Thailand morning news for June 26

Thailand morning news for June 26
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Thailand morning newsEmergency Decree extended until August
The government today said it would not suspend the emergency decree in place since earlier this year but rather extend it until August.
— Coconuts Thailand

Survey: 1 in 4 Workers Lost Jobs, Put on Leave in Pandemic
A survey found that a quarter of employees across the country either lost their jobs or were put on temporary leave during the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

Thai vaccine could be ready by ‘early next year’, says Anutin
Thailand may start manufacturing a Covid-19 vaccine by early 2021, said the Public Health Ministry today.
— The Nation

Thailand’s closure biting harder as one airline gets ready to cease operations forever and lays off staff
As one Thai airline begins to wind down its operations, the boss of Thai Air Asia has vowed to visit foreign embassies in Thailand in an attempt to broker air channel deals to get flights between ASEAN countries back into the air again, another airline, NokScoot, is readying to close its doors.

Thailand records one COVID-19 case among quarantined returnees
One new COVID-19 was recorded in Thailand today, among Thais who have returned from abroad and are in 14 day state mandated quarantine. There have been no new fatalities.
— Thai PBS News

Thailand in no hurry to reboot airline travel
A senior director in the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand said [on June 20] that international flights were not likely to resume in Thailand until late September.
— Bangkok Post travel

Thailand seeks return of Myanmar workforce
Thailand is preparing to welcome back Myanmar migrant workers who left the kingdom after losing their jobs due to the COVID-19 outbreak, according to an employment agency group.
— Myanmar Times

Race for new Bank of Thailand chief extended
Authorities have extended the application period for the next central bank governor to seek a wider range of candidates for the job of steering the economy through the coronavirus crisis, the selection committee said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Man gets life for raping young daughter
A 30-year-old man whose wife recently made headlines for allegedly murdering her father and cutting off his genitals was on Thursday sentenced to life imprisonment for raping their 8-year-old daughter.
— Bangkok Post

Activist freed after almost four years
An activist has been acquitted of national security and computer crime charges after being detained for almost four years.
— Bangkok Post

Thai exports hit new low, pandemic to blame
Thailand’s exports have dropped drastically and the Thai Ministry of Commerce blames the coronavirus pandemic for the low levels and the shrinking supply and demand market.
— The Thaiger

Thousands of Jobless Lao Workers Return Home From Thailand in Last Two Months
As many as 3,000 Lao workers have returned home during the last two months, crossing the border from Thailand after losing their jobs amid business shut-downs due to coronavirus fears, sources in Laos say.

Marine tourism likely to face changes in post-Covid world
In the decade prior to the coronavirus pandemic, the number of tourists visiting 26 marine national parks increased dramatically, with the majority of them coming from China.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand considers ‘alternative state quarantine’ for people with financial capacity
At the Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin, M.D., CCSA Spokesperson, responded to the media questions, gist of which is as follows:
— Pattaya Mail

Bangkok Airways to resume additional flights to Phuket from July 1
Bangkok Airways will resume two domestic flights to Phuket starting July 1.
— The Nation

Thailand extends financial relief for affected airlines
Thailand’s second-stage airline relief will include indefinite waivers of parking fees as well as discounted takeoff/landing fees for all airlines operating on Thai soil.
— TTG Asia

Tourism businesses urged to register for national health certification
The Director-General of the Department of Health, Dr Panpimol Wipulakorn, has repeated the call for not just hotels, but all major tourism-related businesses to be accredited through the government’s Safety & Health Administration (SHA) certification.
— The Phuket News

Storms batter four provinces
Summer storms hit the provinces of Phayao, Lampang, Lamphun and Chachoengsao for three days, with seven districts sustaining severe damages, though no injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
— The Nation

Narcotics use spikes over the past year
Thais used more illegal drugs in the past 12 months, with marijuana topping the list as the most widely consumed substance among users, a survey has found.
— Bangkok Post

UNICEF’s Thai Children Donation Project: A Chance for Every Child in Thailand
UNICEF works in over 190 countries and territories to protect the rights of every child; they have spent 70 years working to improve the lives of children and their families.
— Chiang Rai Times

