Thailand morning news for June 30

Thailand morning news for June 30
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Airport usage less than half
Fewer than 5 million passengers have passed through the country’s 28 airports since the beginning of the year.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to allow limited number of foreigners into the country again
Thailand’s CCSA has agreed to reopen the country’s borders gradually, initially for six groups of foreigners and citizens from Japan, South Korea, China, Singapore and Hong Kong.
— Thai PBS News

Govt plans B50bn fund for small firms hit by pandemic
The government will seek cabinet approval next week for a 50 billion baht fund to help small businesses affected by the coronavirus outbreak, Somkid Jatusripitak said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Tax Agency Announces Mandatory Electronic Filing, Payment Due to Coronavirus
The Thai Revenue Department June 25 announced mandatory electronic tax filing and payment effective July 1 due to the coronavirus pandemic.
— Bloomberg Tax

Seven new COVID-19 cases recorded among returnees in quarantine in Thailand
Thailand recorded seven new COVID-19 cases on Monday, all among those in quarantine after returning from India and the United States.
— Thai PBS News

The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has approved extending the Emergency Decree
The Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration has approved the proposal from the National Security Council last week to extend the emergency decree until the end of July.
— The Thaiger

May factory output down 23%
The manufacturing production index (MPI) for May dropped 23.19% from a year earlier, led by lower production of cars, petroleum and air conditioners due to the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, the industry ministry reported on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to lift ban on international flights in July – regulator
Thailand will lift a ban on international flights on July 1, its aviation regulator said on Monday.
— Reuters

Public Health Ministry prepares for the worst once state of emergency lifted
The Public Health Ministry is preparing more than 20,000 hospital beds and 1.3 million doses of medicine to deal with the second wave of Covid-19 infections that may hit the country once the state of emergency has been lifted.
— The Nation

COVID lockdown fails to curtail Phuket road deaths
Tens of thousands of people left out of work leaving Phuket to go home, no tourists, a nightly curfew for nearly three months, an alcohol ban and the deadly Songkran holidays being “postponed” has not stopped 34 people from dying on Phuket’s roads since the start of the year.
— The Phuket News

Thailand Looks Past Pandemic to Build $9 Billion Airport City
Thailand is looking past the pandemic and pushing ahead with a 290 billion baht ($9.4 billion) “airport city” aimed at creating a destination for travel and manufacturing, according to the head of the project.
— Bloomberg Quint

Thai hospital group targets wealthy in tie-up with Chinese insurer
Bangkok Dusit Medical Services, Thailand’s largest private hospital chain, has partnered with China’s leading Ping An Health Insurance in a move to provide wealthy Chinese clients with high-end care when the coronavirus pandemic ebbs sufficiently to allow air travel.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

AirAsia Thailand launches unlimited pass to spur domestic travel
AirAsia Thailand has launched an unlimited pass to stimulate Thailand’s domestic tourism and to boost the nation’s economy.
— The Edge Markets

BMA ramps up plant management in urban areas
Staying with the environment, trees in the capital city are now better managed as the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration is making an effort to equip its staff with more comprehensive ways to take care of plants in urban areas. More details in this report.
— Newsline (video)

EEC Office targets B100bn in annual application value
Despite bearish investment sentiment caused by the coronavirus outbreak, the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) Office still aims to increase investment applications for the corridor by 100 billion baht every year, for a combined 300 billion baht between 2019 and 2021.
— Bangkok Post

Another 6 groups of foreigners to be allowed entry in July
Six more groups of foreigners are set to be allowed to enter Thailand in July, the government’s Centre for Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) announced on Monday (June 29).
— The Nation

Environment Ministry puts in place system to prevent fires at Kuan Kreng peat swamp
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment is working with local agencies to safeguard Kuan Kreng peat swamp from seasonal fires.
— Newsline (video)

Registration for tourism stimulus schemes postponed to July 13
Registration for three domestic tourism stimulus packages – Kum Lang Jai (Encouragement), Rao Pai Tiew Gun (Let’s travel together), and Tiew Pan Suk (Trips to share happiness) – has been postponed from July 1 to July 13.
— The Nation

Thailand artificial rain-making operation plan adjusted as drought looms
The Department of Royal Rainmaking and Agricultural Aviation has adjusted its plans for artificial rain-making operations to increase water in reservoirs across the country and to assist farmers in areas, which could experience water scarcity due to delay in rainfall.
— Pattaya Mail

COVID-19 has increased responsibility of central banks to maintain stability, says Bank of Thailand governor
The central bank has three missions in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic, says Bank of Thailand (BOT) Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob.

