Thailand morning news for March 2

Thailand morning news for March 2
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Thailand morning newsFirst COVID-19 related death in Thailand
A medical panel, from Thailand’s National Infectious Committee, will determine the exact cause of the death of a COVID-19 patient, who contracted dengue fever prior to becoming infected with the coronavirus.
— Thai PBS News

BoT warns of GDP growth below 1%
The Bank of Thailand says the economy is likely to expand by less than 1% in 2020 if the coronavirus outbreak lasts throughout the year, says a central bank senior official.
— Bangkok Post

Chiang Mai to see passenger numbers fall by 40% in wake of virus fears
The numbers at Chiang Mai’s international airport will fall 40% to 3.5 million in the first six months of this year if the outbreak of Covid-19 coronavirus drags on until the middle of the year.
— The Thaiger

Mask supplies only for govt hospitals: minister
The Public Health Ministry is only responsible for supplying face masks to hospitals run by the ministry, said Deputy Prime Minister and Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

Bangkok Airways (PG) has announced it will take extensive cuts in staff and operating costs to cope with the downturn in business due to the novel coronavirus outbreak.
— Airways

King Power closes branch linked with coronavirus death
King Power Group has temporarily closed an outlet linked with a salesman who was infected with the coronavirus and later died, the duty-free giant said on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Government House increases anti-virus measures
Workers fumigated the Government House and its compound today, as part of escalated preventive measures in the wake of rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Chiang Mai has the world’s worst air quality for second straight day
Virus or no, you may want to wear a mask if you’re in Chiang Mai today; as of 1:36pm, has rated air quality there the worst in the world for a second day.
— The Thaiger

Thai Health Ministry announces the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case
Thailand’s Ministry of Public Health today announced the country’s 42nd confirmed COVID-19 case, as health officials attempt to trace his family, colleagues and anyone else with whom the patient has been in recent contact, so they can be screened.
— Thai PBS News

Passengers from Sapporo asked to report to health officials
Thailand’s Disease Control Department has stepped up efforts to locate some of the passengers who travelled on flight XJ621, from Japan’s Sapporo to Bangkok, on February 20th, because 2 of their fellow passengers are now confirmed infected with the COVID-19 virus.
— Thai PBS News

Health minister concerned over potential COVID-19 spread at mass rallies
Thailand’s Public Health Minister Anutin Charnvirakul has expressed grave concerns over the prospect of a rapid spread of COVID-19 if thousands of people gather together at an event like a protest rally.
— Thai PBS News

Man diagnosed with dengue, COVID-19 dies in Thailand
A man who was diagnosed with dengue and COVID-19 has died in Thailand, director-general of the Department of Disease Control Suwanchai Wattanayingcharoen said on Sunday (Mar 1).

Man arrested for gunshots at Nontha Buri mall “to intimidate his wife”
In a further development to a story the Thaiger reported earlier, a Thai man has been arrested for firing a gun on Friday at the Central Plaza shopping mall in Nontha Buri, just outside of Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Students say they’ll increase protests until PM stands down
About 700 students joined a rally last night in front of the auditorium at Bangkok’s Kasetsart University, vowing to escalate their protests until the government of Prime minister Prayut Chan-o-cha steps down.
— The Thaiger

Few twists and turns as Prayut government survives censure
The Prayut government has passed its first test of confidence with an overwhelming number of votes, but the aftermath of Thailand’s first no-confidence motion in six years has served up some interesting surprises.
— Thai PBS News

Banks start installing thermal scanners to detect COVID-19 infection
A number of commercial banks have taken the precautionary measure of installing thermal scanners to check the body temperatures of bank visitors, for the safety of their staff and customers in wake of rising concerns over the spread of COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Future Forward leader urges MPs to stand by protesters
Thanathorn Jungroongruangkit is calling on MPs from the dissolved Future Forward Party (FFP) to support students and other protesters staging rallies against the government.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand raises threshold to 1 million US dollars for repatriation
The Bank of Thailand has relaxed foreign exchange regulations by increasing the threshold for proceeds that do not need to be repatriated from current $200,000 to USD 1,000,000 .
— Thailand Business News

Thailand losing at least 3 million foreign tourists
Hit by the Covid-19 outbreak, Thailand’s tourism industry has seen a big drop of at least three million foreign tourists.
— Pattaya Mail

Probe into ‘virus death’
Doubts have been raised over the cause of death of a Thai man who was initially diagnosed with Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand blocks WTO in cigarette case
Thailand has blocked the adoption of the agenda of the WTO Dispute Settlement Body during a recent meeting in a bid to prevent the body from granting the Philippines the right to retaliate against it in a 12-year old dispute that Manila won.

