Thailand morning news for July 8

Thailand morning news for July 8
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Q1 household debt at 80% of GDP, highest in 4 years
Thailand’s household debt level to gross domestic product (GDP) rose slightly to 80.1% in the first quarter, the highest level in four years.
— Bangkok Post

TNSC sees 10% export drop
Thai shippers have downgraded the country’s export outlook to a 10% contraction, deeper than the previous forecast of an 8% drop, with the finger pointed at the coronavirus crisis and the strong baht.
— Bangkok Post

GDP Expected to Shrink by 10% in Virus-Stricken 2020
A major bank said the Thai GDP may shrink by as much as 10.3 percent this year due to economic woes caused by the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

73,000 farmers to receive Covid-19 aid on appeal
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will on Wednesday transfer Covid-19 financial aid to some 73,000 farmers who have passed the appeal review process, said a top agricultural official.
— Bangkok Post

“Taweesilp is Alarmed as Survey Reveals Thais Relaxed about the Risk of Viruses”
On Monday, the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) warned that there is still a risk of new Covid-19 infections, citing more than 3,000 illegal migrant workers being caught trying to sneak into Thailand.
— The Asian Affairs

Ministers to push help for SMEs
A full meeting of economic ministers will be held on Friday to discuss ways to revitalise the economy battered by Covid-19, with measures to help more than 3 million small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) high on the agenda, a senior government official said.
— Bangkok Post

‘Travel bubbles’ plan tipped to be put on ice
Travel bubbles are likely to be delayed after several countries eyed for the scheme have seen a resurgence of Covid-19 cases, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
— Bangkok Post

MP seeks support for anti-torture bill
A Move Forward Party list-MP has called on all lawmakers to back a bill outlawing torture and forced disappearances, saying the proposed law would help raise human rights standards in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand marks two year anniversary of Tham Luang cave rescue of a young football team and their coach
Twelve young footballers and their coach were trapped inside a cave system in Chiang Rai province two years ago, leading to an extraordinary rescue mission by an international rescue team.
— The Pattaya News

Shippers cut 2020 export outlook from -8% to -10%
Thailand’s exports are expected to shrink 10% this year, deeper than the previous forecast of an 8% drop, due to the coronavirus pandemic and the strength of the baht currency, a shipping association said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

No new COVID-19 infections reported in Thailand on Tuesday
Not a single COVID-19 infection, or related fatality, has been recorded in Thailand today (Tuesday), according to the CCSA.
— Thai PBS News

Their majesties grant biosafety mobile units to collect COVID-19 test specimens
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua and Her Majesty Queen Suthida Bajarasudhabimalakshana, this week granted an audience to Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister, Anutin Charnvirakul, the Permanent Secretary for Public Health, Dr. Sukhum Sukhum Kanchanapimai, and related officials.

PETA accused of cultural racism and double-standards
US-based animal rights protection group PETA has been accused of double standards and cultural racism after it claimed that the use of monkeys in harvesting coconuts in Thailand is cruel, and its call to ban Thai coconut products.
— Thai PBS News

Dr. Thanarak Plipat says Thai people are inviting the return of COVID-19
Thai people are becoming less concerned about the prospect of a second wave of COVID-19 infections and may actually be encouraging the return of the contagion, said Dr. Thanarak Plipat, Deputy Director-General of Thailand’s Disease Control Department.
— Thai PBS News

Thai teacher gives “ugly” haircut as punishment for student’s long hair
A Thai teacher has reportedly angered a student’s mother after cutting her daughter’s hair when she showed up to school with long hair which, until recently, was against government school rules.
— The Thaiger

Finance Minister orders Excise Department to launch tax measures to help labor
The COVID-19 pandemic has ground the world economy to a halt, affecting employment, agriculture and exports.

