Thailand morning news for June 29

Thailand morning news for June 29
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Thailand morning newsThailand Covid-19 Center to finalize Phase 5 restrictions tomorrow, dismisses criticism on rules being “too strict”
The Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) will on Monday disclose details of the easing of Phase 5 restrictions, due to begin on the first of July, while stressing the need for effective disease control measures to prevent a second wave.
— The Pattaya News

Thai PM proposes three ways to reboot ASEAN economies
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has proposed three methods, which could be used to revive ASEAN economies post COVID-19, during the ASEAN Summit tele-conference on Friday morning.
— Thai PBS News

Prosecutors say it’s police’s duty to find wanted Red Bull heir
Prosecutors have reminded Thailand’s constabulary that it’s the their responsibility to speed up finding and arresting Red Bull heir Vorayuth “Boss” Yoovidhya, who is wanted in a high-profile 2012 hit-and-run case, before the case expires.
— The Thaiger

MEPs call for an investigation into the disappearance of Wanchalearm Satsaksit
Following the recent disappearance of Thai human rights activist Wanchalearm Satsaksit in Cambodia, MEPs Heidi Hautala* (The Greens/EFA, FI), Maria Arena** (S&D, BE) and Daniel Caspary*** (EPP, DE) issued the following statement on Friday:
— Prachatai English

Thai Prime Minister seeks cooperation from ASEAN countries through great challenges
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha presented three steps to sustainable cooperation comprising responsiveness, recovery and resilience in the meeting of the ASEAN Business Advisory Council (ASEAN-BAC).
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand enjoys another day free from new COVID-19 infections or fatalities
Thailand recorded another day without new COVID-19 infections or fatalities on Sunday.
— Thai PBS News

B100bn of recovery projects screened by economic agency
The National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) has screened the first round of 213 projects worth 101.48 billion baht out of a 400 billion baht budget earmarked to help those suffering from the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic.
— Bangkok Post

Big projects facing delays, says Somkid
The Covid-19 pandemic has delayed major public-private partnership (PPP) projects, putting many six to 10 months behind schedule, according to Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak.
— Bangkok Post

AirAsia to resume all domestic operations
Thai AirAsia (TAA) has increased flight frequency and will resume operating to all 23 domestic destinations next month, chief executive Santisuk Klongchaiya said on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Committee responsible for tracking Covid-19 spending says they are being transparent in usage of financial aid funds
A committee of the House of Representatives, tracking spending in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, has invited the Office of the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC) to present a briefing next week, where it will address the need for transparency in the disbursal of aid.
— The Pattaya News

Peasant group’s 1932 revolution commemoration disrupted by authorities
On 24th June, the Southern Peasants Federation of Thailand (SPFT), a peasant movement based in Surat Thani/Krabi Province, southern Thailand, together with the People’s Movements for Democracy of Thailand, organized an online public forum to commemorate the 88th anniversary of the 24 June 1932 revolution, which saw the country transform from an Absolute Monarchy to become a Constitutional Monarchy.
— Prachatai English

CPF brushes up CP Fresh Mart model
Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) is launching a new supermarket concept to support future expansion of existing Fresh Mart mini-markets nationwide.
— Bangkok Post

Survey Says 3 in 5 Thais Want Borders to Reopen
A survey found that Thais are cautiously leaning towards reopening borders for tourists as the coronavirus pandemic appears to be winding down.
— Khaosod English

Thailand low-cost airline ‘NokScoot’ shuts down for good
The board of NokScoot airline resolved to permanently terminate its operation for seeing no possibility of rehabilitation after the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
— Pattaya Mail

Thailand chikungunya cases double in past month
Thailand’s Bureau of Epidemiology has reported a more than doubling of cases of the mosquito-borne viral disease, chikungunya in the country in the past month.
— Outbreak News Today

Govt lays out Bt1.3 trillion national transport plan
A whopping Bt1.3 trillion will be spent to build at least 10 transport megaprojects under public-private partnerships, the Transport Ministry announced on Friday (June 26).
— The Nation

Thailand’s Somkid pushes to kick-start stalled PPP projects
Thailand’s Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak on Friday called on state enterprises to take action after public-private partnership (PPP) projects worth a combined 1.09 trillion baht ($35.3 billion) have stalled due to the Covid-19 outbreak.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Thailand proposes guidelines for COVID 19 crisis in ASEAN
Thailand, during the 36th ASEAN Summit and Related Meetings, has vowed to support the initiative to ease travel restrictions between selected countries.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand’s TPP stance on the line as ex-general heads ruling party
The tug-of-war between Thailand’s economic reformers and hard-liners took a new turn over the weekend with the rise of a former army chief to head of the biggest party in the nation’s ruling coalition.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

