Thailand morning news for June 10

Thailand morning news for June 10
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Thailand morning newsIndustrial group supports Thailand joining CPTPP
The Joint Standing Committee on Commerce, Industry and Banking (JSCCIB) supports the move to make Thailand a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) to boost the nation’s international trade in the post-pandemic period.
— Bangkok Post

THAI swoops to protect planes from seizure
Thai Airways International (THAI) has petitioned courts in three countries to protects its assets — including its aircraft operating scheduled flights — from being seized by its creditors, said government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Prepare for delays in re-opening international borders
“The third or fourth quarter of 2020.” That’s as precise as deputy PM Somkid Jatusripitak could say when Thailand would re-open its borders for foreign tourists.
— The Thaiger

Taxing internet firms gets first green light
The cabinet has approved a draft bill requiring foreign digital service providers to pay a value-added tax (VAT), making Thailand the latest country in Southeast Asia to seek to boost tax revenue from international technology companies.
— Bangkok Post

2 new Covid-19 cases, both imported (June 9)
Today there were 2 Covid-19 cases amongst returning Thai citizens from overseas.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t Aims for 100,000 COVID-19 Saliva Tests by End-June
Thailand’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) on Monday said that the government is on an aggressive campaign to conduct proactive COVID-19 tests on 100,000 people across the country before the end of June.
— Khaosod English

Government officials and pro-government media are trying to destroy Wanchalearm’s character; it is nothing new
Government officials and pro-government media went on the offensive on Tuesday claiming that dissident Wanchalearm Satsakit was growing marijuana at his flat in Phnom Penh which they linked to his disappearance.
— Thai Inquirer

Litigious Farm Loses Defamation Cases Against Activists
A court in Thailand has dismissed criminal defamation charges against two people who were among more than 20 targeted in various cases by a poultry company in what critics say is a campaign of legal intimidation.
— Khaosod English

MPs walk out of Covid oversight committee meeting
Opposition lawmakers walked out of a parliament meeting on Tuesday to protest against a lack of details in the government’s plan to reallocate 88 billion baht to a central fund to fight Covid-19 and rehabilitate the economy.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s trains running at half capacity to carry passengers under social distancing rule
The trains of the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) are running at half capacity to carry passengers under social distancing rule, confirmed SRT Governor Nirut Maneephan on Tuesday (June 9).
— TheStar

Prayut puts brakes on reshuffle
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has put the brakes on a cabinet reshuffle push by factions within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP), saying the government still has other more pressing concerns to tackle, particularly the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Property sales in northern region dwindle as tourism industry seizes
The residential market in northern provinces will slump further this year as the coronavirus hits key economic drivers and banks impose stricter rules on home loans, according to local developers.
— Bangkok Post

Group threatens rally over fishing quotas
A group of trawler owners yesterday vowed to stage a big rally in Bangkok if the Department of Fisheries is adamant on imposing new fishing quotas, a move to appease the European Union after it called on the kingdom to follow sustainable measures in the seafood industry last year.
— Bangkok Post


Thailand’s Government Mulls Lifting the Foreign Visitors Ban
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak reports the Thai government is considering easing entry restrictions for foreign visitors.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thailand May Lose Investors as Most Expensive Asian Stock Market
Thailand has become the most expensive stock market in Asia, threatening its prospects for additional near-term gains and foreign buying.
— BloombergQuint

Over 28,000 projects eye NESDC aid
Some 28,425 projects worth up to 593 billion baht have applied for a 400-billion-baht budget set for economic and social rehabilitation, according to the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).
— Bangkok Post

Projects proposed for emergency loan budget
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has revealed that the NESDC office has received proposals for 28,331 projects, worth some 370 billion baht from government agencies.
— Newsline (video)

Phase 4 easing depends on actual development: DPM Wissanu
Deputy Prime Minister Dr. Wissanu Krea-ngam said yesterday that the 4th phase of easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions will depend on how the actual situation turns out this month.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s housing market strengthening
Nationwide house prices rose by 5.69% in Q1 2020 from a year earlier, an improvement from the previous year’s 2.21% increase and the biggest growth since Q1 2018. House prices increased 3.13% q-o-q during the latest quarter.
— Global Property Guide

