Thailand morning news for June 15

Thailand morning news for June 15
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Thailand ranks second in the world in recovery from Covid19 Coronavirus crisis according to Global Covid-19 Health Index
The Prime Minister has thanked all Thai people for their contribution to the fight against COVID-19, saying that everyone has helped place Thailand second among countries recovering best from the COVID-19 epidemic.
— The Pattaya News

Survey says… most Thais prefer to keep foreign tourists out, for now
A recent Suan Dusit Poll asked Thais whether they wanted foreign tourists visiting Thailand soon. 75.7% said “no”.
— The Thaiger

Central bank clarifies debt figures
The Bank of Thailand has calmed down concern about an increase of its liabilities to more than 6 trillion baht, saying they are not public debt.
— Bangkok Post

Cambodia COVID-19 travel model provides path for CLMVT recovery
The decision last week by Cambodia to introduce a user pays, enhanced COVID-19 screening process for all foreign arrivals is at the bleeding edge of public pandemic prevention.
— AEC News Today

THAI workers’ jobs ‘safe for now’
The management of Thai Airways International (THAI) insists job terminations are not in the pipeline for at least a year even though downsizing the fleet and cutting routes are part of its six-point strategy to turn the business around.
— Bangkok Post

Crowned bats captured, studied as possible Covid-19 carriers
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation, and the Centre for Emerging Infectious Diseases, are researching whether Thailand’s “crowned bats” could carry or transmit the Covid-19 coronavirus.
— The Thaiger

Sheikhul Thailand Islamic Office re-allows group prayers in mosques as part of Phase Four
The Sheikhul Islam Office of Thailand has allowed Muslims to attend prayer gatherings in mosques that are able to enforce safety and sanitary procedures.
— The Pattaya News

Covid-19 update: 1 new imported case (June 14)
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration reported 1 new imported coronavirus case and no new deaths today taking the total number of infections in Thailand to 3,135 since the outbreak began in January.
— The Thaiger

Household debt could soar beyond 80% of GDP due to Covid-19 crisis: NESDC
The Covid-19 crisis has had a massive impact on household debt and it is expected to rise to more than 80 per cent of GDP, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), a state think-tank, has warned.
— The Nation

Only hope for foreigners locked out of Thailand as easing continues with strict controls on entry
The Thai government announced this week the end of the night-time curfew from June 15th and the availability of alcohol in restaurants or licenced eateries.

Cambodia-Thailand trade hit 3.1 billion USD in four months
Two-way trade between Cambodia and Thailand hit 3.1 billion USD in four months of this year, up 18.3 percent year-on-year, Cambodia’s Fresh News website quoted the Cambodian Embassy in Thailand as saying on June 13.
— Vietnamplus

775 migrant workers return from Thailand through Myawady border on 13 June
A total of 775 Myanmar migrant workers returned home through Myanmar-Thai Friendship Bridge (2) of Myawady border town in Kayin State yesterday.
— The Global New Light of Myanmar

Thailand consumer confidence index falls to 31.3 due to lack of income in tourism sector
Despite the easing of restrictions imposed on businesses to help control COVID-19, which allows them to operate more freely again, there are still many businesses that lack income, causing many entrepreneurs to lack confidence in the economy.
— Pattaya Mail

Civil groups want abortion rights
Pro-choice groups are moving to have an entire section in the Criminal Code revoked in the hope of giving women with unwanted pregnancies the right to legal abortion and protect medical personnel performing the procedures from facing legal action.
— Bangkok Post

Young, rich and ignorant: an indictment of privileged kids
International school students, commonly known as “dek inter”, are an elite group.
— thisrupt

Chulalongkorn University says Covid-19 vaccine development showing promise
Since scientists from the Faculty of Medicine, Chulalongkorn University, gave a COVID-19 vaccine candidate to monkeys on May 23, 2020, the results look promising, as the vaccine generated an immune response in four out of five monkeys that received the first doses.
— The Pattaya News

Phase 3 easing generated 200 billion baht into Thai economy
Phase 3 of Covid-19 restriction easing, which began June 1, has generated 200 billion baht of additional cash flow into the economy.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok removing trees to make way for underground walkways
As part of a new “landscape improvement project,” the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration has begun removing trees along Na Phra Lan Road, to pave the way for an underground network of walkways.
— The Thaiger

Domestic tourism perks take shape
The government will offer a 3,000-baht subsidy on 5 million hotel rooms and a 40% discount on airline tickets to Thai tourists next month, under a 20-billion-baht programme to revitalise the tourism industry.
— Bangkok Post travel

Thailand to lift curfew, alcohol sale to resume at restaurants as COVID-19 situation improves
The Thai government will lift a nationwide curfew next Monday (Jun 15) and allow alcohol sale to resume at restaurants and hotels, according to the Centre for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA).