NESDC seeking 100 billion for 213 rehabilitative programs
Up to 213 projects, worth a combined 100 billion baht, have been approved to access the 400 billion baht set aside to kick start the Thai economy.
— Newsline (video)

Runoff, mudslides hit upper North
The upper North was ravaged by forest runoff and flash floods on Friday night after heavy rain dumped water in many villages, prompting residents to flee in the middle of the night.
— Bangkok Post

Agencies told to prepare for haze
The Pollution Control Department has warned that seasonal haze in the southern portion of the kingdom is expected to be worse this year due to a drought in neighbouring countries, prompting the Environment Ministry to call on agencies to prepare measures to limit the damage.
— Bangkok Post

Ministry gives relief to parents through discounted school supplies
The Commerce Ministry is offering discounts of up to 80 per cent on more than 1,605 school supplies until July 15 as relief to the parents of some 10.7 million students.
— The Nation

Bidding for Fifth Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge project scheduled for July
A bidding on the construction of the Fifth Thai-Laos Friendship Bridge project is scheduled in July with a winning contractor being scheduled to sign for it in August, confirmed government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat on Sunday.
— The Star Online

Govt mulls extra public debt
The Finance Ministry is weighing the necessity of additional borrowing to offset the budget deficit for this fiscal year and has instructed all tax-collecting agencies to arrange a revenue-collection management plan to boost state coffers.
— Bangkok Post

EEC committee planning assistance for entrepreneurs, labour hit by Covid-19
The Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Policy Committee has said that measures are being planned to help entrepreneurs and labourers affected by the Covid-19 situation so as to boost the economy in the EEC areas, Kanit Sangsubhan, secretary-general of the committee, said.
— The Nation

Thailand, Myanmar Burn $2B In Illegal Drugs
Authorities in Thailand and Myanmar have incinerated more than $2 billion worth of trafficked drugs.
— One America News Network

Thailand’s statues of democracy leaders are disappearing
Certain historical statues have been disappearing in Thailand, but they are not effigies of colonialists or slave owners torn down by protesters.
— Taipei Times

Election of a new ruling party leader, shifts focus now to the future of the economics czar Somkid
A poll published on Sunday shows that Prime Minister Prayut Chan ocha is still the leading choice for prime minister as the ruling Palang Pracharat Party on Saturday elected his ‘big brother’ Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan as its leader.

Two hospitals ready to trial traditional Thai medicine in treating Covid-19
Research has begun in two hospitals on the use of Andrographis Paniculata (AP) to treat Covid-19.
— The Nation

Malls organize shopping festival to stimulate economy
The Mall Group is organizing a shopping festival offering discounts up to 90 percent at six of its locations to stimulate the economy weighed down by the coronavirus.
— Newsline (video)

Corals in lower Gulf of Thailand in great condition, survey shows
The condition of corals in the lower Gulf of Thailand ranged from medium to perfect, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources said on Saturday.
— The Nation

Second act seen giving crisis legs
The crisis is expected to persist for a longer period as a second wave of the pandemic and higher infection rates worldwide come about, weakening major economies despite their monetary stimulus measures, says Krungsri Asset Management.
— Bangkok Post

Malaysia, Thailand Extend Short Selling Restrictions
The SC (Securities Commission Malaysia) and Bursa Malaysia have decided to further extend a ban on short-selling securities in the country until the end of the year.
— Regulation Asia

What will it take for Thailand to recover from the coronavirus pandemic?
While there aren’t many success stories when it comes to dealing with and eradicating COVID-19, Thailand has decidedly bucked this trend.
— Asean Today

Covid-19 outbreak boosts online sales of agricultural products
The Agriculture and Cooperatives Ministry is cooperating with several private sector operators on selling agricultural products, both offline and online, to raise farmers’ income.
— The Nation

Fresh bid to protect online consumers
A group of organisations has called for a centre to take charge of protecting online consumers as they faced no less risk of being scammed than customers in physical markets.
— Bangkok Post

Foreign crew change in Thailand not anytime soon
Crew changes in Thailand are becoming routine, but alas, it’s Thai-only practice, no foreign crew changes permissible, so far.
— Maritime Bulletin