NSC plays up worry of ‘third hands’
The National Security Council (NSC) has warned student protesters not to take their anti-government campaigns to the streets, saying they risk being manipulated by “third hands” who wish to see demonstrations lead to unrest.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Constitutional Court dissolves another major party
When a high court dissolves a popular political party, bans its executive committee from electoral politics for 10 years, confiscates party funds and raises the prospect of its leaders being jailed, it is natural to assume that the party has committed a heinous crime.
— East Asia Forum

Finance Ministry to readjust 2020 GDP from COVID 19 consequences
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has indicated that the Thai economy in January showed positive signs, due to the growths in the export sector, durable goods consumption in the private sector, and sales figures of personal vehicles.
— Newsline (video)

PTT to raise GDP with 900 bil baht investment
PTT Plc. is planning to invest some 900 billion baht to help raise the GDP by 0.2-0.3%, to provide a record 62.5% dividend from last year’s net profit for shareholders and to cut the LPG price for low-income earners until the end of June.
— Newsline (video)

PM Prayut and five cabinet ministers receive vote of confidence
The Prime Minister and five Cabinet ministers survived the no-confidence vote in the House of Representatives at the end of the four-day censure debate, which ran for 53 hours.
— Newsline (video)

2020 Digital Fund receives over 400 proposals as approval being expedited
The Digital Economy Fund was set up in 2017 as required by the Act on Digital Development for the Economy and Society.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand: Drought and disease menace job prospects
Thailand’s employment is projected to face numerous risks this year, with widespread drought, poor exports, the delay of the fiscal 2020 budget and the outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) weighing on jobs.
— Vietnamplus

Commerce Ministry backs domestic sales of fruit to offset China export blockage
The Ministry of Commerce has prepared measures to support the sales of fruit in Thailand, after the coronavirus situation cut exports to China.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand looks to clear Bangkok’s polluted skies with giant railway linking China, Singapore
A city famous for traffic jams is looking to solve its congestion and pollution woes by building a massive train station and overhauling its rail network.
— The Straits Times

Campaign against violence in Narathiwat
A group of people in tambon Kayo Mati, Bacho district, on Sunday morning staged a march in a campaign against violence after a bombing incident that killed one ranger and wounded five others on Friday.
— Bangkok Post

Caviar producing village From low fish consumption to fine delicacy
A village in a secluded part of Chiang Mai province once lived in poverty with damaged forest land and insufficient food supply.
— Newsline (video)

Prawit’s watch disclosure case goes to court
The Central Administrative Court has accepted a petition filed by an online news outlet against the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) for refusing to give it details of the case in which Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon was accused of failing to declare some assets.
— Bangkok Post

In pictures: Cobra Gold military exercise in Thailand
US Marines rest on top of amphibious assault vehicles during the joint Cobra Gold exercise in the coastal Thai province of Rayong.
— Gulf News

Thammasat University to collaborate on new ‘smart city’
Universities and their buildings and infrastructure are more than just the physical space where students and their professors meet for lectures.
— Bangkok Post

Pattaya City disinfects Walking Street, Soi 6 , City Hall, schools, malls etc. To help prevent Covid19 Coronavirus, officials reiterate there are NO cases in Pattaya
Pattaya City officials, led by Deputy Mayor Mr. Manot Nongyai, have been busy the past several days with multiple disinfectant, antiseptic and fogging companies disinfecting major parts of the city to make tourists, expats and residents feel safer from any potential out break of the COVID19 Coronavirus.
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya ladyboy attacks American tourist with sodium hydroxide
Pattaya police announced the arrest of a transgender suspect who allegedly attacked an American tourist with sodium hydroxide over the weekend.
— The Thaiger

