Thailand morning news for June 18

Thailand morning news for June 18
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Airports of Thailand forecasts 50% fall in revenue, passengers
Airports of Thailand (AoT) said it expects passenger numbers and revenue to fall by 50% in 2020 as a result of the coronavirus crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Government approves B42bn of investment plans
The Government has approved five investment project applications worth about 41.8 billion baht and measures to strengthen the agricultural sector and agro-industry, the state investment agency said Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Strives to Find New Foreign Investment Incentives
Thai Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak said Tuesday that he had already instructed the Board of Investment (BoI) to redesign incentive packages to lure businesses and manufacturers to relocate their factories in Thailand.
— Khaosod English

Thailand’s farm exports to ASEAN countries up 5.1 percent in Q1
Thailand’s exports of farm products to ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations) countries in the first quarter jumped 5.1 percent from the same period of last year, according to the Ministry of Agriculture and Cooperatives on Wednesday.
— Xinhua

No travel bubbles yet for tourists
Travel bubbles for general tourism will not become fact anytime soon, and the first people to benefit are likely to be working professionals and people attending international meetings, senior officials said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand records no new COVID-19 infections or deaths for third day
No new COVID-19 cases or deaths were reported in Thailand for the third day in a row on Wednesday.
— Thai PBS News

PM appeals to all Thais to help to rebuild nation during worst economic crisis
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has called on his fellow citizens to join his Government in rebuilding the country, hit by the worst economic crisis in its history, in the same collective spirit they demonstrated in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
— Thai PBS News

No local Covid infection for 23 days
The government on Wednesday reported there were no new cases of the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) and the country has been free of local infection for 23 days.
— Bangkok Post

Jilted uni student throws acid on ex girlfriend
A university student in Thailand’s southern Songkhla province has been arrested today and charged with physical assault and possessing a fake gun, after he splashed acid on his former girlfriend for rejecting him.
— The Thaiger

Buddhism Office orders erasure of ‘inappropriate’ temple murals
Mural paintings of Mae Sitang Buathong, Prawit Wongsuwan and Prayut Chan-o-cha have become a controversy after the National Office of Buddhism and Tewan Liptapallop, Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, declared that the paintings are inappropriate and should be erased. Tewan also ordered the National Office of Buddhism to uncover any paintings with hidden political messages in temples across the country.
— Prachatai English

New political group Care calls for ‘true democracy’
Care, the newly formed political group, has sent a strong message urging “all uncles” to end their grip on power and return democracy to the country.
— Bangkok Post

Racism, colourism, and beauty standards in Thailand
Representations in the media of dark-skinned people have distorted how Thais perceive them and set standards for beauty in society.
— Prachatai English

Injured whale shark looks for help from divers – VIDEO
Video footage of a huge whale shark swimming toward a diving instructor while showing its tail that was caught in a rope has gone viral on the internet.
— The Thaiger

MP proposes legalising prostitution, sex toys to lower rape cases
An MP of the Thai Civilised Party MP yesterday proposed make prostitution and adult toys legal in Thailand, to help stem what appears to be a rising tide of rape cases in the country.
— The Thaiger

Opinion: The Time Has Come for Innovative Agriculture in Thailand
The current economic crisis resulting from the impact of COVID-19, has led Thailand, like other countries, to explore economic restructuring in order to provide more domestic work opportunities and compensate for the loss in export and tourism.
— Khaosod English

More passengers return to Don Mueang Airport as curfew lifted
Don Mueang International Airport has reported a bump in the number of domestic passengers, following the enactment of the fourth phase of easing lockdown restrictions.
— Newsline (video)

Overseas commercial flight ban might not end on July 1
The ban on commercial international flights might not be lifted on July 1 as originally planned and, if and when the ban is scrapped, business people will likely be the first to be allowed to travel, according to the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT).
— Bangkok Post

Scrapping foreign stake limit ‘will boost Thai aviation industry’
The move to allow wholly foreign-owned companies to manufacture aircraft and aircraft parts in Thailand will boost foreign investment in the country, said Kobsak Pootrakool, deputy secretary-general to the prime minister for political affairs.
— The Nation

Koh Tao luring back tourists with 50-70% discounts
Thai tourists and foreign residents have flocked to the idyllic island of Koh Tao in Surat Thani province this week following phase 4 of lockdown easing and the lifting of curfew.
— The Nation

ACT shake-up ‘prelude’ to reshuffle: PPRP
The abrupt resignation of Labour Minister MR Chatu Mongol Sonakul on Tuesday as leader of the Action Coalition for Thailand (ACT) was a prelude to an imminent cabinet shake-up, according to a source within the ruling Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP).
— Bangkok Post

Prayut urges Thais to stay united, promises to give people a say in policy-making
The government will change the way it works in the new normal by getting more sectors to participate in determining Thailand’s future, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha promised in a televised address today (June 17).
— The Nation