Natural Resources Ministry hires locals to protect forests
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has launched an initiative to hire people from local communities to help protect forests, in a bid to help unemployed people earn income in the COVID-19 ravaged economy.
— Newsline (video)

Famed Thai temple bars entry of foreigners over virus fears
One of Thailand’s major tourist attractions is barring entry to foreigners, professing fear that they could spread the coronavirus.
— Business Mirror

Govt finding ways to avoid oversupply of seasonal fruit in domestic market
The Ministry of Commerce is working with the private sector to relieve stocks of seasonal fruits to prevent domestic oversupply, especially longan whose harvesting period begins in June.
— The Nation

Bangkok-Based Stanford University Student launches to aid COVID-19 Economic Recovery
Change is coming to the small business environment in Bangkok, Thailand.
— EIN News

Bangkok’s coronavirus lockdown fuelled food-delivery wars. Will players survive?
When Thailand closed shopping malls, banned eat-in dining and told residents to stay indoors at the height of the coronavirus pandemic in March, restaurants in Bangkok – where many people forgo cooking altogether for takeaway (glap baan in Thai) – turned to food delivery services.
— South China Morning Post

Tourists urged to beware of jellyfish sting in Krabi national park
Tourists visiting Hat Noppharat Thara–Mu Ko Phi Phi National Park in Krabi province have been warned of various types of jellyfish that sting on average 10 people per day.
— The Nation

Thaicom, CAT go into joint venture to strengthen nation’s telecommunications structure
Satellite operator Thaicom Plc and state telecom agency CAT Telecom Plc announced they have gone into a joint venture to help strengthen the country’s telecommunications infrastructure as well as boost the growth of the digital economy and satellite industries.
— The Star Online

Fruit native to Pak Chong poised for GI stamp
Deputy Commerce Minister Weerasak Wangsuphakijkosol will visit Nakhon Ratchasima province on Friday (July 3) to oveesee the production of “Petch-Pak-Chong Sugar Apple”, a fruit that could be promoted as the province’s geographical indication (GI).
— The Nation

Black Lives Matter debate opens up in Thailand
The Black Lives Matter call to action has come to Thailand, a Buddhist-majority society, which is grappling with discrimination against dark-skinned Thais and against some foreign Black residents who say they personally experience a subtler form of racism.
— The Washington Times

Life coach in the firing line over donations for fighting forest fires
Sean Buranahiran, a famous life coach and social media influencer, could find himself in legal hot waters after a firefighter in Chiang Mai province claimed that they had not received any money from Sean’s campaign for donations to help put out wildfires in Chiang Mai on March 30.
— The Nation

Thailand targets narco millions hidden in gold, steel and crypto
The downfall of a methamphetamine syndicate laundering tens of millions of dollars of drug money through Thai gold shops, oil and construction firms has cast rare light on the staggering scale of Asia’s narcotics profits – and the ruses used to hide them.

Thai Police Say They Have Busted Major Money-Laundering Ring
Police in Thailand say they have broken up a money-laundering ring that transferred a total of 10 billion baht ($323 million), much of it linked to drug trafficking.
— Khaosod English

Man faces four charges for killing elephant in rubber plantation
Police have filed four charges against a man who claims that he had shot and killed a bull elephant in self defence, at a rubber plantation in Kui Buri district of Prachuap Khiri Khan on Saturday.
— Thai PBS News

Bangsaen Beach packed, road access temporarily closed due to crowding concerns
Popular Bangsaen Beach was heavily crowded this morning and early afternoon leading to traffic police and local officials to temporarily close road access to the beach, disappointing many potential visitors.
— The Pattaya News

2 arrested in Isaan for methamphetamines, assets seized
Police in Isaan’s Nakhon Phanom province say they’ve arrested 2 men with 42,000 methamphetamine pills (“yaba”) and 100 grams of crystal methamphetamine (“ice”) in their possession, and seized their assets.
— The Thaiger

1 dead, another injured in Nakhon Ratchasima shootings
One man is dead and another seriously wounded in separate shooting incidents this morning in the Khong district of the northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima, aka Korat.
— The Thaiger

HRH Princess Chulabhorn released from hospital
Her Royal Highness Princess Chulabhorn was discharged from Chulalongkorn Hospital yesterday after successful surgery, according to the Bureau of the Royal Household.
— The Thaiger

Pathumthani police vow to wipe out loan sharks
Police in Pathumthani, north of Bangkok, pledged to eliminate the loan shark network in the area after a borrower was assaulted in the Rangsit municipality and ended up spending 2 months in ICU.
— The Thaiger