PM defends emergency decree
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha on Tuesday defended the use of the emergency decree to curb the spread of Covid-19, calling it a legal tool for the authorities to enforce virus control measures.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Govt ready to drive forward Thailand with Bio, Circular, and Green economy model
At the Green Room, Thai Khu Fah Building, Government House, Minister of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation Suvit Maesincee led Director-General of National Science and Technology Development Agency (NSTDA) Dr. Narong Sirilertworakul and a group of private sector and experts from various industries, i.e., energy, agriculture, food, medicine and vaccination, medical equipment, tourism and creative economy, and circular economy, to pay a courtesy call on Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha to share ideas and views about Bio, Circular, and Green economies (BCG) Model.
— Pattaya Mail

Strict regulations on social distancing, garbage control on Thai beaches
Images of beaches overflowing with tourists have caused concern about the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Pattaya Mail

Department of Land Transport: New Normal Driving License Test
The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has reopened its services, providing driving license examination under strict COVID-19 prevention measures.
— Newsline (video)

DPM Somkid asks all sides to improve political atmosphere
Deputy Prime Minister in charge of economic affairs Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak said all parties should help improve the current political environment and allow competent individuals to help make the economy better, following the resignation of several executive members of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party.
— Newsline (video)

BAAC readies trio of loan schemes worth B170bn
The Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) is preparing three low-interest loan schemes worth a combined 170 billion baht to rehabilitate an agricultural sector battered by the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Thai people more alert to risks of COVID-19 infection
A survey has found that people significantly improved their protection against the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) in May after previous recklessness.
— Pattaya Mail

DPM Prawit instructs officials to solve water hyacinth problem
Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed officials to address the water hyacinth problem in order to prevent flooding.
— Newsline (video)

Coronavirus: Thais travelling domestically in droves amid lockdown easing, prompting authorities to urge caution
Thais are travelling to other parts of the country in droves as the country is gradually easing its partial lockdown measures, including inter-provincial travel restrictions, prompting reclosure warnings from officials.
— The Straits Times

NBTC allots 4 packages of satellite network filings
The National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has allotted four packages of satellite network filings subject to allocation for interested bidders early next year.
— Bangkok Post

Ko Tao, island in the gulf of Thailand, praised for strong coral reef conservation
The United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) via the Hello Kitty Global Channel, in cooperation with the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Thailand’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, has named Ko Tao as the island with a strong community committed to coral reef conservation.
— Pattaya Mail

From Cold War to coronavirus, Thailand’s hero grandma fights to protect villagers from Covid-19
For the past 38 years, Surin Makradee has been giving basic advice to people in her village in central Thailand’s Ang Thong province as a village health care volunteer.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Thai officials destroy migrant aid group’s building
Thai authorities demolished the building of a Myanmar migrant aid group in Bangkok on June 7, a day after they warned the group that the group was illegal.
— Myanmar Times

Chansin joins THAI board
Thai Airways International (THAI) has picked Chansin Treenuchagron, a former president of the state-owned oil and gas conglomerate PTT Plc, as a new board member to replace Pailin Chuchottaworn who abruptly resigned late last month.
— Bangkok Post

Woman shot dead in land dispute
A local politician shot a woman dead while arguing with her over the sale of a block of land on Monday night, police in Ko Kha district of this northern province said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Students held for ‘white bow’ protest
Police have held four students trying to tie white bows at public places in Bangkok as a symbolic gesture for justice and against dictatorship.
— Bangkok Post


#SaveWanchalerm activists detained for tying bows at Democracy Monument
A group of student activists were detained this afternoon after they tied white bows at the Democracy Monument to protest the alleged forced disappearance of exile Wanchalerm Satsaksit.
— Coconuts Thailand

Finance Ministry considers incentives for Thais who spend on local tourism
Thailand’s Finance Ministry is to roll out an incentive scheme to encourage Thai people to travel and spend domestically, in order to revive the local tourism industry, hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

Probe into Defence Ministry’s plan to spy on people through phones
Political activist Srisuwan Janya will lodge a petition with the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) on Wednesday, seeking an investigation into the conduct of the Ministry of Defence (MoD) and the Disease Control Department (DCD) for demanding the public’s smart phone usage data from service providers.
— Thai PBS News

Activists Fined After Campaigning for Abducted Dissident
Police on Tuesday arrested a group of student activists while they were holding a rally against the alleged abduction of anti-government dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who went missing in Cambodia last week.
— Khaosod English

Security Officers Take Down Mural, Posters of Missing Activist
A stenciled mural showing fugitive activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit disappeared less than 24 hours after it was painted, and other posters demanding to know his whereabouts were also taken down.
— Khaosod English

Gov’t Proposes 3,000 Baht Handout to Boost Tourism
The government on Tuesday proposed several measures to revive the devastated tourism industry as the coronavirus pandemic appears to be winding down.
— Khaosod English