Horse plague almost wiped out, says dept
African Horse Sickness (AHS) has been successfully contained to a limited area, according to the Department of Livestock Development, making the country one step closer to being AHS-free.
— Bangkok Post

Malaysia,Thailand end 24-hour operations at ICQS Bukit Kayu Hitam, CIQ Sadao
Malaysia and Thailand will discontinue 24-hour operations at Immigration, Customs, Quarantine and Security (ICQS) Bukit Kayu Hitam and Customs, Immigration and Quarantine (CIQ) Sadao following reduced volume of heavy vehicles and cargo.
— EdgeProp

Water transport after easing of anti COVID 19 lockdown restrictions
From air to water transportation..Commuters have returned to use more water transport, in the wake of loosening lockdown measures.
— Newsline (video)

Axe falls on six crack DSI teams
Six special investigation teams formed in mid-April to work under the Department of Special Investigation’s Bureau of Financial, Banking and Money Laundering Crime unit have been disbanded, a DSI source said.
— Bangkok Post

Amid Coronavirus Pandemic, Thailand’s Migrant Workers Struggle to Qualify for Aid
Migrant workers stuck in Thailand since the COVID-19 lockdown began in March are facing unclear immigration status and mounting bills even as the government provides some aid for unemployed laborers in the country.

Charter court to rule on Thamanat’s eligibility to hold office
The Constitutional Court has agreed to rule on the qualifications of Deputy Agriculture and Cooperatives Minister Thamanat Prompow over his past criminal record in Australia.
— Bangkok Post

Chula Makes it to World’s Top 100 Universities for Academic Reputation in QS World University Rankings 2021
Chulalongkorn University is listed in the World’s Top 100 Universities for Academic Reputation, according to the QS World University Rankings 2021.
— QS WoW News

Group of 200 Thai students flying back from Sudan next week
The first group of Thai students stranded in Sudan will return to their homeland on June 24, former senator Damrong Puttan said.
— The Nation

Unassisted state welfare card holders to get Bt3,000 handout
Holders of state welfare cards who have not received financial aid through any of the other government campaigns will be automatically eligible for a Bt3,000 handout, director-general of the Fiscal Policy Office, Lavaron Sangsnit, said.
— The Nation

Livestock agency to promote production of cage-free eggs
The Department of Livestock Development is working on new standards to keep laying hens out of cages in a move to make the production of eggs as cruelty free as possible.
— The Nation

BoI adjusts farm perks to promote BCG economy
The Board of Investment (BoI) has approved adjusting investment privileges and conditions for agriculture categories to promote the bio, circular and green (BCG) economy.
— Bangkok Post

Cooking gas discounted for another 3 months
The discount on household liquified petroleum gas (LPG) will be extended for another three months, the government announced on Wednesday (June 17).
— The Nation

Uni student hurls acid at former girlfriend for rejecting him
A student from a university in Songkhla was arrested on Wednesday (June 17) over charges of physical assault and possessing a fake gun after he splashed acid on his former girlfriend because she rejected him.
— The Nation

DPM Prawit instructs officials to optimize mineral resources management
The Deputy Prime Minister has urged that the management of mineral resources must yield maximum benefits, while good governance and public participation must be crucial parts of the process.
— Newsline (video)

Lawmaker Suggests Legalizing Prostitution to Combat Rape in Thailand
Its an open secret that, despite being illegal, prostitution is widely practiced in Thailand.
— Chiang Rai Times

Four candidates submit governor applications
There are four candidates to replace outgoing governor Veerathai Santiprabhob as the Bank of Thailand’s 24th chief, says Rangsan Sriworasart, the selection committee chairman.
— Bangkok Post

Cabinet OKs recruiting of new NBTC board members
The cabinet on Tuesday approved the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry’s request to trigger the process of recruiting new board members of the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission under the existing NBTC Act.
— Bangkok Post

Anger Erupts After 127-Year-Old Colonial Trading Post Demolished
The demolition of a 127 year-old Colonial trading post building in northern Thailand’s Phrae province left Thai people seething with anger on Tuesday.
— Chiang Rai Times

Thai DMCs warn of further job losses as borders remain closed to international travellers
DMC chiefs in Thailand are crying for clear directions on international travel resumption from the Thai government to prevent further job losses in the beleaguered industry.
— TTG Asia

Insurance company honours B1mn payment for Phuket COVID-19 death
The daughter of a 63-year-old woman who died from COVID-19 in Phuket in April has received B1 million from the insurance company that her mother had a COVID-19 health coverage with.
— The Phuket News

Pattaya may limit access to beaches to control crowds, track visitors
Pattaya may limit entry to its beaches to better control crowds and register visitors to better track any coronavirus infections.
— Pattaya Mail

Child development plan to focus on teenage girls
The government is urgently reviewing its early childhood development plan to put more emphasis on girls of a child-bearing age in an effort to stem adolescent pregnancies.
— Bangkok Post

