Thailand morning news for June 11

Thailand morning news for June 11
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Seafood restaurant execs get 1,446 years for cheating
The Criminal Court on Wednesday handed down jail terms of 1,446 years each to two executives of the famous Laemgate Seafood Restaurant on Phahonyothin road in Bangkok, for cheating the public.
— Bangkok Post

Migrant worker exodus prompts fears of labour shortages
The director-general of Thailand’s labour department has met with Myanmar’s Ambassador Myo Myint Than to discuss how Thailand can manage the country’s migrant workers during the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Thaiger

Prayut Releases Motto for 2020 National No Booze Day
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha on Wednesday celebrated the National Alcohol Abstention Day nearly a month early by unveiling a motto for the occasion.
— Khaosod English

Thai Foreign Minister says Government cannot do anything about Wanchalerm’s case
Thailand’s Foreign Minister Don Pramudwinai told Parliament today that the best that the Thai government can do, regarding the disappearance of exiled Thai activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit, is to ask the Cambodian government to investigate the case.
— Thai PBS News

PPRP to meet on June 19 to pick new executives
Acting executives of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) will hold a much-anticipated meeting on June 19 to set the date for a general assembly to elect a new batch of executives, said Paiboon Nititawan, an acting deputy party leader on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Twitter User Gets More Charges Over Royal Criticism
Police are seeking to punish a 20-year-old man who posted a series of tweets critical of the Royal Family with multiple counts of cybercrime offense, his attorney said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Four new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand
Thailand today recorded 4 more COVID-19 cases, all are Thais recently returned from abroad and in state quarantine.
— Thai PBS News

Gov’t Renews Expat Permanent Residents Quota for 2020
Immigration authorities on Tuesday confirmed an annual quota for foreigners that could be granted permanent residency in 2020.
— Khaosod English

Phase 4 easing may allow restaurants to sell alcohol. But when?
Relief may be on the way for struggling restaurants, as they might be allowed to serve alcohol again when health officials further relax measures taken to stem the spread of Covid-19.
— The Thaiger

More activities expected to resume in mid-June
Further easing of the lockdown restrictions are expected in mid-June. The CCSA, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, will meet this Friday to consider business and leisure activities from which restrictions can safely be lifted in the fourth phase of easing, CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin told a news briefing on Wednesday.
— Thai PBS News

Opposition Grills Gov’t Over Dissidents’ Abduction
Opposition lawmakers on Wednesday challenged the government to explain the fate of a Thai fugitive activist who disappeared in Cambodia last week.
— Khaosod English

Bars, Pubs, Soapy Massages Won’t Reopen in ‘Phase 4’
Bars, pubs, beer houses, karaoke bars, erotic massage parlours, and children’s ball pits will not be allowed to reopen in the next phase of reopenings, the government said on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Trial Period: Army Proposes Lifting Curfew For 15 Days
The nighttime curfew may be suspended for 15 days to test public opinion, the army said Wednesday.
— Khaosod English


Curfew to be lifted, emergency powers to remain
The night curfew could be lifted for 15 days, as a trial, but the emergency decree will remain in force to ensure continued containment of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19).
— Bangkok Post

Thai baht strength driven by weaker dollar, cenbank says
Thailand’s central bank said that recent weakness in the U.S. dollar had strengthened emerging markets currencies including the Thai baht <THB=TH> which has hit four-month highs.
— Today Online

Understanding Travel Restrictions in Thailand and Across Asia
Most tourist hotspots in Asia and Southeast Asia still remain out of bounds to international flights as travel restrictions remain due to the covid-19 pandemic.
— Chiang Rai Times

Criminal law misused in public policies
If Thailand wants to preserve its fast-dwindling forests, it pays to ponder if it’s insane to repeat the same policy that has failed for decades, yet still expect it to succeed.
— Bangkok Post

Labour Ministry rolls out skill classes tackling urban unemployment
To help workers affected or unemployed from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Ministry of Labour has introduced a skill workshop campaign, allowing workers to use the new knowledge to start small businesses.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand Supreme Court directly gives rulings fair to innocent detained defendants
The Supreme Court started to read its rulings directly to promote justice for detained defendants.
— Pattaya Mail

Prospects for a Peace Deal in Thailand’s Deep South
Despite agreements on a ceasefire due to the COVID-19 health crisis, conflict in Thailand’s Deep South does not offer much prospect for peace. The Barisan Revolusi Nasional (BRN) insurgent group is unable to uphold their commitments to peace due to deep divisions within their ranks.
— The Diplomat

PM Prayut expresses concern about water situation in provinces
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha has directed the Office of the National Water Resources (ONWR) to compile information about reservoirs to ensure proper water management.
— Newsline (video)

Pheu Thai Party frets over ‘seat snatching’
Opposition members in parliament are worried that the government coalition may snatch vacant House committee seats during the session on Wednesday, according to Pheu Thai whip Sutin Klungsang.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok 35th most expensive city for expats
According to Mercer’s 2020 Cost of Living Survey, Hong Kong tops the list of most expensive cities for expatriates, followed by Ashgabat, Turkmenistan in second position.
— Thailand Business News