Poll – Most people see no one suitable to be Thailand’s Prime Minister
Most respondents to a recent poll say that they don’t see anyone qualified to be their first choice as Thailand’s next Prime Minister, but some chose General Prayut Chan-o-cha as their preferred choice, citing his honesty, his several years of experience in national governance and his straightforwardness.
— Thai PBS News

Vishwa Hindu Parishad Association Thailand helps the needy in Bangkok
VHP Thailand has supported 300 families of Watthana district in the heart of Bangkok with 1500 Kg rice, 300 packets of Pasta grocery. 350 Sets of Bharatiya Snacks and also Face Masks and Water for all.
— The Pattaya News

As democratic revolution gain popularity, state tries its best to stop them
The 24 June 1932 democratic revolution has gained wide public attention on its 88th anniversary. State reaction to the people’s movement celebrating the revolution is based on suspicion and threats, while the military glorify the rebels who tried by force to reinstate the monarchy.
— Prachatai English

Gen Prawit in control of PM Prayut’s political base
It was no surprise that Deputy Prime Minister General Prawit Wongsuwan, Palang Pracharath’s chief strategist, was elected the party’s new chief at its general meeting on Saturday, replacing Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana, who lost his position in the new executive board.
— Thai PBS News

Opinion: Thai Army’s Foolhardy War on History of Democracy
In what is tantamount to a declaration of war on history, the army earlier this week offered offering an alternative narrative of what happened on June 24 , 1932, the day a revolt ended absolute monarchy 88 years ago.
— Khaosod English

Paved over but not forgotten, Thailand’s young rise up for democracy
Campaigns to mark the birth of democratic Thailand almost a century ago appear to be more active this year, as a politically aware new generation calls authorities to account over the disappearance of monuments celebrating of the 1932 Siamese Revolution.
— Thai PBS News

NokScoot budget airline to cease operations
The board of the NokScoot budget airline company has decided to cease operations, due to the unfavourable business environment, stemming from fierce competition in the aviation industry and the COVID-19…
— Thai PBS News

Redshirts Jailed for Protest at King’s Advisor House
The Supreme Court on Friday affirmed the prison sentences of five Redshirt leaders for their 2007 protest at the residence of the late chief advisor to the previous king.
— Khaosod English

1932 Revolt Plaque, Its Fate Unknown, Now an Icon of Activist Fashion
Once a symbol of democracy and later disappeared in mysterious circumstances, a small plaque at the center of Thailand’s modern history is now edging into the purview of popular culture.
— Khaosod English

Cyberboat Now? E-vessel to hit Bangkok waters in August
A lightweight electric boat will be humming along Bangkok’s waterways as soon as August.
— Coconuts Thailand

Huawei, Siriraj Hospital Launch 5G-Powered Medical Delivery
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.
— Khaosod English

Prominent local Pattaya Bar Owner says entertainment rules unenforceable, unprofitable
A prominent Thai business owner, who owns a variety of Thai focused entertainment venues in the Pattaya area, told the Associated Press (AP ahead of the expected announcement on the final rules and regulations around opening bars and clubs in Thailand tomorrow by the Center of Covid-19 Situation Administration. He was not optimistic.
— The Pattaya News

Second jogger poisoned in Nonthaburi park
Officials in Nonthaburi, just northwest of Bangkok, were sent to Makut Rommayasaran Park in the government complex, to survey sites for the installation of more surveillance cameras yesterday, after 2 joggers were poisoned, apparently by someone tampering with their water bottles.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya condo destroyed by blaze – VIDEO
Fire severely damaged a room at a luxury condominium in Pattaya yesterday evening, just before sunset.
— The Thaiger

From Duck to Swan: Thai Kops Ecstatic at Club Championship
Liverpool fans in Thailand are whooping with joy at the news of the club’s long-awaited English Premier League title.
— Khaosod English

Fished from Bangkok canal and sanctified by king, stubborn goddess defied fate for decades
Nearly two centuries ago, when Chulalongkorn was king, a man spotted something stuck in the whirling waters of a Bang Rak canal, back before it was paved over to become Charoen Krung Road.
— Coconuts Thailand

Pattaya Cops Take Aim at Nighttime Gathering in Pandemic
Police in the resort town of Pattaya on Friday said they increased patrol during the nighttime Friday following reports of people hanging out in large numbers on the streets, igniting fears of coronavirus infection.
— Khaosod English



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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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