from the end of this month, but there should be no prohibition on public gatherings, National Security Council’s secretary-general General Somsak Rungsita said on Wednesday (July 22).
— The Nation

Drought strangling 4,000 rai of rice in Pichit, farmers plead for help
A massive 4,000 rai of rice in Pichit is dying due to the prolonged drought, forcing farmers to demand that the government create artificial rain to tackle the problem immediately.
— The Nation

Cabinet approves income compensation program for workers insured under Section 33
The Cabinet has approved an income compensation program for workers insured under Section 33 of the Social Security Act, who have made contributions for less than six months.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand to let in labourers to ease shortage
Faced with labour shortage in construction and agriculture, Thailand has agreed to let in about 120,000 migrant workers from Myanmar, Cambodia and Laos in the next phase of easing coronavirus restrictions.
— Outlook

Parliament ‘must engage protesters’
Political parties on Wednesday urged parliament to engage student activists protesting against the government in a process organised in such a way to allow them to communicate their concerns.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers rally for use of banned chemicals
A group of about 30 farmers on Wednesday rallied in Bangkok, calling for the government to revise its ban on the use of paraquat and chlorpyrifos in agriculture.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet shake-up now in PM’s hands
The Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) will leave the final decision on who gets what in the cabinet reshuffle to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, key members said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Four types of foreigners to be allowed to enter Thailand: CCSA
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) has in principle approved the sixth phase of lifting restrictions on some groups of foreigners, but is waiting for detailed guidelines on disease prevention from related ministries before an effective date can be announced.
— The Nation

Dim prospects for employment recovery in latter half
The impact of Covid-19 continues to wreak havoc among businesses, with job recruitment firms facing a sharp drop in client lists amid dim prospects for an employment recovery in the second half of 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Prayut’s warning doesn’t faze youth groups planning to continue protests
Youth groups across the country have voiced their intention to continue holding anti-government protests, while Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said they may be violating the law.
— The Nation

Tourism Council of Thailand warns of operators fleeing sector
Tourism-related businesses are at a tipping point after more than 30% of them have exited the market, with many set to follow, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand (TCT).
— Bangkok Post

Foreigners arriving in Thailand in now increasing numbers targeted by a fake news campaign online
Foreigners are arriving in Thailand in increasing numbers through a controlled process operated by Thai embassies worldwide and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Bangkok.

Luxury Phuket hotels eyed as alterative quarantine options
Fourteen five-star hotels in Phuket have put their names forward as alternative state quarantine options and two – Anantara Mai Khao Phuket Villas and Trisara Hotel – have passed the Public Health Ministry’s criteria.
— The Nation

Chinese patients queue to enter Thailand despite COVID curbs
More than 300 Chinese travelers eagerly await a visit to Thailand for the kingdom’s “medical and wellness program,” despite facing three coronavirus tests, two weeks of quarantine and 500,000 baht ($15,800) in costs just to enter the country.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand prepares to assume APEC Chair 2022
Thailand has hosted the first Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Focus Group (AFG) meeting as the country prepares to assume the APEC Chair in 2022, the Bangkok Post reported on July 22.
— Vietnamplus

SET down 1.45% despite news of EU rescue package
The Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) Index closed today (July 22) at 1,357.04, down 19.96 points or 1.45 per cent.
— The Nation

Thailand, Taiwan risk entering US watchlist for currency manipulation: UBS
Thailand and Taiwan may be added to the US watchlist for currency manipulation after meeting all of the criteria set out by the Treasury Department, according to UBS Group.
— Bangkok Post

Chatbots, motorbikes: Southeast Asia HIV centres adapt to coronavirus
Five days after a coronavirus lockdown was imposed in Manila, charity LoveYourself hired 20 former motorcycle taxi riders, gave them a crash course on HIV and sent them off to deliver life-saving medication after signing confidentiality agreements.
— Reuters

British Chamber of Commerce Thailand reaches out to support Eastern Seaboard businesses
The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) has a long history of engagement with Eastern Seaboard businesses.
— Pattaya Mail

Education Ministry to open Sufficiency Economy Family center at schools
The Ministry of Education has reached an agreement with the Foundation Of Sufficiency Economy Family (FOSEF) to open the Sufficiency Economy Family center at schools, promoting the Sufficiency Economy Philosophy among students.
— Newsline (video)

Rallies won’t spread Covid-19 if precautions taken: expert
Citing the many “Black Lives Matter” protests across the world, Chulalongkorn University scientist Jessada Denduangboripant said so far there is no evidence that demonstrations spread Covid-19.
— The Nation

Thailand: Optimism In Deep South Despite Spike In Violence And Covid Crisis – Analysis
Despite an intensive outbreak of Covid-19 infection clusters within the Thai Deep South, and a sudden spike in violent attacks by separatists, the region continues to display strong economic vibrancy.
— Eurasia Review

Residents want to keep Si Quey’s ashes
Residents of Thap Sakae district in Prachuap Khiri Khan, once home to renowned serial killer Si Quey, will ask the authorities to keep his ashes at a temple in the province.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok’s elevated Pink Line to open in Sept, 2021
Despite construction delays, the elevated MRTA Pink Line between Khae Rai and Min Buri will begin operating in September 2021, aiming for 200,000 passengers per day.
— The Nation

Commerce Ministry to hold Thai arts and crafts event
The Prime Minister has invited members of the public to visit a Thai arts and crafts event that will be held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Nonthaburi province from August 1 – 5, in an effort to boost the ailing economy affected by the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

Masterplan to protect Phuket water
Phuket province is considering a raft of measures to combat a dwindling water supply caused by changing rain patterns and a rising number of visitors.
— Bangkok Post

