Thailand morning news for June 17

Thailand morning news for June 17
Online English lessons

Thailand morning news

Cabinet rolls out support for those who missed out on previous subsidy schemes
Thailand’s Cabinet has rolled out four new schemes to help people affected by business closures caused by COVID-19 and who missed out on previous aid packages.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand sees dip in competitiveness ranking
Thailand has fallen four places to 29th in the World Competitiveness Ranking 2020 report, weighed down by a decline in rankings over economic performance and government efficiency.
— Bangkok Post

Thai household debt could rise beyond 80 pct of GDP due to COVID-19 impact: think tank
Thailand’s national economic planning agency on Tuesday told the media that the COVID-19 crisis has had a massive impact on household debt which may soar beyond 80 percent of gross domestic product (GDP).
— Xinhuanet

Thais now see WHO as unreliable source of information: medical specialist
After the Covid-19 pandemic, Thais now view the World Health Organisation (WHO) as an unreliable source on health issues, Dr Manoon Leechawengwongs, a specialist at Bangkok’s Vichaiyut Hospital, said.
— The Nation

Hotel and travel costs covered by 22.4B Thai tourism stimulus
Billions of taxpayer baht will help two million Thais travel and subsidize five million hotel stays in a bid to rebuild domestic travel under a plan approved by the cabinet today.
— Coconuts Thailand

M.R. Chatumongol quits as Ruam Palang Prachachart party leader
Thailand’s Labour Minister, M.R. Chatumongol Sonakul, has quit as leader of the Ruam Palang Prachachart Party, effective Tuesday, after he failed a performance assessment by the party’s executive board.
— Thai PBS News

Video captures Thai divers’ effort to free distressed whale shark
Divers in Thailand have captured dramatic footage of their efforts to free a huge whale shark in distress from a piece of nylon rope caught on its tail.

Rape victim, sister under protection
Police have placed a 12-year-old rape victim and her sister under protection after they were threatened by the suspected perpetrators for exposing the crime, according to provincial authorities.
— Bangkok Post

SpySat? Air Force to Launch Its 1st Satellite This Week
Thailand will launch its first military satellite into space this week, the air force announced today.
— Khaosod English

Big drug bust in Chiang Mai’s Fang, 8 arrested
A combined government force seized 800,000 methamphetamine pills and 10 kilogrammes of heroin and arrested eight suspects in Fang district on Monday night, Pha Muang Force deputy commander Col Narit Thavornwong said in a press conference on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand records no new COVID-19 cases or deaths
Thailand today has recorded no new COVID-19 cases and no COVID-19 related deaths.
— Thai PBS News

Aviation authorities to talk about the return of international flights, business trips first
Aviation authorities will talk to international airlines today about resuming flights into Thailand.
— The Thaiger

Chiang Rai school apologizes for seeking student Facebook passwords
A school in Chiang Rai apologized yesterday after one of its teachers asked students to provide passwords to access their phones and social media platforms.
— Coconuts Thailand

Buriram temple abbot butchers pregnant woman with machete
A temple abbot was arrested in Buriram province last night after he allegedly crashed his van into a pickup truck carrying a pregnant woman and her husband, then chased her down and hacked her to death.
— Coconuts Thailand

Rare Crab Species Found at Maya Bay After 2 Years of Shutdown
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation on Monday published pictures of a rare species of crab found at Thailand’s South at Maya Bay, which belonged to the Phi Phi Archipelago.
— Khaosod English

Thailand to train 10 million people in CPR over next 3 years
Health authorities want to mobilise an army of emergency responders in Thailand by training 10 million members of the public in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).
— The Nation

Kasetsart team develops special cabinet to reduce risk of doctors contracting virus
A Kasetsart University Department of Mechanical Engineering team has developed a positive pressure cabinet to reduce the risk of doctors contracting Covid-19 while screening patients.
— The Nation

Cabinet gives the nod to B3.3tn fiscal budget bill
The cabinet on Tuesday approved a bill for the fiscal 2021 budget of 3.3 trillion baht which will be tabled to parliament, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said.
— Bangkok Post

Bt1 govt bonds dangled to lure grassroots investors
The government is issuing Bt200 million in saving bonds at Bt1 each, for sale to the public via Krung Thai Bank (KTB)’s e-wallet system, the Public Debt Management Office (PDMO) announced on Tuesday (June 16).
— The Nation

Government plans to allow more foreigners to reenter Thailand
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has informed that the government resumed operations to process work permits, however, noting that the applicants will be considered in a case by case basis.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand plans $722 million subsidy to spur domestic travel after virus crisis
Thailand will defray costs for domestic holidaymakers, with the cabinet approving measures worth 22.4 billion baht ($722 million) on Tuesday, to help the tourism industry after visitors dried up because of the coronavirus crisis.