Standings of 3 Thai universities up in QS rankings
Three Thai universities have improved their standing in the QS World University Rankings for 2021, released by UK-based education and career consultancy Quacquarelli Symonds (QS).
— Bangkok Post

Transport Ministry insists it will have land ready in time for CP to start building high-speed rail
More land needs to be expropriated for the construction of a high-speed railway linking Bangkok’s two airports with U-Tapao airport in the East coast.
— The Nation

Tourists enjoy Sea of Mist after Government starts Phase 3 Relaxation of Lockdown
Yala province’s Betong district has welcomed visitors to its famous tourist attraction ‘The Sea of Mist I Yerweng ’ viewpoint, following months of closure due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
— Newsline (video)

CPF to manufacture foods based on Circular Economy principle
Charoen Pokphand Foods PLC (CPF) is set to increase rations of renewable energy and promote sustainability in its value chain in line with the Circular Economy principle and the UN’s sustainable development goals.
— Bangkok Post

Future still dim for red-light districts despite Thailand’s plan to restart tourism amid Covid-19
Bar owner Jittra Nawamawat and one of her showgirls continue practising to get ready for Thailand’s coronavirus restrictions to lift so tourists can return to their nightclub in Bangkok’s famous red-light district of Patpong.
— South China Morning Post (video)

Kasikornbank ‘strong enough to fight future risks’
Kasikornbank’s financial status is strong enough for it to deal with future risks in the banking system, the bank’s president Predee Daochai said.
— The Nation

Inter-provincial bus company to apply for ‘Amazing Thailand SHA’ certification
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) recently join an activity initiated by the Department of Health, Ministry of Public Health to campaign for safety and health practices to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 infections.
— Pattaya Mail

Border upgrade to boost trade with Thailand
The government will upgrade the Thma Da checkpoint in Pursat province into an international border to facilitate cross border trade with Thailand, a move expected to achieve $15 billion in trade between the two ASEAN neighbours.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand celebrates ‘World Oceans Day’ with clean-up activities
Thailand celebrated World Oceans Day on Monday, June 8 with activities held to raise awareness on marine environment protection.
— Pattaya Mail



Survey Says 90% of Thais Keeps Active Guard Against COVID
A joint health survey has shown that the general Thai public have shown significant improvement in maintaining hygiene during the present COVID-19 pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Public Health Ministry to look into kickback allegations in hospitals
Thailand’s public health minister has promised to look into allegations that many of the Ministry’s 186 hospitals have received kickbacks from pharmaceutical companies for buying their products.
— Thai PBS News

Pistol shots fired as war of the cockles escalates
An irate cockle farmer fired pistol shots into the air on Wednesday as coastal fishermen raided his illegal breeding vats in the sea off the coast of Surat Thani, as the cockles war continued unabated.
— Bangkok Post

Ex-intelligence chief accuses anti-royalists of implicating revered institution in activist’s disappearance
Former director of Thailand’s National Intelligence Agency (NIA), Mr. Nantiwat Samart, has accused an anti-royalist movement of attempting to link the disappearance of exiled Thai activist Wanchalerm Satsaksit with Thailand’s most revered institution.
— Thai PBS News

Activists want investigation into government’s plans to “spy” on people
The Ministry of Defence and the Disease Control Department have demanded phone usage data from service providers, and political activist Srisuwan Janya (aka. “Thailand’s complainer-in-chief,”) is lodging a petition with the National Human Rights Commission seeking an investigation.
— The Thaiger

Thailand should join Asia-Pacific trade pact talks: business group
Thailand should take part in Asia-Pacific trade agreement talks in August to help to decide whether to join the pact, a group of leading Thai business associations said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

New Normal for property developers as marketing moves online
Restrictions on movement, a lack of foreigners visiting and inspecting properties, and an economic slowdown are putting pressures on Thailand’s property market.
— The Thaiger

Students charged after tying white bows around Bangkok monuments
3 students were sent to the police station after tying big white bows to the gate of the Democracy Monument in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Cabinet backs delay on tax hike for cheap smokes, suspending duties for nightlife venues
A planned hike on cheap cigarettes due to come into effect later this year will be postponed, while nightlife and sporting venues may get a break on paying excise duties.
— Coconuts Thailand

Bounty Hunters Turn in Friends, Bloggers Who Post Booze Pics
An admin who ran a Facebook page educating Thais on different types of craft beer said he was surprised health officials demanded a fine of 50,000 baht for “advertising” alcohol on social media.
— Khaosod English

Pattaya’s “dancing grandma” is alive and well, despite rumours
Pattaya’s beloved street performer known as the “dancing grandma” who works on the city’s popular Walking Street told local reporters that she is very much alive and well and that rumours of her death are premature.
— The Thaiger

Nonthaburi “nurse” reported to police
A woman in Nonthaburi, just north of Bangkok, has landed herself in hot water over a bit of cosplay.
— The Thaiger



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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.

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