Blood Centre all set to produce serum from plasma to treat Covid-19 patients
The National Blood Centre is ready to produce serum from plasma to treat Covid-19 patients, Chulalongkorn University expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan said yesterday (July 6).
— Tha Nation

Drought hits Sirikit Dam water capacity
Water in Sirikit Dam, the country’s largest dam, is running low due to the drought.
— Tha Nation

Thailand and Laos Governments Target Drug Syndicates at Borders
Thailand Narcotics Control Board has sought help from Laos to step up efforts against drug syndicates along the Thai-Lao border.
— Chiang Rai Times

Study widens insight into illicit ivory trade in Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam
Ivory trade is rife on social media in Indonesia, Thailand and Viet Nam says a TRAFFIC study which found thousands of ivory items in trade during a month in 2016, and in a 2019 update.

Firms advised to shun lay-offs, think long-term
Companies should avoid lay-offs for the sake of short-term profit as they could be stuck with huge pension liabilities for their laid-off workers, while having to rehire more staff to deal with an expected economic rebound in the second half of the year, says human resources consultancy Mercer Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Tax breaks to ease coronavirus stress
The Finance Ministry is offering sales tax reductions and a short-term tax break for certain businesses to help them cope better with the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

How to Take Advantage of New Incentives in Thailand’s Medical Industry
In late April 2020, Thailand’s Board of Investment (BOI) issued new incentives for the manufacturing of medical equipment, and to encourage more investments into the sector.
— Asean Briefing

Thailand’s rubber industry faces gloomy outlook
Thailand’s natural rubber industry is likely to remain depressed this year despite a sharp rise in demand for protective rubber gloves driven by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Vietnamplus

Excise dept eases tax burden on five businesses
The Excise Department is set to issue nine new regulations to adjust excise collection in five businesses amid the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Nation

Ban on monkey-picked coconut products in UK won’t hurt: shippers’ council
The Thai National Shippers’ Council appears to be unfazed by the so-called ban on Thai coconut products in the West, saying getting monkeys to pick the fruit is a tradition in Southeast Asian countries.
— The Nation

Thailand offers suggestions on protecting Mekong River from dam construction
Thailand has offered suggestions to Laos on protecting countries downstream of the Mekong River from the proposed construction of the Luang Prabang Dam Hydropower in Luang Prabang Province.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand deports over 100 Myanmar nationals in one week for illegal entry
Thai authorities reportedly deported over 100 Myanmar nationals in one week after arresting them for illegal entry by crossing Mae Sai creek.
— Mizzima News

PM Prayut asks travelers to stay safe during holiday break
The Prime Minister has asked travelers during the holiday break to continue taking precautions against COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

From Singapore to Thailand, why are political sibling rivalries such a huge draw?
Indonesian politician Rachmawati Sukarnoputri, 69, comes from a family of two presidents.
— South China Morning Post

New drainage plan mulled
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has said he will look into a water-management proposal focusing on efforts to prevent flooding in Bangkok and five surrounding provinces, said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Minister instructs Excise Department to help labor, business sectors
The Finance Minister has instructed the Excise Department to implement tax measures to prevent unemployment and business closures triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Depa proposes 100 smart cities
The Digital Economy Promotion Agency (Depa) has set an ambitious goal to turn 100 cities nationwide into smart cities in two years to improve the economy and quality of life in line with the 20-year national strategy plan.
— Bangkok Post

PM wants Memorial Bridge to be repaired so it can become a landmark
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Department of Rural Roads to improve the structure of Phra Phuttha Yodfa Bridge (Memorial Bridge) so it can be used to facilitate water logistics and become one of Bangkok’s landmarks, director-general Pathom Chaloeywares said.
— Tha Nation

Calls grow for budget refocus
The opposition will attempt to scale back funds earmarked for non-essential construction projects as well as defence spending during scrutiny of the 3.3-trillion-baht fiscal 2021 budget bill which passed its first reading in the House on Friday night.
— Bangkok Post

Palang Pracharath MPs gather public complaints in Nong Chok
Six members of parliament (MPs) representing the ruling Palang Pracharath Party have visited Nong Chok district in Bangkok to establish an understanding with residents affected by the weir construction project.
— Newsline (video)