Red tape postpones NT launch until January
The merger of state telecom enterprises TOT and CAT will conclude next January, instead of this July as originally scheduled, due to the coronavirus crisis and bureaucratic snags, says the Digital Economy and Society (DES) Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Covid-hit transport business giving away 9 vans for free
An entrepreneur in Surat Thani is giving away nine vans for free after his transport business was hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.
— The Nation

Nightlife to resume, some foreigners allowed in
All night entertainment venues, including wet massage parlours, will open their doors again on Wednesday and some foreigners will be allowed into the country, but not tourists, as virus lockdown restrictions are further eased.
— Bangkok Post

Virus expert thanks 300 ‘heroes’ for donating plasma
Chulalongkorn University expert virologist Dr Yong Poovorawan today (June 29) thanked a number of “heroes who have recovered from Covid-19 and later donated plasma” in the fight against the virus.
— The Nation

Universal Health Care Supports Thailand’s Coronavirus Strategy
Thailand has been relatively successful at containing the spread of the coronavirus. Many say it’s due in no small part to Thailand’s universal health care system.

Thanathorn’s ‘Progressive Movement’ to contest local elections
Thanathorn Juangroongruangkit, former leader of the disbanded Future Forward party, hit the campaign trail in this southern island province on Sunday, announcing his plan to field candidates nationwide in coming local elections under the banner of the “Progressive Movement”.
— Bangkok Post

Social Media And Thailand’s Struggle Over Public Space – Analysis
Political divisions, the economic downturn after 2006, and technological disruptions have enabled authorities in Thailand to limit public space for political discussion and expression.
— Eurasia Review

B.Grimm leases state land for 95-MW Thai hybrid power project
Thai company B.Grimm Power PCL (SET:BGRIM) on Friday signed a lease contract for state land in Thailand’s Rayong Province on which it will build a 95-MW hybrid natural gas and solar power facility.
— Renewables Now

Thailand seeks ‘Covid-19 bounce’ from property investors, upmarket tourists
With sea-view condos and golf courses being perused over video calls from the United States, Hong Kong and India, Thailand’s property market is hanging its hopes on a “Covid-19 bounce” from foreign buyers scouring an uncertain world for a safe haven during the pandemic.
— South China Morning Post

Chinese Jumping at Thailand Elite Card Visa to Escape COVID-19
China’s initial coronavirus outbreak and the current resurgence in Beijing have driven many Chinese to apply for the the Thailand Elite Card.
— Chiang Rai Times

HKSAR gov’t welcomes Thailand’s relaxation of inbound passenger control
China’s Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) government Monday welcomed the government of Thailand’s decision to set up a special travel arrangement for cross-border control with five economies including the HKSAR as a first step in relaxing its inbound passenger control.
— Xinhuanet

Thailand meeting marks progress on borders, relations
Cambodian ambassador to Thailand Ouk Sorphorn met with the director of the Border Affairs Department of the Royal Thai Armed Forces Phay Thurath Lach on June 25 to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic ties.
— The Phnom Penh Post

Grand plans for revamped bus service
The Bangkok Mass Transit Authority’s (BMTA) rehabilitation plan will allow the loss-ridden bus agency to deliver better services and make bus travel a more attractive option for private car users, says transport permanent secretary Chirute Visalachitra.
— Bangkok Post

EECO eyes ‘earth, wind, water, fire’ elements to stimulate East
The Eastern Economic Corridor Office (EECO) has proposed that Bt36.938 billion be earmarked from the government’s Bt1.9-trillion scheme for stimulating the economy in EEC provinces. agencies.
— The Nation

Thailand’s tapioca output forecast to drop in 2020-2021 crop
Thailand’s overall tapioca production for the 2020-2021 crop would be below 20 million tonnes, compared with 20-22 million tonnes in the 2019-20 season, Boonchai Srichaiyongpanich, President of the Thai Tapioca Trade Association, has predicted.
— Vietnamplus