Thailand to identify firms to be taxed under E-Services law
The Thai Ministry of Finance’s Revenue Department said on Tuesday that it has signed agreements with 160 countries and regions to close loopholes in the upcoming E-Services tax law.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand placed on flood alert for next two days
Bangkok and 70 other provinces have been placed on flood alert for today and the next one (June 16 and 17) after forecasts of heavy rain.
— The Nation

Curfew checkpoints repurposed to tackle illegal racers
The Prime Minister has instructed officials to repurpose existing curfew checkpoints into racing checkpoints, in a bid to discourage illegal racers roaming the night in several provinces.
— Newsline (video)

THAI tries to soothe anxious customers
Thai Airways International (THAI) on Monday moved to allay concerns among its customers after they began receiving a notice from the Central Bankruptcy Court, which is scheduled to hear the debt-ridden national carrier’s rehabilitation plan in August.
— Bangkok Post

250 more Thais return home from UK, Ireland
Thai Airways International (THAI) has flown home 250 more Thais from the United Kingdom and Ireland, Squadron Leader Anirut Saengrit, director of the airline’s Operations Control Centre, said today (June 16).
— The Nation

Khon Kaen Hospital demands return of ‘unfairly’ transferred director
Khon Kaen Hospital’s medical organisation is demanding that their former director Dr Charnchai Chanvorachaikul be allowed to return to the hospital, saying they do not trust the Public Health Ministry’s investigation into allegations against the doctor.
— The Nation

New air force satellite ‘aims to prevent foreign spying
Napa-1, the air force’s security satellite scheduled for launch on Friday in French Guiana, has a core mission to prevent foreign powers from spying on Thailand, the head of the air force’s Space Operation Centre(Spoc) said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket airport chief: More flights coming in July
More airlines will launch domestic flights arriving at Phuket International Airport starting next month, Phuket International Airport General Manager Thanee Chuangchoo confirmed to The Phuket News today (June 16).
— The Phuket News

Covid-19 creates new billionaires in Malaysia, Thailand
It’s been a good year for glove companies and their founders.
— Hindustan Times

BMA Spokesman clarifies reopening of businesses, activities
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has clarified several activities and businesses are still prohibited to operated, despite the lifting of the nationwide curfew.
— Newsline (video)

Thai labourers dumped by Uzbekistan employer flying home
Twenty-eight Thai labourers stranded in Uzbekistan after being abandoned by their employer are being flown home under Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s orders.
— The Nation

Thailand Board of Investment to attract more foreign investment in food industry and tourism
To cope with the adverse impact of COVID-19 on foreign investment, the Deputy Prime Minister, Dr. Somkid Jatusripitak, has assigned the Board of Investment (BOI) to fine-tune its work by highlighting the strengths of the country to attract more foreign investors, with a focus on agricultural business to help raise income distribution in the local economy.
— Pattaya Mail

Cabinet approves assistance packages for four new groups
The cabinet on Tuesday approved four aid packages for people hurt financially by the Covid-19 pandemic who have not previously been given help.
— Bangkok Post

Phone users warned of spike in criminals requesting OTPs
The massive growth in online transactions, especially during the Covid-19 crisis, has brought a spike in the number of scams to deceive customers into revealing their one-time passwords (OTP), telecoms giant Advanced Info Services (AIS) warned on Tuesday.
— The Nation

New Economy Academy launches online courses for new exporters
As the export sector is impacted from COVID-19 pandemic, the New Economy Academy (NEA) has launched an online training campaign for new exporters, with 20 courses on offer to help boost sales number by year’s end.
— Newsline (video)

Prudential Thailand launches digital health app, Pulse by Prudential
In these uncertain times, we are prone not just to existing diseases but new, emerging ones.
— Bangkok Post

TAT: Chinese tourists still hindered
The Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TAT) China office is tempering enthusiasm that many Chinese tourists will visit in the second half this year as travel restrictions ease, as low Chinese purchasing power for outbound trips persists and an uptick in new infections emerges in Beijing.
— Bangkok Post

BMA committed to conduit scheme
City Hall is committed to pressing ahead with the construction of its conduit project stretching 2,450 kilometres in Bangkok regardless of TOT’s indication that it already has a combined 2,500km in length of conduits in the capital.
— Bangkok Post

Experts warn of rainy season outbreaks
The Covid-19 pandemic will not be the only threat to Thai students when schools reopen in July as rain will also bring other common wet-season diseases such as influenza, dengue fever and hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD), an epidemiologist warns.
— Bangkok Post