Developers unveil U Tapao Eastern Aviation City plan
Contractors of the U-Tapao International Airport and the Eastern Aviation City have outlined their projects aimed at elevating Thailand as an aviation hub… and the gateway to Asian economies.
— Newsline (video)

PM orders security units to beef up measures around Government House
The Prime Minister has instructed officials to beef up security, amid protests marking the 88th anniversary of the 1932 Siamese Revolution.
— Newsline (video)

Government: regulations being draft for business awaiting next phase
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that the administration is drafting COVID-19 restrictions for entrepreneurs in the businesses that are waiting to be reopened in the next phase.
— Newsline (video)

Thai Prime Minister worries 2nd wave spread at entertainment venues after easing
At the Inner Santi Maitri Building, Government House, following the weekly cabinet meeting, Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha disclosed that he is scheduled to attend the 36th ASEAN Summit and other related summits, hosted by Socialist Republic of Vietnam, via a video conference on June 26, 2020.
— Pattaya Mail

Foreign investors could guide baht direction in the short-term
The baht opened at 30.86 to the US dollar on Thursday morning (June 25), weakening from Tuesday’s close of 30.83.
— The Nation

Thailand plans new ‘defence industry estate’
Thailand’s Ministry of Defence (MoD) is pushing ahead with plans to establish the country’s first defence industrial estate with the aim to boost self-sufficiency.
— Jane’s (blog)

Government injects 300 billion baht to restore agricultural sector
The government has injected 300 billion baht to generate agricultural jobs and income for some 300,000 farmers and to support new generation of farmers, in its bid to restore the agricultural sector ravaged by COVID-19.
— Newsline (video)

State confirms exports likely down 5%
The Commerce Ministry has admitted for the first time the country’s exports may shrink by more than 5% for the year after performance plunged 22.5% year-on-year in May, leading figures for the first five months to drop by 3.71% from the same period last year.
— Bangkok Post

Schools in Chiang Mai, deep South can reopen on July 1
Education authorities in both Chiang Mai and the southern border provinces say that their schools and colleges will reopen on July 1, in line with the rest of the country.
— The Nation

Thai Vietjet Offers sale 50% to Welcome FUN Summer
Celebrating FUN Summer across the Thailand, Thai Vietjet offers 50% ticket discount to allow more chances to travel safely with FUN to the passengers travelling on domestic flights nationwide.
— Chiang Rai Times

Industry agency comes up with scheme to help pull up souvenir makers
The Department of Industrial Promotion (DIP) has come up with guidelines to help souvenir businesses to get back on their feet within three months.
— The Nation

Bangkok ‘mall war’ heats up as coronavirus clouds Thai retail boom
The eastern outskirts of Bangkok were once a marshland known locally as Nong Nguhao, or Cobra Swamp.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

7 in 10 workers in Malaysia, Thailand uncomfortable returning to workplace
Over 69% of workers across all age groups in Malaysia and Thailand said they are not comfortable with returning to their workplaces at the moment, according to the “Return to Work and Back to Business” survey by Qualtrics.
— HRM Asia

Thailand to celebrate ‘Asalha Bucha Day’ and ‘Buddhist Lent’ in July with precautions
For the approaching Buddhist Lent this year, the Sangha Supreme Council is allowing temples to hold religious ceremonies as normal, while the Ministry of Public Health still encourages temples to hold religions activities with precautionary measures against COVID-19.
— Pattaya Mail

DEQP hands out Relief Bags in Nong Khaem communities
The Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP) has dispatched officials to deliver necessities to communities in Nong Khaem district of Bangkok, as the COVID-19 outbreak continues to affect the Thai economy.
— Newsline (video)

More state buses to ply 22 northern routes from Bangkok
The state-run Transport Company will open more routes and add more buses in the northern region in the fourth phase of the easing of lockdown measures.
— The Nation

Thailand offers health front-liners free rooms at five-star beachfront resort in Krabi
Thai medical personnel have been offered free accommodation at a five-star resort in Krabi as a reward for their works in the frontline against COVID-19.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s telecommunications agency, Huawei, Thai hospital launch 5G self-driving car for medical delivery amid COVID-19
Thailand’s National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) has joined forces with a Thai state hospital and Huawei Technologies, in launching an unmanned vehicle using 5G communications to deliver contactless medical supplies.
— Xinhuanet