More hotels being added to “We Travel Together” scheme to attract tourists
More hotels would be included this month in the Rao Tiew Dauy Kan (We Travel Together) scheme, with promotions to lure tourists.
— Tha Nation

Mixed results in UN report on HIV fight
Around 50% of the 5,400 new HIV infections recorded in the country last year were among young people aged 15-24 years old, according to information presented by UNAIDS’ regional director for Asia and the Pacific.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s Gulf Energy buys 50% stake in German wind farm for about $631 million
Gulf Energy Development Pcl said on Tuesday it acquired a 50% stake in a German offshore wind farm for about 558 million euros ($631.10 million) in the latest overseas investment by Thailand’s second-largest power producer.
— Reuters

Survey Shows Thais Too Relaxed About Covid-19 Coronavirus Risk
Thailand’s health department warned on Monday that there was still a risk of new Covid-19 infections. Citing the fact that more than 3,000 illegal migrant workers have been caught trying to sneak into Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand transport readied for returning vacationers
The Transport Ministry has prepared public transport services to bring holidaymakers back to Bangkok.
— Pattaya Mail

Rare pheasant, seen only twice in last 50 years, appears in Chumphon wildlife sanctuary
The crested fireback pheasant, a very rare bird indeed, was discovered at Prince of Chumphon Wildlife Sanctuary Park in Chumphon province.
— Tha Nation

Trio held over B1m scam
Crime Suppression Division (CSD) officers have arrested three people suspected of hacking Facebook and Line accounts in a swindle involving about one million baht.
— Bangkok Post

Engagement key to Sino-Thai ties
Gone are the days when policymakers could sit back and relax to watch Sino-Thai relations moving ahead in autopilot mode.
— Bangkok Post

Chai Nat province, central Thailand, takes visitors on a journey back in time
Literally meaning ‘place of victory’, Chai Nat was first established during the Ayutthaya Kingdom, as a successful base to confront invading Burmese armies.
— Pattaya Mail

Gen. Prawit enjoins provinces to work with locals, focusing on underground water standard
General Prawit Wongsuwan, Deputy Prime Minister, pronounced a new policy to provincial governors, Offices of Local Administration, and other related departments, to together look after the groundwater refilling mission.
— Bangkok Post

Government Supports “Tourism Aid” to Boost Domestic Tourism
The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce’s chancellor, said today that “Tourism Aid” will stimulate tourist spending by between 30 – 50 billion baht, to the benefit of Thailand’s economy.

“A Helpful Providence: Allowing People to Express Their Voices for a Change”
A political movement has emerged in the midst of the unprecedented health crisis that resulted from the spread of Covid-19 to offer a way forward.
— The Asian Affairs

Thailand’s economic outlook ‘worst in Asia’: analysts
Thailand has been cited as a success story in containing the coronavirus outbreak, having gone more than 40 days without any local transmission of Covid-19. Yet its economic outlook is the darkest in Asia.
— Bangkok Post

‘Lenient treatment’ for US delegation
Activist Srisuwan Janya is calling on the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) to investigate the Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) over its preferential treatment of a high-profile US delegation which will arrive in Thailand on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai officials “feeling more confident” after one week passes of school and entertainment venues opening with no confirmed Covid-19 cases
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, announced today that zero new confirmed locally spread cases of Covid-19 were recorded in the past 24 hours, a full week after Thailand entered the so-called “Phase 5” which allowed re-opening of bars, nightclubs and schools in the country among other “risky” venues.
— The Pattaya News

Talks continuing about visa amnesty situation in Thailand, but no decisions made yet
The Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, is continuing talks throughout this week with relevant agencies about the amnesty visa situation that affects an estimated hundreds of thousands of foreigners in Thailand currently.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand continues to deny claims that monkeys are abused or involved in industrial scale coconut harvesting
In response to leading supermarkets in the United Kingdom (UK) and the United States of America (USA) removing Thai coconut products from their shelves amid allegations that mistreated monkeys were being used to pick coconuts in Thailand.
— The Pattaya News

Man charged with raping stepdaughter
A 38-year-old man has been detained and charged with the repeated rape of his young stepdaughter, and illegal use of drugs.
— Bangkok Post