Labour minister resigns from party
Labour Minister M.R. Chatu Mongol Sonakul has resigned as leader of the Action Coalition for Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Entrepreneur Connects Michelin Bistros to Those in Need
Natalie Bin Narkprasert’s business was in Paris. But she was locked down by COVID-19 restrictions and stuck in Thailand.
— Khaosod English<

Contractor Defends Tearing Down 120-Yr-Old Trading Post
The demolition of a Colonial-style building in Phrae province left netizens seething with anger on Tuesday, though a contractor responsible said it will be rebuilt in full.
— Khaosod English<

Four flights to take more Thais from Egypt
More flights have been arranged to take home another 1,000 Thais in Egypt next month in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, according to the government spokeswoman.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet endorses three packages to revive ailing tourism industry
Thailand’s Cabinet today approved three packages intended to reboot Thailand’s declining tourism industry, hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News<

Monk chases pregnant woman and kills her in Buriram
Investigating a fatal stabbing in Buriram yesterday, police now believe the woman who was stabbed by an Abbot, had been blackmailing him after having an affair.
— The Thaiger

Plans in Motion for June 24 Commemoration, Activists Say
Activists said they planned to commemorate the upcoming anniversary of the 1932 democratic revolution, though no plans were set in stone so far.
— Khaosod English

Thailand disease expert says salmon cannot be infected with Covid-19
Fish lovers can relax, says the deputy director-general of Thailand’s Disease Control Department.
— The Thaiger

Govt plans to fly 690 Thais back from Egypt in July
The Thai government plans to send four flights to bring 690 Thai students and workers back from Egypt next month.
— Thai PBS News

Is Pheu Thai’s “breakup” for real this time?
Thaksin Shinawatra’s political camp is no stranger to reports, rumors or speculation about senior figures “leaving”.
— Thai PBS News

Poll shows flea markets, supermarkets, most popular with Thais as lockdown easing continues
A new poll shows that most Thais are anxious to return to markets and supermarkets first, as the country continues to relax the restrictions imposed during the Covid-19 crisis.
— The Thaiger

No easy bounce-back for Thai, regional rubber producers
Thailand and the world’s other top rubber producers are starting to emerge from their worst quarter in over a decade, but the path to recovery looks fragile.
— Bangkok Post

University Halts Eviction of Thai-Chinese Shrine – For Now
Protesters said they want Chulalongkorn University to reconsider the planned demolition of an old Chinese Shrine and opt for preservation instead.
— Khaosod English

Love for driving fast leads to fatal crash
Shortly after expressing his love for driving fast, a young man has died in a high speed motorcycle crash in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

His Majesty doesn’t want Thailand to use the lèse-majesté law
His Majesty the King does not want to use Thailand’s strict lèse-majesté laws, which make it a crime to insult or criticise the royal family, but Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha says people should still be careful what they say about the Thai monarchy.
— The Thaiger

Thailand tourism recovery- are we doing enough?
OPINION by Andrew J Wood The wheels of Thailand’s tourism industry are slowly turning.
— The Thaiger

A Talk With Bangkok’s Dealer of Nazi Memorabilia
As the United States and Europe witness ongoing destruction of historical statues no longer deemed politically correct, a Bangkok-based antiquarian is proudly selling historical objects that would trigger historicist puritans.
— Khaosod English



Feature photo Gift of Happiness Foundation
This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on World Refugee Day, June 20.


Find our previous morning news feature photos in the AEC News Today Morning News Feature Photos gallery where you will find a pictorial display of daily life throughout the Asean Economic Community (AEC).


About Thailand morning news.

Thailand morning news roundup is the most comprehensive hand-curated selection of Thailand English language news headlines published. Each weekday we scour hundreds of local and international news sites and websites to find the most recent Thailand English language news today.

We filter our the dull, the boring, the repetitive, and the click-bait and package all of the Thailand daily news that you need to know to start your day into an easy to read, time saving format of Thailand news headlines and first paragraphs before 7.15am Bangkok time.

We clearly identify the source of all the Thailand news headlines, whether it is behind a paywall, a media release, or whether the news site uses annoying pop-up advertising or auto-play video, in case those things annoy you too. If a website uses particularly invasive pop-up adverts, we’ll tell you.

This enables you to make an informed choice of whether you want to learn more by clicking directly through to the original Thailand news article, or keep on reading the remaining Thailand daily news headlines.

Click here to get your Thailand English language news today by email before 8am Bangkok time daily. Remember to watch out for the confirmation email from us to confirm your subscription. Check your trash folder if you do not see it.

For more immediate updates download the AEC News Today Mobile App from the Apple or Google stores, or follow us on Twitter.



Governance, not government; policies not politics.


The following two tabs change content below.

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.

Support independent media by sharing using these tools. Do not steal our content

Make a comment

Your email address will not be published.