Thailand morning news for June 22

Thailand morning news for June 22
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Suphachai urges post-Covid business sustainability
The Covid-19 pandemic is a wake-up call for private sector reform to gear businesses towards sustainability, according to Suphachai Chearavanont, chairman of Global Compact Network Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Banyin attempts suicide in prison after discovery of failed escape plan
Thailand’s former deputy commerce minister, Banyin Tangphaporn, tried to commit suicide while on remand at Bang Khwang maximum security prison last Friday, after prison officials uncovered alleged plots to kidnap the wife of the prison warden to hold hostage in return for his release and to escape while being taken to the court next Monday, if the first plan failed.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand tiger footage offers renewed hope for big cat population (video)
There is renewed hope for Asia’s wild tiger population with images from camera traps similar to those captured in the video above recording showing tiger cubs in Thailand’s Dong Phayayen-Khao Yai (DPKY) forest.
— AEC News Today

Thailand to turn away from mass tourism, target the wealthy
The government’s tourism-revival strategy is to target big spenders seeking privacy and social distancing in the Covid-19 era, rather than try to attract a large number of visitors, according to Tourism Minister Phiphat Ratchakitprakarn.
— Bangkok Post travel

Five new COVID-19 cases reported in Thailand
Thailand today recorded five new COVID-19 cases, among those in quarantine, after arriving from abroad, but no new fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Prime Minister announces the government’s “New Normal” for post-Covid-19 era
Prime Minister plans to ask various sectors to propose a plan for the country to move forward and to improve citizens’ lives in the coming weeks.
— Prachatai English

CCSA promises reopening of nightlife venues
Thai nightlife will soon be back in full swing as a key member of the virus-fighting state agency on Sunday promised to allow pubs, bars, karaoke parlours and other entertainment venues to reopen their doors.
— Bangkok Post

Keep Supoj off Justice Ministry sub-committee: corruption watchdog
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) on Sunday submitted an open letter to Justice Minister Somsak Thepsuthin, voicing opposition to the appointment of Supoj Saplom, a former permanent secretary for transport, to sit on a sub-committee tasked with studying a project for rehabilitation and development of inmates.
— Bangkok Post

#SaveRome hits Thai twitter trending amidst threats against opposition MP
The hashtag #saveโรม (#saveRome) trended on Friday (19 June) morning to protect Move Forward MP Rangsiman Rome against threats related to enforced disappearances.
— Prachatai English

Covid-19 puts flexible space markets under strain
The global Covid-19 outbreak has had serious negative effects on commercial real estate, including flexible space.
— ThailandBusinessNews

Thailand’s impressive battle against COVID-19 result of decades-long efforts
It has taken Thailand more than 50 years to develop the healthcare system whose strengths shone out in the global fight against COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Baby elephants killed by electric fence in Chantaburi
2 baby elephants have apparently been electrocuted in the Tha Mai district of the eastern province of Chanthaburi, near the Cambodian border, when they touched an electric fence put up by an orchard owner to keep foraging animals out.
— The Thaiger

TAT looks to spur domestic travel
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) plans to launch domestic tourism packages to stimulate travel as the Covid-19 crisis subsides.
— Bangkok Post

Thai commercial banks asked to suspend interim dividends and share buybacks
The Bank of Thailand has asked commercial banks to suspend interim dividend payments for this year and to delay share buybacks, in order to maintain strong capital reserves to help businesses when the COVID-19 situation eases.
— Thai PBS News

All aquatic products in Thailand safe, department assures after panic over virus outbreak in China
Amid widespread concerns that the second wave of coronavirus outbreak in China could spread to Thailand via imported salmon, the Department of Fisheries has assured that all aquatic animal products sold in Thailand are safe from the virus.
— The Nation

Thailand to hold incineration of seized narcotics weighing over 25 tons live on Facebook
The Public Health Ministry set the 50th incineration of seized narcotics weighing altogether 25.3 tons on June 26 and July 13-14 in Ayutthaya province.
— Pattaya Mail

Joining Trans-Pacific group ‘will have no impact on Compulsory Licensing of drugs’
The Department of Intellectual Property has eased public concerns about Thailand losing the the right to Compulsory Licensing (CL) of drugs if it joins the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
— The Nation

Fast-acting Thailand and South Korea hold key to dodging ‘second wave’
The world is bracing for a “second wave” of coronavirus infections.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand to Make Highways Safer with Flexible Rubber Road Barriers
Thailand, home to Asia’s deadliest roads, may have found a way to make its highways safer using rubber while helping the economy in the process.
— Chiang Rai Times

Petition fails against NLA senator picks
The Office of the Ombudsman has dismissed a petition seeking the removal of 90 senators who were members of the now-defunct National Legislative Assembly (NLA), saying it has no jurisdiction over the case.
— Bangkok Post

Banyin moved to solitary confinement amid rumours of escape plan
Former deputy commerce minister Banyin Tangpakorn was transferred to a solitary cell after Bangkwang Central Prison officials learned of an alleged escape plan that involved taking the prison chief’s wife hostage and escaping in a helicopter.
— The Nation

