Thailand morning news for March 6

Thailand morning news for March 6
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Thailand announces compulsory quarantine for arrivals from six places
The Thai government on Thursday announces new compulsory quarantine measure for arrivals from four countries and two territories in a bid to contain the spread of the coronavirus.
— Reuters

Thailand reports 4 new COVID-19 cases
The patients include a 42-year Thai old office worker, who returned from Italy on March 2nd. Another is a 20-year old Thai student who returned from Iran on February 27th and was admitted to hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat after suffering a fever and runny nose.
— Thai PBS News

KBank cuts growth forecast to 0.5% from 2.7%
Kasikorn Research Center (K-Research) has slashed its forecast for the country’s economic growth this year to 0.5% from 2.7%, assuming that the coronavirus spread will wipe 410 billion baht off tourism receipts.
— Bangkok Post

Coronavirus: Thailand begins disinfecting packages sent from abroad, despite WHO’s reassurance
Thailand’s postal services began disinfecting all packages received from overseas on Thursday (March 5) to counter the spread of the coronavirus, although the World Health Organisation has said it is safe to receive post from badly affected countries, like China.
— The Straits Times

Very good air quality in most areas of Bangkok; North sees lower dust levels
People in Bangkok have less to worry about when it comes to levels of particulate matter of 25 microns or less in diameter (PM2.5), as overall air quality in most areas of the capital has improved.

Government establishes COVID-19 management center
A coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) management center has been set up at Government House in Bangkok. Prime Minister and Defense Minister, Gen.

Thailand, US and partner nations join Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise
The Royal Thai Armed Forces, the United States Armed Forces and partner countries have together participated in the Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise, which focused on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.

Industries cut GDP expectations after COVID-19 impact
The global spread of the COVID-19 disease is perceived by the private sector to be a significant setback for both the Thai and global economies.

World Bank says Thai poverty rate increases, farm income slides
Thailand needs to invest in education and create jobs in higher-income sectors, the World Bank said in a report on Thursday (Mar 5) that showed a rising rate of poverty as the country’s economy slowed.

Gov’t Gives Up Part of Prehistoric Cave Painting Site For Mining
An archaeological site in southern Thailand could be demolished to make way for a commercial mining operation, a person familiar with the matter said Thursday.
— Khaosod English

Airlines in Thailand to refund tickets to COVID-19-hit countries
Airlines agreed to give refunds to passengers for air tickets to countries with high risk of Covid-19 infections if they bought the tickets before February 21, said Prime Minister’s Office Minister Tewan Liptapallop.
— Pattaya Mail

Human trafficking report ‘ready’
Thailand has put together a report on its progress in combating human trafficking cases over the past year and plans to submit it to the US Department of State by early next month.
— Bangkok Post

Scientist suggests COVID 19 may become endemic
A health scientist from King Chulalongkorn Memorial Hospital has suggested that COVID-19 may become an endemic disease, after widespread outbreaks in many countries.
— Newsline (video)

Dry factories sound the alarm in EEC
The government is warning that water reserves for the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) are only sufficient until June unless the state finds additional sources to avoid a shortage.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand to produce one million face masks daily to tackle shortage
The government will conduct investigation from retailers to manufactures to determine the cause of face mask shortage in an attempt to solve this problem, said Prime Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha.
— Pattaya Mail

Fitch warns of epidemic’s impact on regional banking sectors
The coronavirus outbreak will hit Southeast Asian banking sectors and cause weaker economic growth, slower credit gains and dampened profitability, with banks in tourism-dependent Thailand and China-exposed Singapore likely to be the most affected, according to Fitch Ratings.
— Bangkok Post

Thai billionaire races to build mask factory in coronavirus fight
Thailand’s richest man looks to build a factory in five weeks to begin production of 3 million hygienic masks monthly, as the country combats the outbreak of the new coronavirus.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Virus hype sparks online surge
People’s engagement through social media and e-marketplace platforms rose sharply from January to February, whipped up by the coronavirus outbreak, says the National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC).
— Bangkok Post

Ex-deputy premier Plodprasop jailed
Former deputy premier Plodprasop Suraswadi was sent to jail on Thursday after appearing at the Supreme Court for his sentencing for abuse of power.
— Bangkok Post