Cars to ride the post-Covid rebound
The pandemic has dampened the new-car arena this year, but some new editions are still set to alight in the remaining months of 2020
— Bangkok Post

Teen admits trying to stab mother to death
A 16-year-old boy on Sunday surrendered to police in Hat Yai district under an arrest warrant. He admitted to stabbing his mother with intent to kill.
— Bangkok Post

Education in classrooms, not online, comes first: Minister
Education Minister Nataphol Teepsuwan has pledged to prioritise learning in the classroom even as he moves to add online lessons.
— Bangkok Post

Tourist attractions get ready for tomorrow’s Phase 4 easing
Thailand’s Interior Ministry has ordered all provincial governors to manage their tourist attractions in preparation for Phase 4 of Covid-19 lockdown relaxation, which begins tomorrow.
— The Thaiger

Another whale shark spotted near Koh Tao
Another whale shark was recently spotted by divers at Hin Bai or Sail Rock, a popular diving spot south of Koh Tao and Koh Phangan islands in this southern coastal province, according to a local media report.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-19: Thailand plans to receive travellers from designated locations
Thailand is planning to reopen its door to 1,000 business travellers and medical visitors per day by creating “travel bubbles” with countries that manage to contain the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Edge Markets

19 days passed without new locally infected COVID-19 case in Thailand
Thailand logged five new patients of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). All are the students who returned from Saudi Arabia and were brought to state quarantine.
— Pattaya Mail

Thai public says No to foreign tourism and also predicts 1 to 2 years for travel to return to normal
Opinion polls published on Sunday in Thailand will make dismaying reading for foreigners interested in travelling to the country over the next few months.

Thailand’s Health Department Keeping a Lid on Covid-19
Thailand’s Health Department on Saturday reported 5 new cases of Covid-19 Coronavirus, all were quarantined returnees from Saudi Arabia. Bringing total cases to 3,134 and 58 deaths since the outbreak began in January.
— Chiang Rai Times

Wanchalearm was ‘an overstayer’
Cambodia still has no clue about the disappearance of Thai activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit, who was reportedly abducted near his apartment in Phnom Penh on June 4.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, Malaysia, Vietnam… How some countries kept Covid at bay
As the epidemic took hold in China, many feared for its neighbours. But rapid action and clear messaging have so far contained the virus.
— The Guardian

Gen Prawit urges digital development to mitigate COVID 19 impacts
Deputy Prime Minister Gen Prawit Wongsuwon has instructed the Office of the National Digital Economy and Society Commission to accelerate projects related to national digital development, in order to help members of the public cope with social and economic fallouts from the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Phayao village lashed by storm
About 50 houses at a village in Muang district of this northern province were damaged and power poles brought down by a summer storm, causing a four-hour blackout on Saturday afternoon, local media reported.
— Bangkok Post

Heavy rain forecast for many parts of the country
The southwest monsoon across the Andaman Sea and Thailand has intensified while a low pressure cell covers Laos.
— The Nation

Thailand approves ‘Travel Bubble’ concept for international visitors
In addition to the announcement of Phase 4 restrictions being eased, the government’s COVID-19 center has agreed on a resumption of international tourism within a ‘Travel Bubble’ with precautionary measures in place to prevent another viral outbreak.
— Pattaya Mail

PM’s fate in big brother’s hands
The likely rise of Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon to the leadership of the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) will be the binding agent which holds the party together and cements the hold on power by the “brothers in arms”, according to a source.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Schools to reopen, restaurants can serve alcohol from Monday
The Thai government has revealed which businesses and activities can reopen when the fourth phase of relaxed lockdown restrictions begins on June 15 (Monday).

Thailand to make COVID 19 vaccine available by 2021
As scientists in many countries are working to develop COVID-19 vaccines, Chulalongkorn University of Thailand is also joining the effort in searching for a vaccine for the people of the nation; Patcharawut Supakong has the story.
— Newsline (video)

BMA starts removing trees for walkway scheme
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has begun removing trees along Na Phra Lan Road to pave way for construction of an underground network of walkways in a new landscape improvement project.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand promotes marketing-led production strategy
The Thai Ministry of Commerce has teamed up with the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives to drive a marketing-led production strategy, aiming to upgrade Thailand into a hub of quality agricultural products and food.
— Vietnamplus

SRT to seek Cabinet approval for 2nd phase of double track railway in September
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) is reportedly expected to submit its investment plan for the second phase of double rail-track development for the Cabinet’s consideration in September.
— The Nation

Fisheries demands to get airing
The task force formed to address issues facing the fishing industry following enforcement of stringent regulations to combat illegal fishing and human rights abuse has handed in its report.
— Bangkok Post

BMA Q app misses usage target
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has found the use of its BMA Q mobile application, launched by its registration department in May 2019 to better queue service seekers, below set targets despite a spike during the pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Songkhla Zoo offers free entry until June 30
Songkhla Zoo is reopening for visitors on Monday (June 15) and is offering free entry until June 30 to stimulate tourism after months of closure due to the Covid-19 lockdown.
— The Nation

Female activists call for UN help
Human rights groups have urged the United Nations to intervene over legal threats being pursued by business operators and some state agencies against women activists in Thailand in an apparent bid to silence them.
— Bangkok Post

Motorist Warned Over Punctured Tires on Chiang Rai-Chiang Mai Highway
Chiang Rai police have posted a warning on their Facebook page warning all motorists travelling on the Chiang Mai-Chiang Rai highway.
— Chiang Rai Times