Taiwan to let in Thai business people
Taiwan will from the start of next week ease border controls put in place to prevent the spread of the coronavirus and will allow in business travellers from Thailand and some other lower-risk countries, though they will have to be tested and quarantined.
— Bangkok Post

PM says royal mercy stopped use of lèse majesté law
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has claimed that HM the King asked for no prosecutions under Article 112 of the Criminal Code. However, other laws and extra-legal means have been used to stop anti-monarchy speech.
— Prachatai English

Governorship candidate vetting process begins on June 25
A committee to nominate the Bank of Thailand’s new chief will consider the qualifications of the four applicants on June 25, who will then be required to present their visions on June 29, says a source at the Finance Ministry who requested anonymity.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Civil Aviation Authority and major airlines discuss flight ban and hygiene rules, still no definitive answer on lifting of flight ban
To prepare for the reopening of international flights, today The Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand or CAAT invited all airlines with international flight services, to reach a mutual understanding about observing the new public health measures issued by The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO).
— The Pattaya News

ACT party backs Anek for labour minister
The Action Coalition of Thailand, a five-MP party in the coalition government, will propose Anek Laothamatas for the post of labour minister if there is a cabinet reshuffle, party secretary-general Taweesak Na Takuathung said on Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government releases more details on 22 billion baht domestic tourism campaign and package
The Cabinet today approved in principle three 4-month tourism campaigns worth 22.4 billion baht, aimed at kickstarting the tourism sector running from July to October.
— The Pattaya News

Thai National Security Council still considering emergency decree alternatives
Health and security agencies will consider enforcing existing laws instead of the Emergency Decree for COVID-19 control, after the end of the State of Emergency.
— The Pattaya News

National Park Waterfalls Closes Doors to Foreigners
A national park in the western province of Kanchanaburi became the latest attraction to shut its doors to foreigners.
— Khaosod English

Charter Court to consider Thammanat Prompao’s political status
Thailand’s Constitutional Court has accepted for consideration a petition, filed by a group of opposition MPs, challenging the parliamentary status and ministerial post of Deputy Agriculture Minister Thammanat Prompao.
— Thai PBS News

Teacher sends questionnaire to students asking for their phone passwords and social media accounts
A teacher in Chiang Rai asked students to hand over passwords to their social media accounts and phones.
— The Thaiger

Calls for legal protection in wake of activist’s disappearance
Human rights activists, legal experts and politicians are demanding laws to protect citizens from enforced disappearance while calling on the Thai and Cambodian governments to show responsibility for the disappearance of Thai dissident Wanchalearm Satsaksit.
— Prachatai English

Bangkok woman allegedly kills, mutilates father
Bangkok police have arrested a woman who they suspect of murdering her father and cutting off his genitals before fleeing the scene yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Celebrating 5 new routes for ‘5-month free travels with Thai Vietjet’ on Sky Fun
Here comes good news for travel around Thailand at budget prices as Thai Vietjet announces the addition of 5 new Thai domestic routes to its current flight network, connecting Bangkok (Suvarnabhumi) to Hat Yai, Khon Kaen, Nakhon Si Thammarat, Ubon Ratchathani, and Surat Thani.
— Bangkok Post

If data is the new black, why are insurers still wearing grey?
Insurance companies have a problem with managing data. It’s a powerful blocker to technology development.
— Bangkok Post

Parks Dept. defends dismantling of Bombay Burma building in Phrae province
Thailand’s Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation has apologized to the people of the northern province of Phrae for the recent dismantling of a colonial-style building in Chetawan forest, but claimed the demolition was part of a restoration process.
— Thai PBS News

Korat entrepreneur takes his dining concept to the skies
An entrepreneur in Isaan’s Nakhon Ratchasima province is transforming an Airbus A330 jetliner into a restaurant, hoping his new business will take off after months of being grounded by lockdown restrictions.
— The Thaiger

Ramayana Water Park in Pattaya to re-open on Saturday, June 27
The Ramayana water park in Pattaya, one of the area’s premier attractions, is set to re-open on Saturday, June 27.
— The Pattaya News

Chula still set on demolishing historic shrine – once it evicts caretakers
Chulalongkorn University said it has no plans to abandon a valuable redevelopment project to replace a historic temple with high-rise condominiums.
— Coconuts Thailand

Grounded Thai pilot now does motorbike food deliveries
“I have my motorbike, so I found my part time job. And now I am a food delivery man.”
— The Thaiger

Nightly curfew lifted, illegal motorbike racers back on the streets
Illegal motorbike street racers, known as ‘dek waen’, are back on the road right after the nightly curfew was lifted last Sunday.
— The Thaiger

Walk atop a ‘sea of mist’ when Southeast Asia’s longest skywalk opens (Photos)
The deepest south of Thailand is banking on what it hopes will become a new landmark as the “longest skywalk in Southeast Asia.”
— Coconuts Thailand



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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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