Progressive Movement claims it was slandered over donation disbursement
The Progressive Movement (Kao Na) issued a statement today to defend itself against, what it described as, dirty political slander over its allegedly opaque disbursement of about 7.5 million baht in public donations.
— Thai PBS News

Trash Dumped by Bangkokians Washes Up on Bang Sean Beach
The mayor of a tourist seaside town on Tuesday said city officials are cleaning up litter at Bang Saen beach after a British blogger posted photos of beach trash there, which soon went viral on social media.
— Khaosod English

Prayut faces tough task of replacing ‘Four Boys’ economics team
Uncertainty hangs over the fate of the “Four Boys” – the quartet of technocrats who run Thailand’s economy – as upheaval in the core coalition party signals a pending Cabinet shakeup.
— Thai PBS News

More mask factories opened, boosting production output to 4.2m daily
Since the COVID-19 outbreak many private companies have opened their face mask factories, delivering surgical masks to medical professionals.

Russian woman denies murdering daughter, claims husband made her do it
A Russian woman who allegedly murdered her one year old daughter and then tried to kill herself by jumping from a third-floor balcony, is denying all charges against her.
— The Thaiger

Lucky escape for rafting group after dam floodgate opens – VIDEO
A group of tourists is lucky to be alive after a worker accidentally opened a dam floodgate nearby.
— The Thaiger

Flooding and rain paralyze Pattaya roads
Heavy thunderstorms in the Pattaya area this afternoon caused major flooding and traffic delays on many Pattaya roads.
— The Pattaya News

Their majesties change the summer season attire of the Emerald Buddha
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Phra Vajiraklaochaoyuhua has changed the summer season attire of Phra Putta Maha Mani Ratana Patimakorn, or the Emerald Buddha, to mark the beginning of the rainy season.

“Morphosis Apps” continues to penetrate the online platform market
“Morphosis Apps” continues to penetrate the online platform market worth 200 billion, through their expertise in UX strategies focusing on ease of use, accessibility for users, closing blind spots and fixing applications hard to use.

Travelers can apply for discount air fares and hotel rooms from July 15th
People interested in hotel and air fare discounts can register via www.เราเ�–ี่ยว�”้วยกัน.com (We Tour Together program) from July 15th, 6am to 9pm, said Mr. Yutthasak Supasorn, Governor of the Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT).
— Thai PBS News

60 Educational reformers from 14 countries work together
60 Educational reformers from 14 countries work together to find solutions for the COVID-19 impacts causing millions of children being at risk of dropping out from education systems.

Suthep Longtime Aide Tipped to Lead Pro-Establishment Party
A party where former hardline conservative activist Suthep Thaugsuban serves as a senior advisor will be led by a close aide to Suthep himself.
— Khaosod English

Wat Pho holds traditional Buddhist Lent candle making ceremony
For Asanha Bucha Day and the beginning of Buddhist Lent or Khao Phansa Day, Wat Phra Chetuphon Wimon Mangkhalaram or Wat Pho held the annual traditional candle making ceremony and flower alms giving ceremony, albeit with fewer observers this year due to COVID-19 restraints.

New Normal tourism at Ko Kret
As a small island surrounded by Chao Phraya River north of Bangkok, many people have been drawn to Ko Kret in Nonthaburi on this religious holiday with their families.

The transformation of Thai hotels under the ‘new normal’ – CBRE
The full impact from Covid-19 could be prolonged, even after the actual virus is finally brought under control.
— The Thaiger

Thai VietJet offers 50% off baggage and domestic flight discounts
Thai VietJet is reportedly offering a 50% discount on baggage fees for passengers travelling between Bangkok and Krabi or Phuket until July 31.
— The Thaiger

Couple Says Sorry to Goddess for Racy Photoshoot
A couple were fined Monday for taking photos showing a woman’s tattooed buttocks near a shrine dedicated to the goddess Guan Yin.
— Khaosod English



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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on Asahna Bucha Day, July 5.


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John Le Fevre

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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