Cobra Gold Training Drill Torments Live Animals, Prompts PETA to Demand Change
Following the release of horrifying photos showing U.S. Marines at the annual Cobra Gold training event in Thailand drinking the blood of decapitated cobras, eating live scorpions and skinned geckos, and even killing chickens with their bare hands, PETA rushed a letter to the commandant of the Marine Corps urging him to end the exercises involving animals immediately.
— PeTA

FAD urged to rethink Khao Yala plan
Conservationists have urged the Fine Arts Department to nullify an order that revokes part of Khao Yala mountain — home to an ancient fresco — as a conservation site in Yala’s Muang district in order to pave the way for a quarry.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand: Process of Direct Talks with BRN Rebels Will Take Time
A new phase of direct peace talks with the most powerful southern rebel group will take time and require support from “all sectors,” Thai officials said Wednesday after government delegates met with BRN insurgents in Kuala Lumpur over two days.
— Benar News

Man in Southern Thailand Hand Digs Water Canal for 17 Years
A man in southern Thailand has successfully completed a kilometer long hand-dug canal after 17 years in the making in Songkhla Province.
— Chiang Rai Times

Lazada lines up niche campaigns
Lazada Thailand, the e-commerce arm of Alibaba in Asean, is gearing up for more targeted marketing campaigns to shoppers this year as the coronavirus outbreak is leading to rising online transactions and more vendors.
— Bangkok Post

Vendors warned on mask price
The Commerce Ministry on Thursday warned that vendors who sell face masks at a price higher than the fixed 2.5 baht per item face a jail term of five years and/or a fine of 100,000 baht.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s foreign retirees see their good life slip away
From the mountains of Chiang Mai to the beaches of Phuket, Thailand has long been a draw for foreign retirees wishing to spend their golden years in tropical bliss.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

SE Asia Stocks-Thailand rises on rate cut prospects; others post slim gains
Thailand shares closed at their highest level in a week on Thursday after lower-than-expected inflation lifted rate cut hopes, while other Southeast Asian markets eked out marginal gains as concerns over the impact of the coronavirus lingered.
— Reuters

Chinese suspects confess to double murder
Two Chinese suspects in the murder case of a Chinese man whose body was found in the Ping River have confessed to killing the man and another woman over online gambling debts.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand, US and partner nations join Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise
The Royal Thai Armed Forces, the United States Armed Forces and partner countries are taking part in the Cobra Gold 2020 military exercise, which this year focuses on humanitarian assistance and disaster relief.
— Newsline (video)

Bangkok Bank to acquire another Indonesian bank after Permata deal: OJK
Thailand-based Bangkok Bank is planning to acquire another Indonesian bank after closing a deal to purchase a majority stake in Bank Permata from Standard Chartered and Astra International for US$2.7 billion, according to the Financial Services Authority (OJK).
— The Jakarta Post

Govt gets low scores for gender parity
The government has been criticised by female activists for restricting their access to justice and silencing rights advocates, ahead of this year’s International Women’s Day which falls on Sunday.
— Bangkok Post

Six places defined as dangerous zones
The government has defined four countries and two territories as dangerous zones and restrictions may follow to prevent the outbreak of coronavirus.
— Bangkok Post

Thai PBS Foundation supports forest fire-fighting efforts
The Thai PBS Foundation has joined the private and government sectors to support the forest fire fighting efforts, of officials of the Department of National Parks, Wildlife and Plant Conservation and public volunteers, by providing them with 300,000 baht’s worth of essential equipment, including 40 fire-fighting blowers, 200 first aid kits, head lamps and 200 water-containing backpacks.
— Thai PBS News

HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presides over the opening of Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2020 Thailand
Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn presides over the opening of Galaxy Forum Southeast Asia 2020 Thailand.

How Prayut government finds itself in a state of flux
Thailand, like many places in the world, is facing a medical and economic crisis brought about by the fearsome COVID-19 virus. Throw in the political uncertainties on both side of the great national divide and the country is in an uncharted and potentially treacherous territory.
— Thai PBS News

March 2020, the Thai month of cancellations
March will end up as the long month of cancellations. With Songkran looming, one of the busiest times for travel in Thailand, and increasingly one of the biggest annual tourist magnets to the Kingdom, cancelling Songkran would take Thailand into unchartered tourism and economic territory.
— The Thaiger

February inflation eases to 0.74%
Consumer prices, a gauge of headline inflation, rose by 0.74% year-on-year in February, boosted by food and non-alcoholic beverages.
— Bangkok Post

Chon Buri’s Bangsaen district cancels all official Songkran activities
Saen Suk Municipality in Chon Buri province, near Pattaya, has cancelled the Wan Lai (Songkran) Festival activities scheduled for April 16-17.
— The Thaiger

RAOT promotes rubber as anatomical model material
In another attempt to increase domestic rubber market demand, the Rubber Authority of Thailand (RAOT) has signed an agreement with the Faculty of Medicine, Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University on development of natural rubber for the manufacture of anatomical models.