Thailand Gazettes Regulation Exempting Risk Compensation Paid to Combat Coronavirus
The Thai Official Gazette June 25 published Ministerial Regulation No. 366, providing an individual income tax exemption for risk compensation the Ministry of Health paid to officials and third parties to combat the spread of the coronavirus pandemic in 2019.
— Bloomberg Tax

Thailand promotes domestic eggs consumption to offset over supply
The Ministry of Commerce continues to tackle low chicken egg pricing by promoting more domestic consumption, and providing a special subsidy for exports, in an effort to help affected farmers.
— Pattaya Mail

China donates virus-fighting equipment to Thailand
Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha today thanked China for donating a batch of medical equipment to fight the Covid-19 outbreak in Thailand.
— The Nation

Social media star ‘had no permission’ to launch wildfires campaign
Popular social media influencer Sean Buranahiran has attracted more flak over his charity campaign to fight wildfires in Chiang Mai.
— The Nation

Japan welcomes Thai workers
Driven by a shortage of skilled workers, Japan is offering job opportunities in 14 work categories to foreign workers including Thai workers who have undergone occupational training in Japan previously, the Labour Ministry says.
— Bangkok Post

Covid is biggest worry for new school year in Thailand: Poll
As the July 1 opening of the new school year approaches, people are most concerned about measures to protect children from COVID-19, according to the results of an opinion survey by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University or Suan Dusit Poll.
— Khmer Times

The Government call for domestic support to wear Thai textiles
to conserving national heritage, creating employment and grassroots driving economy across nationwide communities.
— Bangkok Post

Narumon unfazed by criticism of new role as Palang Pracharat’s economic team leader
The Thai Government’s spokeswoman, Mrs. Narumon Pinyosinwat, appears unperturbed by doubts being expressed about her capabilities and economic expertise, after she was recently chosen to lead the economic team of the ruling Palang Pracharat party.
— Thai PBS News

‘Deserted as Never Before’ Virus Knocks Thai Tourism Into Comatose
Hotels are shuttered in the dark, bars are closed and empty food carts are seen around Bangkok’s once-bustling tourism associated street.
— Khaosod English

Monument of Siamese Diplomat Stolen in France
The statue of a Siamese diplomat who led the kingdom’s delegation to establish relations with France has gone missing, a charity organization said Monday.
— Khaosod English

Stranded Filipinos fly home from Phuket
A total of 183 Philippine tourists stranded by the Covid-19 lockdown flew home on a special flight from this southern island province on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Prime Minister defends proposal to extend Emergency Decree, dismisses claims that the move is political
At a press conference today from Bangkok Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan O’Cha defended the almost certain to be extended Emergency Decree.
— The Pattaya News

250kg ‘ice’ seized, 3 arrested in South
A combined government force has arrested three suspects following the seizure of 250 kilogrammes of crystal methamphetamine in a drug suppression operation.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Law: FDA to Allow Private Medical Cannabis Production
Reopening its cannabis regulatory platform after months of disruption caused by the coronavirus, the Food and Drug Administration has prepared a draft bill to abolish a 5-year ban on the private sector making cannabis medicine.
— Khaosod English

America’s BLM movement sparks race discussion in Thailand
While the Black Lives Matter movement continues unabated in the US, a broader discussion on discrimination and racism is now being brought up on the other side of the world.
— The Thaiger

Well known YouTuber in trouble over fund raising for forest firefighting
Popular YouTuber and influencer, Shawn Buranahirun, appears to be in hot water, after the chief district officer of Chiang Mai’s Muang district claimed that he does not have formal permission to solicit public donations for forest firefighting operations.
— Thai PBS News

Street artists harassed, followed for highlighting abducted Thai activist
On the wall, a bird character paints a missing person poster for an abducted Thai exile.
— Coconuts Thailand

Many Thai National Parks set to re-open on July First
Natural tourist attractions in many provinces are preparing to open on July 1st, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

Cyber 1112: Thai pizza chain wants to deliver slices by drone (Video)
Chicken Deluxe, Seafood Cocktail or Tom Yum Goong? Whatever type of pizza you want, even plain old pepperoni, them slices could some day fall from the sky thanks to an autonomous aerial vehicle.
— Coconuts Thailand

Romp through a marigold farm for free in Buriram
Traipsing through a field of Insta-ready marigolds on a farm has become the latest reason to head east to Buriram province.
— 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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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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