Lampang, Kanchanaburi considered for sustainable city plan
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has employed Chulalongkorn University to study and come up with a plan for a Sustainable Future City (SFC), the council’s deputy secretary-general Anek Memongkol said.
— The Nation

Thai PM receives 500,000 face masks from Huawei Technologies (Thailand)
Huawei Technologies (Thailand) Company Limited donated 500,000 protective masks to the Thai government, to support the fight against COVID-19.
— Pattaya Mail

Isoc sets big security drill for next month
The Internal Security Operations Command (Isoc) will carry out a major drill next month aimed at testing its new internal security plan, spokesman Thanathip Sawangsaeng said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Highways Department to improve bus shelters in Si Sa Ket province
The chief of the Highways Department has promised to make changes to several bus shelters, along the Si Sa Ket-Wang Hin highway, after they were criticized on social media for being impractical.
— Thai PBS News

Rubber roads will help Thai growers, increase safety
Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the signing ceremony of an agreement to use local Thai rubber in road construction, part of an effort to help the country’s financially strapped rubber farmers.
— The Thaiger

The big tourism dilemma
Thailand has now recorded no local transmission of Covid-19 for 19 consecutive days with all of the recently recorded infections being found in Thais repatriated from abroad.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s seafood slavery: Why the abuse of fishermen just won’t go away
Despite the efforts of the government, exploitation in Thai fisheries still occurs owing to lax inspections, the withholding of wages and evasive reflagging of vessels, the programme Undercover Asia finds out.

Cabinet shake-up looms as COVID-19 crisis eases
After three months of almost no political activity due to the COVID-19 lockdown, Thai politicians have wasted no time getting back to “business as usual”.
— Thai PBS News

Emergency decree irks transporters
Transport operators have questioned the removal of the night-time curfew on Monday of next week without an end to the emergency decree, saying the government may have other political motives for continuing with restrictive state powers.
— Bangkok Post

Fund to boost high-yield bonds gets SEC backing
The Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and capital market representatives have agreed to set up a high-yield bond fund to provide liquidity for non-investment-grade debenture issuers battered by the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Pandemic ‘Travel Bubble’ to Admit Some Chinese Tourists
PM Prayut Chan-o-cha approved a proposal to allow certain groups of foreign tourists to visit the country during the coronavirus pandemic without having to go through quarantine measures, officials said Friday.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s 127 national parks to reopen on July 1st
Many of Thailand’s 127 national parks are to reopen, either fully or partially, as of July 1st, after three months of closure.
— Thai PBS News

Thai entrepreneur’s face shields protect against COVID-19 and villains
A single mother in Thailand is doing brisk business out of face shields with characters from cartoons, games and sci-fi movies, hoping to cash in and promote safety for children as her country emerges from the coronavirus pandemic.

Property in Phuket awaits slow recovery
Phuket’s property market will take at least two years to recover because the fallout from the coronavirus is hitting one of the world’s top tourist destinations harshly, says the Phuket Real Estate Association.
— Bangkok Post property

Some Thais trust spirits more than social distancing
These spirits were not wearing face masks. They appeared well fed, untroubled by the hunger pangs that have afflicted some Thais during the lean times of a pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya to upgrade 6 U-turns after public outcry
6 U-turns in the greater Pattaya City area are being upgraded to prevent road accidents, after a recent spate of fatalities.
— The Thaiger

Bangkok’s sky park bridging the Chao Phraya ready for opening
Bangkok now has an elevated garden overlooking the Chao Phraya River, after architects transformed a portion of an abandoned electric train project into a green pedestrian bridge.
— The Thaiger

Remembrances of Red Trauma (28) – No democracy without justice
Niran Pitakwatchara, a former human rights commissioner, talks about the implications of the violence in 2010 for the country’s democracy and calls for “the perpetrators to be brought to justice, so as to deter repeat offenders.”
— Isaan Record

DSI submits reports on Forex-3D investment scam to prosecutors
After seven months of investigation into the Forex-3D investment scam, Thailand’s Department of Special Investigation (DSI) today submitted 434 case files to the special public prosecutors handling the case.
— Thai PBS News

What It’s Like to Be Half-Black, Half-Thai: Suzie’s Story
From being fired for her skin color or being mocked everyday at school by teachers and peers, it’s not easy being black in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

Chulalongkorn Says Relocated Shrine Will Adhere to Tradition, Aesthetics
Chulalongkorn University on Friday defended its decision to demolish a historic Thai-Chinese shrine on its property to clear the land for new condominiums and dormitories.
— Khaosod English

Army Says Budget Papers Seized Because They’re ‘Classified’
The Ministry of Defense on Friday said soldiers entered the Parliament and confiscated documents related to military spending because they were considered sensitive information.
— Khaosod English

Remembrances of Red Trauma (26) – Crushing democracy: From Red Shirts to Future Forward Party
Political scientist Chaiyan Rajchagool reflects on how the ruling class have constructed a politico-military complex, and co-opted state institutions in a bid to keep democracy at bay.
— Isaan Record



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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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