Japanese investors confirm commitment to Thailand
The Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO) has reaffirmed continuous commitment in investments and other cooperation with Thailand, pledging to help the economy recover after COVID-19 crisis ends.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand, Sweden to collaborate in health, trade, investment and student exchanges
H.E. Mr. Staffan Herrström, Ambassador of Sweden to Thailand paid a courtesy call on Thai Prime Minister at Government House, praising Thailand for effective control of the Covid-19 outbreak.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand’s ‘youthquake’: Activism in the time of COVID-19
Hope for political change in Thailand has grown stronger in 2020 after a wave of student protests across the country followed the constitutional court’s dissolution of the opposition Future Forward Party.
— Global Voices

Thai hotels that survived the pandemic now face a price war
Thai hotels have resumed operations after the government gradually eased lockdowns imposed over the novel coronavirus pandemic.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thai businesses urged to tap China’s growing online market
The government is urging Thai businesses to increase exports by finding Chinese online channels to sell their products.
— The Nation

Foreigners Stranded in Bangkok Share Experience of Life in Pandemic
The coronavirus pandemic affects every life in Thailand, including foreigners who either live here or came to the Kingdom as visitors.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok’s new landmark, Chao Phraya Sky Park, opens to the public
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has formally opened a new landmark, the Chao Phraya Sky Park, which straddles the Chao Phraya River, linking Bangkok with its sister city, Thonburi.
— Thai PBS News

Supreme Court’s verdict on 5 UDD core members expected Friday
Unless there is another postponement, tomorrow (Friday) the Criminal Court is due to read the Supreme Court’s verdict in the cases of five core members of the red-shirt movement, officially known as the United Front for Democracy against Dictatorship (UDD), for their alleged roles in the violent siege in 2007 of the Ban Sisao Thewet government guesthouse, which is the former residence of late Privy Council President General Prem Tinsulanonda.
— Thai PBS News

Baby elephants abused to “break” them for tourism- VIDEO
The plight of Thailand’s many elephants has made plenty of headlines since the beginning of the Covid-19 outbreak in January, especially in the North, where the many elephant camps and “sanctuaries” were a major draw for tourist revenue until the Emergency Decree and travel ban forced many to close.
— The Thaiger

Surat Thani “cockle wars” are over, says navy chief
The chief of the Royal Thai Navy says local figures wielding influence are being “neutralised” and the disruptive, sometimes violent dispute between cockle farmers and local small-boat fishermen is drawing to an end.
— The Thaiger

Popular Life Coach Under Fire for Endorsing Big Pom
Netizens are lashing out at a social media influencer who seemingly heaped praises on the scandal-ridden Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, calling the general “sweet.”
— Khaosod English

Ambulance explodes just before patient is loaded
An ambulance exploded in front of a Central Thailand hospital just moments before a patient was being moved into the vehicle.
— The Thaiger

1932 Coup Inspires Young Protesters to Question Official History
The revolution that introduced democracy to Thailand may have taken place almost a century ago, but for many young people, it’s as new as yesterday.
— Khaosod English

Mum Pattaya continues to help the needy in Pattaya, but needs your help
Mum Pattaya, located in the Soi Buakhao area, have been providing for the needy in Pattaya for weeks and weeks, continuing their current charity support even though many other venues have exhausted their funds.
— The Pattaya News

Activists Say Cops Stalk Them on Revolt Anniversary
Several anti-government activists said Thursday they were followed by what they believed to be plainclothes officers for their activities on the anniversary of the June 24, 1932, democratic revolt.
— Khaosod English

Thai Vietjet helps bring home 69 repatriated Thais from Vietnam
Last night, Thai Vietjet operated another special repatriation flight to bring home Thai citizens stranded in Vietnam.
— The Pattaya News

‘Benz Racing’ among arrested street racers
Eight street racers, one of them Akarakit Benz Racing Worarojcharoendet, were arrested and six motorcycles seized in the Vibhavadi-Rangsit area of Bangkok in the early hours of Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Saraburi man arrested for firing at radio station, fleeing in stolen pickup
Police in the central Saraburi province, about 120 kilometres northeast of Bangkok, arrested a man early today for allegedly firing a gun at a radio station and stealing a pickup truck in which he fled.
— The Thaiger



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


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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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