New food delivery apps seeking a bite
Competition in food delivery apps is expected to intensify as a series of newcomers jump into the 35-billion-baht market, with some aiming to leverage customer insights for their other businesses.
— Bangkok Post

MCOT mulls lawsuit against NBTC over compensation
State-owned public broadcaster MCOT is threatening to sue the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) if the telecom regulator’s board meeting on Wednesday fails to reach a resolution on the amount of compensation it would give to the company for the 2600-megahertz spectrum recall.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet approves subsidy rates for sugar cane farmers
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the rates of financial assistance to be paid to about 300,000 sugar cane growers nationwide, under a subsidy programme that is estimated to require 10 billion baht in state funding.
— Bangkok Post

Uttama under pressure to call general assembly of Palang Pracharat party
Former leader of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat Party,Uttama Savanayana, is under heavy pressure from rebel MPs to call a general assembly of the party to elect a new executive committee.
— Thai PBS News

Hoteliers to get one-year fee waiver
Hoteliers will get a waiver of the 40-baht fee per room per year until mid-2021 as part of Covid-19 relief.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PM says he has not thought about cabinet reshuffle
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has dismissed speculation of an imminent cabinet reshuffle, saying that he has not thought about I, and asked the media to stop reporting on this issue, which he likened to a soap opera.
— Thai PBS News

Smartphone imports down
Smartphone imports fell 20.6% year-on-year to 3.6 million units in the first quarter, chiefly because of the coronavirus pandemic, according to IDC Thailand, the local unit of the global research firm.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia to probe Thai activist’s disappearance in Phnom Penh
Cambodian police will launch an investigation into the disappearance of exiled Thai political activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit, who was abducted in front of his apartment in Phnom Penh last Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

Thai Government considering possible extension of Emergency Decree among other options
Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam signalled that the enforcement of the emergency decree, which is set to expire on June 30, could be extended in a press conference this week.
— The Pattaya News

Major Cineplex Faces Charges Over Fanmeet in Pandemic
Police said Tuesday they are looking to charge a downtown cinema for holding a celebrity fan event where attendants did not practice social distancing during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

‘It’s a bloodbath’: Bangkok restaurants devastated by booze ban
Restaurants that survived months of closure and can now only seat a fraction of their usual customers say the ongoing ban on alcohol is killing their businesses.
— Coconuts Thailand

Foreigner arrested after selling fake tickets to tourists
A Russian man was arrested yesterday afternoon after allegedly selling fake tour tickets to tourists in Patong.
— The Thaiger

Man accused of sexual assault, Goodness Foundation helps file complaint
A cleaner at an international school in Central Thailand is accused of allegedly sexually assaulting his 2 teenage daughters.
— The Thaiger

Former employee of Buriram dog shelter accuses owner’s wife of harassment
A former employee of a dog shelter in Buriram province, northeast Thailand, says she has had to leave her home and go into hiding after being harassed by the wife of the Frenchman who set up the shelter.
— The Thaiger

Ukranian Woman Death: Cops Find CCTV Footage of Victim
Police on Tuesday said they found security camera footage showing a Ukranian woman shortly before her death on Koh Samui.
— Khaosod English

Military says it obtained location data from telecoms to fight COVID
The Ministry of Defense yesterday admitted to requesting location data from the nation’s mobile phone operators.
— Coconuts Thailand

Partial Solar Eclipse To Darken Bangkok This Month
Thailand will witness a partial solar eclipse later this month, according to the national astronomical body.
— Khaosod English

Lotte takes over liquor, tobacco concession at Changi Airport
SINGAPORE: South Korean travel retailer Lotte Duty Free has taken over the liquor and tobacco concession at Changi Airport, making it the first time a new operator has helmed this key concession since DFS Group in 1981.

Reopening of Thailand’s beaches and gyms draws huge crowds
It’s a week into Phase 3 of the easing of Covid-19 restrictions and, following last week’s reopening of Chon Buri’s popular beaches, today it’s Phuket’s turn.
— The Thaiger

Former local politician allegedly shoots woman over land argument
A woman was shot and killed last night after an argument with a former local politician over land she had purchased from him in Lampang, Northern Thailand.
— The Thaiger

38 Thai nationals in Egypt test positive for Covid-19
The Thai Embassy in Cairo says 38 Thai citizens have tested positive for Covid-19 so far, only 1 of whom has fully recovered.
— The Thaiger

Until Thailand reopens to world, gov’t will pay people to travel
Thailand could reopen to the world as soon as next month, and government officials are eyeing a tourism stimulus package to give the sector a shot in the arm.
— Coconuts Thailand



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