Commerce Ministry calls meeting on face mask hoarding
The supply of face masks is reported to be disrupted by panic buy and hoarding. To ensure availability to those needing them, the Ministry of Commerce is enforcing stricter measures requiring those in possession of face masks over a certain quantity to report to the Department of Internal Trade.

Commerce Ministry holds business matching event promoting Thai fruit exports
The global epidemic of COVID-19 has affected Thailand’s fruit exports sector, as trading partners have reduced their orders.

How two coups shaped Gen-Z political beliefs
The past few weeks have seen students reacting to the recent dissolution of the Future Forward Party by sparking off a nationwide resurgence of Thailand’s campus protest movement.
— Thai PBS News

Pattaya Expat arrested for providing false documents to Immigration
Naew Na reported that a 61 year old man from the Netherlands has been arrested in Pattaya for using and presenting false documents.
— The Pattaya News

Kasikorn Bank branch in Laem Chabang in Chonburi closed for 14 days after confirmation that Italian tourist with Covid19 visited it
A Kasikorn Bank branch in Laem Chabang at the International Business Trade Center, was informed by the Ministry of Public Health this morning that an Italian tourist who is confirmed to have the Covid19 Coronavirus visited their location this week after arriving in Chonburi.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand launches new program in which Prime Minister says he will personally help you with your problems
Thailand’s government has launched a new program, called “Have Problems, Consult the PM”, to enable members of the public to voice their grievances and problems directly to their Prime Minister.
— The Pattaya News

SET index rises on rate cut prospects
The Stock Exchange of Thailand index closed at their highest level in a week on Thursday after lower-than-expected inflation lifted rate cut hopes, while other Southeast Asian markets eked out marginal gains as concerns over the impact of the coronavirus lingered.
— Bangkok Post

Students say they were bilked as long distance “technical school” closes
Students of a Thai technical school are crying foul after the “college” shut down without bestowing them with their diplomas.
— The Thaiger

Chinese murderers arrested in Burmese border town
Burmese authorities in Tachileik, bordering Chiang Rai, have arrested two Chinese men wanted for murder in Thailand. Chinese nationals Xiao Xiang Yu and Hu Zheng Xiong are two of four men wanted for the murder of Chinese businessman Wang Jun.
— The Thaiger

Thailand MotoGP rescheduled for October
The Thailand MotoGP that was called off due to the coronavirus outbreak has been rescheduled for Oct 3-4, organisers said on Thursday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai full-moon party cancelled due to COVID-19 fears
A popular full-moon party in southern Thailand known for its raucous revelry has been cancelled because of the coronavirus, an official said Thursday, the latest hit to a tourism industry which foresees a loss of six million visitors this year.

Health minister won’t say why quarantine order deleted, Facebook account inactive
Health minister Anutin Charnvirakul yesterday declined to explain why he removed an order requiring people arriving from 9 countries and 2 Chinese territories designated as high risk areas for the Covid-19 virus to be placed in self-quarantine.
— The Thaiger

Govt to Ask Student Protesters for Views on Charter
An advisor to PM Gen. Prayut Chan-ocha said Thursday that he will invite some student protesters to air their opinions of amending the constitution.
— Khaosod English

Rise of campus activism
Thailand is seeing a sudden rash of campus rallies at universities across the country. Are they really spontaneous or politically engineered?
— Thai PBS News

Former DSI chief Tharit Pengdit gets two years in prison for abuse of power
Thailand’s Appeals Court has overturned the Criminal Court’s acquittal of former Department of Special Investigation (DSI) director-general Tharit Pengdit and sentenced him to two years in prison for abuse of power.
— Thai PBS News

Teacher’s Photo Exhibit Fundraises for Bangkok Charity Kitchen
A Hungarian teacher’s photo exhibition showing next Saturday will fundraise for a local charity kitchen.
— 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.

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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