Government assures farmers won’t lose rights under CPTPP
The Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) being weighed by a special committee of the House of Representatives has yet to result in agreement between supporters and detractors as farmers are still concerned about their rights to plant species, prompting the Asia and Pacific Seed Association (APSA) to hold a seminar titled “Will Thai Farmers Lose Out Under CPTPP?”.
— Newsline (video)

Locals unite to oppose bridge over historic canal
Bridge projects are often welcomed by communities.
— Bangkok Post

Small parties make bid for cabinet spot
Seven small political parties have vouched for Mongkolkit Suksintharanon, leader of the Thai Civilised Party, to get a cabinet seat on their behalf if a reshuffle takes place.
— Bangkok Post

Reconciliation, reform commission seeks urgent changes
The government has decided to adjust its approach to national reconciliation and reform in light of current circumstances, looking to adapt laws towards greater efficacy and to open the way for careers by public members.
— Newsline (video)

Supoj’s inmate rehab panel appointment ‘disgusting’
The Anti-Corruption Organisation of Thailand (ACT) says it is opposed to the appointment of former permanent secretary for transport, Supoj Saplom, to a sub-committee developing a project to rehabilitate prison inmates.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand allows laborers to return to offshore jobs
The government of Thailand has allowed thousands of its citizens to return to work overseas as the coronavirus disease-2019 (COVID-19) subsided in some countries.
— Asean Economist

Ex-China defender accepts criticism after 5-1 Thailand defeat
Former China international defender Zhao Peng has conceded that his predecessor Fan Zhiyi’s criticism of a poor performance of his was justified.
— Xinhua

Alro drags feet over Pareena encroachment case
“The Pareena case” is the latest transgression to depict the failure of Agricultural Land Reform Office (Alro) to make sure land plots belong to poor farmers.
— Bangkok Post

Bang Saen to become Thailand’s First Zero Waste Beach
Researchers, environmentalists, and administrators from various agencies are working to earn Bang Saen Beach a badge as a zero-waste beach, after years of being considered a venue known for waste pollution.
— Newsline (video)

Pattaya City Offering 50% Discounts to Attract Domestic Tourists
Thai Tourism and Pattaya city operators have organized the “TAT Hot deal @Pattaya” campaign offering 50% discounts to attract domestic tourists to the resort town.
— Chiang Rai Times

Rubber authority working on ‘hats’ to prevent latex damage during rains
The Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) and partners are developing rubber “hats” to help increase rubber production and promote the industry.
— The Nation

Lay of the land ‘murky’
Sor Por Kor land — the degraded forest tracts that the government gives to poor farmers — has always courted controversy.
— Bangkok Post

Plant breeders back Thailand joining trans-pacific partnership
Plant breeders want Thailand to join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) and suggested that the government fund research.
— The Nation

Panel to probe destruction of ‘heritage’
The Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation (DNP) have set up a committee to investigate the demolition of a 127-year-old building in the northern province of Phrae.
— Bangkok Post

Thai rebels pay a price for coming above ground
After 17 years of fighting that has claimed over 7,000 lives, laying down arms was never going to be easy for Thailand’s Barisan Revolusi National (BRN), the long-standing separatist movement that controls virtually all of the southern conflict’s on-the-ground combatants.
— Asia Times

Police on look out for illegal border crossings
The Immigration Bureau (IB) is gearing up its efforts to prevent thousands of migrant workers from Laos and Cambodia from sneaking into Thailand illegally through natural channels to seek jobs.
— Bangkok Post

Loei to skip popular ghost festival this year
The Phi Ta Khon Ghost Festival will not be held this year, the chief of Dan Sai district in Loei province said on Saturday (June 20).
— The Nation

Former communist base in Phatthalung to become tourist spot
A former base of the Communist Party of Thailand (CPT) is being developed as a new tourist spot in this southern province, Tourism and Sports Minister Pipat Ratchakitprakan said.
— Bangkok Post

Details of two motorways projects being finalised
The Department of Highways has reported progress in two motorways’ operations and maintenance projects, between Bang Pa-in and Nakhon Ratchasima and between Bang Yai and Kanchanaburi provinces.
— The Nation

Ministry to consider tax perks to stimulate retail spending
The Finance Ministry is ready to consider retail operators’ proposal for tax breaks on shopping to stimulate domestic spending, says Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana.
— Bangkok Post

Joint panel to tackle rehabilitation
The government and the private sector have agreed to revive the Joint Public-Private Consultative Committee (JPPCC) as a core forum for the two to work together on solutions for the country’s social and economic rehabilitation after the pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Prawit to be invited to head Palang Pracharat party on Tuesday
Members of Thailand’s ruling Palang Pracharat party will go to Government House on Tuesday to invite Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan to become the new party leader, replacing Mr. Uttama Savanayana.
— Thai PBS News

Thai police seek Interpol help to find Chinese surrogacy agent
Thai police are seeking Interpol’s help to track down a Chinese agent for commercial surrogacy services.
— Thai PBS News