Commerce Ministry warns customers to only buy gold from trusted dealers
The Ministry of Commerce has warned against gold counterfeiting, as the price of gold is in the vicinity of 28,000 baht per one baht gold.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand 4.0? A digital recovery powered by 5G
Businesses and consumers in Thailand can look forward to more innovations and transformative trends to form in local industries, driven by 5G networking capabilities as part of the country’s Thailand 4.0 economic stimulus plan.
— Tech Wire Asia

Prawit Nominated to Lead Interior Ministry, Just Before Local Voting
The ruling Phalang Pracharat Party on Tuesday formally nominated its new party leader Gen. Prawit Wongsuwan as the Interior Minister for the upcoming Cabinet reshuffle.
— Khaosod English

Cabinet approves acting ministers to take vacant portfolios
Pending the announcement of its new lineup, the Cabinet has assigned some ministers to serve concurrently as acting ministers for the vacant portfolios.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand’s covid-19 tracing apps spark controversy over questionable data-keeping and user agreements
A Singapore-based cybersecurity firm has raised alarms over Thailand’s covid-19 tracking apps, citing overboard user permissions and a lack of transparency in the terms and conditions.
— Sawadee Siam

More students join wave of anti-government protests
Students at Walailak University organized a flashmob on Tuesday 21 July in support of the Free Youth Movement, while a group of students organized a ‘garden viewing’ event at the Democracy Monument.
— Prachatai English

Thailand facing foreign teacher shortage as group requests visa relaxation measures
Schools in Thailand face a shortage of foreign teachers due to the covid-19 pandemic, disrupting classes across the education sector at many levels and leading to calls for the Thai government to assist both international students and teachers in obtaining proper visas and entry into the country.
— Sawadee Siam

Education Ministry encourages students to speak out against sexual abuse
Thailand’s Education Ministry has launched a program aimed to prevent sexual harassment in academic institutions. Announced on Monday, June 20th, the initiative is termed “Student Protection and Help Centre.”
— Sawadee Siam

Thai Cabinet endorses multiple projects to help create tens of thousands of new jobs
After the government approved seven economic restoration projects, with a combined budget of 400 billion baht, the Cabinet yesterday endorsed three more projects, with a combined budget of 4 billion baht, to help create 39,000 more jobs.
— The Pattaya News

NACC finds Yingluck abused authority in infrastructure roadshow
The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) has found grounds to the accusation that former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra and two other former officials committed offences and abused their authority by rolling out a roadshow campaign to publicise infrastructure development projects in 2013.
— Bangkok Post

“Priceless” ancient manuscripts vanish from university, feared stolen and sold
“Hundreds” of priceless historical manuscripts have been stolen from the Arts and Cultural Centre of the Nakhon Si Thammarat Rabhabhat University.
— The Thaiger

Isaan students say they’ll defy protest ban
Students at Isaan’s Mahasarakham University say they’re going ahead with a planned anti-government rally despite a ban from the institution.
— The Thaiger

Students to Stage More Anti-Prayut Rallies Across Thailand
Protests against the government and its emergency powers in the coronavirus pandemic are set to continue for the fifth day on Wednesday, and many more are scheduled across the country throughout this week.
— Khaosod English

Tourism sector facing massive closures
Thailand’s tourism sector, long seen as a lifeline for the nation’s battered economy, is in a meltdown; more than 30% of tourism-related businesses have left the market with many more expected to follow, according to the Tourism Council of Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok police seize fake drugs, cosmetics, supplements in factory raid
Police and officers of the Food and Drug Administration seized 119 items made using hazardous substances and sporting fake labels in a raid on an illegal factory near Bangkok’s Pratunam intersection.
— The Thaiger

Nonthaburi immigration officers suspended for taking bribes
Two immigration officers working at the Nonthaburi Immigration office have been suspended pending an investigation following a viral video showing the officials requesting money to speed up a visa application.
— Sawadee Siam

Sudden downpour floods Pattaya’s main roads
More rain in Pattaya today brining flooding to some of the ‘usual’ spots and affecting traffic.
— The Thaiger

Hunger striker: ‘If you can’t do it, get out.’
A student staging a hunger strike in front of Government House since July 20 are demanding social welfare and solutions for unemployment and economic problems.
— Prachatai English

21 arrested after Myanmar shaman orders rescue mission
Twenty-one ethnic Karen people have been apprehended for sneaking into Thailand on the orders of their village shaman to rescue his friend from jail and take him back to Myanmar.
— Bangkok Post

6 escaped buffalo rescued by Buddhist nun
6 buffalo who broke loose from a Bangkok slaughterhouse and onto city streets this morning will be saved by a nun who owns a farm for rescued farm animals.
— The Thaiger

Police hunt ‘serial rapist’ preying on Lumphini Park sex workers
Police today are still searching for a bronze-grey Volkswagen van allegedly used by a serial rapist in an abduction and murder near Lumphini Park.
— Coconuts Thailand

Chiang Mai eatery fined for alcohol promotion
A Chiang Mai restaurant is warning other eateries to be very careful about promoting alcohol after being raided and fined.
— The Thaiger

95th Thai-China Joint Patrol on Mekong River Kicks Off
Law-enforcement authorities from China, Laos, Myanmar and Thailand joined forces on Tuesday for the start of the 95th Mekong River joint patrol.
— Khaosod English

Thai travelers should get more cash back for weekday trips: TAT
Traveling Thailand, especially on weekdays, may get a lot happier as the government considers paying people more for hotel stays.
— Coconuts Thailand

Student protest puts Pheu Thai into perspective
Imagine a full-strength Pheu Thai smelling blood and firing on all cylinders against a government reeling from the “VIP” scandal related to COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News



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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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