Temperatures to rise in the North, storms predicted
Temperatures in the upper parts of Thailand are predicted to creep upward, due to a a heat lower pressure cell covering the North.
— The Thaiger

Virus forces Thai footballers to play behind closed doors
All Thai League matches will be played behind closed doors throughout March, the Football Association of Thailand (FAT) announced on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Storm warning for upper Thailand March 3-5
A high pressure system from China will from Tuesday move over upper Thailand, where hot weather prevails. As a result, there willl be summer thunderstorms in this part of the country during March 3-5, according to the 5am forecast by the Thai Meteorological Department on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Lawmakers propose special sitting of parliament to consider student protests
Government MPs and a senator have separately proposed a special parliamentary session be convened in the light of the student flash mobs occurring across the country.
— Thai PBS News

Surin teacher faces severe punishment for selling teen girls for sex
A 51 year old local schoolteacher in Thailand’s northeastern Surin province, near the Cambodian border, was among the owners of three karaoke bars caught selling the sexual services of underaged Thai girls this week.
— The Thaiger

Innovators arrive in Bangkok
Innovators from around the world are arriving in Thailand this weekend for the Ispim Connects Bangkok 2020 conference that opens on Sunday and runs until Wednesday.
— Bangkok Post

Opinion: Thanks to Faltering Economy and Years of Repression, the Youth is Now Awake
Call it the last straw, the turning point, or the butterfly effect – a new generation of young Thais are now awakened.
— Khaosod English

Trade exhibitions shuttered by outbreak
Trade exhibitions, once a growth driver for tourism, are in retreat as events are cancelled or postponed in response to the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Park insists its closure is temporary
Executives of Legend Siam, a 4-billion-baht theme park in Chon Buri, admit the park has been forced to shut down due to the Covid-19 outbreak, but insist it’s only temporary.
— Bangkok Post

NESDB’s proposal for Thailand’s Generation Y
Concerned with the easy-going lifestyle of Thailand’s millennials, or Generation Y, and their ability to support efforts to drive the country forward over the next two decades, Thailand’s National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB) has proposed a support system to encourage them to change their lifestyle to be more pro-active, more socially responsible and more enthusiastic about developing their career paths.
— Thai PBS News

Pheu Thai MP says vote following censure debate is illegitimate
A Pheu Thai MP has claimed that the vote, which was taken today on the censure motion, is illegitimate because the Opposition had not completed its debate, with Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda still unchallenged, and the absence of a closing statement from the Opposition.
— Thai PBS News

Thai tour guide from S Korea confirmed as new COVID-19 case
The Thai Ministry of Public Health today reported an additional COVID-19 case, bringing the total confirmed cases in the country to 41.
— Thai PBS News

Five opposition MPs vote for General Prawit after censure debate
Three Seri Ruam Thai MPs and two from the opposition Pheu Thai party have broken ranks to vote for Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan, giving him more approval votes than Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha and the four other ministers.
— Thai PBS News

Police Warn Students Not to Touch the Monarchy
A police spokesman on Friday said students must leave the monarchy out of their protests against the government of PM Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Khaosod English

Celeb Under Fire After Saying Student Protesters are ‘Manipulated’
Netizens on Friday are calling for a boycott on one of Thailand’s foremost actors after he suggested students were “manipulated” to join the ongoing wave of anti-government protests.
— Khaosod English

Piyabutr claims ex-Future Forward MPs duped by Pheu Thai
Former Future Forward party secretary-general Piyabutr Saengkanokkul has revealed what he claims to be how MPs of the defunct party were cheated of their debating time by the core opposition party, Pheu Thai, leaving them unable to censure Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and Interior Minister Anupong Paochinda on Thursday.
— Thai PBS News

New push to shut down rubber factories in Udon Thani after seven years of agony
Local activists are launching a new effort to shut down for good a rubber factory and its processing plant that have been affecting 12 villages in Udon Thani.
— Isaan Record



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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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