Proposal to re-open nightlife and entertainment industry in Thailand to be presented to decision makers this week
Following a morning meeting between prominent members of the Thai entertainment and Nightlife Industry a proposal for re-opening of entertainment venues will be discussed during full meetings of the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) later this week.
— The Pattaya News

Whistle-blowing army NCO to face desertion charge
Army Sergeant Narongchai Intharakavee, aka “Moo Arm”, who exposed alleged corruption in the Army Ordnance Department, is due to appear before judge advocate officers on Monday, to face a desertion charge for failing to report to work for more than 15 consecutive days.
— Thai PBS News

Six-year old Thai boy returning from South Africa is latest COVID-19 case
A six-year old Thai boy, who returned from South Africa with his mother on June 15th, is the single COVID-19 infection reported today by the CCSA.
— Thai PBS News

Palang Pracharat party wins landslide victory in Lampang by-election
The ruling Palang Pracharat party won another House seat in the by-election in Constituency 4 of Thailand’s northern province of Lampang on Sunday, increasing its majority in the House of Representatives.
— Thai PBS News

PM offers condolences to family of man who dies in quarantine
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his condolences to the family of a Thai man who died from suspected heart failure while quarantined in a state facility.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand announces one new confirmed imported case of Covid-19 in Thailand
The Ministry of Public Health released an update this morning announcing one new confirmed imported case of Covid-19 was discovered in Thailand in the past 24 hours.
— The Pattaya News

31 illegal Cambodian migrant workers apprehended in border town
Thai immigration authorities arrested 3 Thais and 31 illegal Cambodian migrants travelling in 3 pickup trucks in Sa Kaeo, about 200 kilometres east of Bangkok, near the Cambodian border yesterday morning.
— The Thaiger

10 arrested over spreading ‘fake news’ online
10 more suspects have now been arrested for allegedly spreading fake news by officials from the Anti-Fake News Centre.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya Police patrol local beaches, continue to warn for alcohol consumption
Pattaya and Jomtien police and law enforcement continued to patrol local beaches over the busy weekend period and warn visitors that parties and alcohol are still prohibited.
— The Pattaya News

Activists are concerned about unchecked government power during the COVID-19 pandemic
Suwit Kulapwong, head of the Human Rights and Environment Association, warns the state of emergency limits the public’s ability to check the powers of the government.
— Isaan Record

Budget limiting quality of tours
Tour operators are struggling to design tour programmes compatible with the 2,000-baht limit per person for 1.2 million health volunteers subsidised by the government, saying the tight budget may constrain the quality of the tours.
— Bangkok Post

U-tapao International Airport and Eastern Airport City Project contracts signed
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired the signing ceremony at Government House for a Public Private Partnership (PPP) Agreement for the U-tapao International Airport and Eastern Airport City projects.
— Thai PBS News

Thaksin’s legacy overshadows Thailand’s latest political outfit
CARE, Thailand’s latest political outfit, is being presented as an alternative to existing parties and their constant infighting, but in the eyes of political analysts, the group will find it difficult to evolve into a political party with serious impact.
— Thai PBS News

Princess Siribhachudhaporn pleads for help to find her missing dog
Her Royal Highness Princess Siribhachudhaporn has sought help from the public to locate her pet dog, which has been missing from the K9 dog training school at the 41st Air Wing, in the northern province of Chiang Mai, since late Saturday night.
— Thai PBS News

Partial solar eclipse wows Thai skygazers
Skywatchers across the country had a chance to see a partial solar eclipse that passed over the kingdom, a phenomenon that will not reoccur for the next seven years.
— Bangkok Post

Unemployed Chiang Mai teacher arrested for child pornography
Police in Chiang Mai province have arrested an unemployed teacher after finding child pornography on his computers.
— The Thaiger

Injured adventure cyclist rescued in Chon Buri forest – VIDEO
An off-road adventure bicyclist was rescued after a bicycle accident in a forest in Chon Buri’s Banglamung district yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Russian charged with credit card fraud on Koh Samui
Police in Koh Samui, in the southern province of Surat Thani, have arrested a 35 year old Russian man for allegedly using counterfeit credit cards to buy goods on the resort island.
— The Thaiger

Thousands of Thai workers to return to Taiwan
The Labour Ministry has approved thousands of labourers to go to work in Taiwan, as the Covid-19 pandemic subsides.
— Bangkok Post

THAI staff up in arms at benefit cuts
The Labour Ministry will invite the management of Thai Airways International (THAI) for talks over a complaint submitted on Friday to the ministry by the airline’s labour union over unreasonable cuts in work benefits, especially healthcare welfare, according to the labour union.
— Bangkok Post

Remembrances of Red Trauma (29) – Are we what we remember?
In this final part of our series on the tenth anniversary of the political violence of 2010 and its aftermath, we want to capture some of the comments and feedback we received from readers and contributors.
— Isaan Record

Face to Face With 1932 Revolt Leaders, in Their Eternal Rest
The history associated with the 1932 revolution, which ended absolute monarchy in Thailand, might be disappearing one monument at a time, but the final resting place of the revolt leaders remains untouched to this day.
— Khaosod English



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This week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking, June 26.


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).



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He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

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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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