Thailand morning news for May 27

Thailand morning news for May 27
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Thai government extends state of emergency until end of June
Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June.
— Thai PBS News

China-Thailand Railway Agreement to be Signed in Oct.
The Contract 2.3 for the Bangkok-Nakhon Ratchasima high-speed railway between Thailand and China is likely to be signed in October, said Thai Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob on Monday.
— Khaosod English

Thai state to provide 3,000 baht cash subsidy to 13 million in a “fragile group”
Citing health security, the Thai Cabinet today approved the CCSA’s proposal for an extension to the nation-wide state of emergency for another month, to the end of June.
— Thai PBS News

Thamanat targeted for impeachment over Australian criminal record
The Move Forward Party will seek the impeachment of MP and Deputy Agriculture Minister Thamanat Prompaw over his criminal record in Australia, a party spokesman said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Government denies opposition party claims that emergency decree extension is political
The Thai Government and Prime Minister Prayut Chan-O-Cha has denied claims from the primary opposition party, Pheu Thai, that the extension of the emergency decree is political in any way.
— The Pattaya News

UPDATE: ‘Bleach mum’ was the maternal mother of sick boy
Today local Thai media report the latest update about the women allegedly forcing her children to drink bleach.
— The Thaiger

Hopeful signs on potential openings of Chonburi beaches in June
The Mayor of Saen Suk, which contains the popular Bangsaen beach, made a post on his Facebook this week stating that the beach “may” open to the public as early as Monday, June first.
— The Pattaya News

No role for Transport Ministry in Thai Airways rehab plan
After initially insisting on having a say in the management of the rehabilitation plan for the beleaguered Thai Airways, the Ministry of Transport has conceded that, with its holding in the airline reduced to less than 50%, it no longer has any jurisdiction over what is now a listed public company.
— The Thaiger

Thai doctor faces charges for involvement in cross-border surrogacy racket
Anti-human trafficking police have summoned a Thai doctor to acknowledge charges of involvement in a Chinese-funded cross-border surrogacy service, using Thai women to bear babies for Chinese couples. The police…
— Thai PBS News

Brakes put on airport transfer plan
Deputy Transport Minister Thaworn Senneam has put the brakes on a plan to transfer four airports under the supervision of the Department of Airports (DOA) to the Airports of Thailand (AoT) Plc to manage, saying a thorough study is necessary to avoid legal problems and benefit the public.
— Bangkok Post

Court accepts THAI rehabilitation filing
The Central Bankruptcy Court has accepted Thai Airways International Plc’s request for rehabilitation, effectively protecting it from attempts by creditors to collect debts.
— Bangkok Post

Dengue fever sickens 1,034 in Korat, two deaths
An outbreak of dengue fever has killed two people and sickened more than 1,000 others in Nakhon Ratchasima since the start of the year, but the Covid-19 situation is under control, the provincial health chief said.
— Reliefweb

Government, Opposition MPs each receive 22 hours for Loan Decree Debate
The government and the opposition will deliberate three executive decrees involving loans to cushion the adverse impact of COVID-19 in 22-hour debate sessions spanning over five days.
— Newsline (video)

Tourism and Sports Ministry seeks to lift domestic lockdown
The Tourism and Sports Ministry wants the Covid-19 Situation Administration (CCSA) to lift the domestic tourism lockdown starting in June, as the industry prepared for new national safety and health standards with almost 1,500 operators applying for certification.
— Bangkok Post

Finance Ministry prepares third phase of COVID-19 relief package
The Ministry of Finance is now preparing another assistance program for those who are affected by COVID-19, in addition to the already implemented state campaign to provide a 5,000 baht monthly stipend for three months for people and farmers, as well as the program to suspend loan payments.
— Newsline (video)

Thailand to consider membership in Asia-Pacific trade pact in a month
Thailand’s cabinet has agreed to set up a committee to consider whether Thailand should seek membership in an Asia-Pacific trade agreement after widespread opposition last month amid concerns joining the pact may harm the agriculture industry.
— Reuters

Thailand’s National Security Council considers a reduction of curfew
Thailand’s National Security Council (NSC) convened a meeting on Monday to assess the security situation amid COVID-19 pandemic.
— Pattaya Mail

B39bn for handouts gets nod
The cabinet yesterday agreed to set aside 39.42 billion baht to finance a new cash handout programme designed to help 13.14 million people considered extremely vulnerable to the economic hit of the Covid-19 crisis.
— Bangkok Post

Migrants take hardest virus hit
Migrant workers in the kingdom have been hit hard by the economic impact of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Investment Opportunities in Thailand
Thailand has long been a key gateway into economic powerhouses, such as China and India, as well as fast-growing countries in the Indochina and Greater Mekong subregion.
— Asean Briefing

NESDC okays guideline for B400bn rehabilitation
The state planning unit, the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC), on Monday approved a guideline for the 400 billion baht slated for economic and social rehabilitation under the government’s 1.9-trillion-baht relief measure to soften the economic blow from the deadly virus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

PH issues temporary ban on importation of domestic and wild horses from Thailand
The Philippines has issued a temporary ban on the importation of domestic and wild horses from Thailand amid reports of an outbreak of African horse sickness.
— PTV News

Thailand Hopes Domestic Tourism Will Save Post Covid-19 Economy
Thailand plans to boost domestic tourism in the third quarter to help support the struggling economy as the covid-19 hinders global travel.
— Chiang Rai Times

Labour, Social Ministries help underserved communities in Bangkok
The government is now conducting surveys on unemployed persons to collect information on their necessities, in order to provide appropriate job opportunities and training.
— Newsline (video)

Thai vaccine ‘not about making money’
A researcher leading Thailand’s push to manufacture a coronavirus vaccine says its aim is to make it cost-effective and accessible to Southeast Asia, and play a part in preventing a supply shortage globally.
— Bangkok Post

Monsoon prevails across Thailand and Andaman Sea this week
Monsoon lies across Myanmar and Laos to the low-pressure cell over Vietnam while the moderate southwest monsoon prevails across the Andaman Sea and Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Government urges members of the public to continue to use ‘Thai Chana’
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has urged members of the public to log their activities in the Thai Chana online platform, in order to help the administration to monitor the COVID-19 situation.
— Newsline (video)

Fire hits Sangkhlaburi market
A fire broke out at the fresh market in the Tambon Wang Ka Municipality in Sangkhlaburi district on Tuesday morning, causing about 30 million baht of damage. There were no casualties, police said.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand’s unsung Covid-19 success story
When a Chinese tourist was diagnosed with the Covid-19 coronavirus on January 13, the first known infection outside of China before the disease made its fatal global sweep, Thailand would have seemed a likely locale for mass contagion and mortality.
— Asia Times

Cyclone Amphan boosts water levels in east Thailand reservoirs
Prime Minister and Defense Minister Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha acknowledged the report of Office of National Water Resources (ONWR) about the influence of Cyclone Amphan over Thailand during May 18-22 which has resulted in the increase of water level at the reservoirs in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) area: in Chonburi province, 1.72 million cubic meters, and Rayong province, 6.28 million cubic meters.
— Pattaya Mail

Committee to weigh up Asia-Pacific pact
The cabinet has agreed to set up a panel to consider whether Thailand should sign up to a controversial Asia-Pacific trade agreement, amid widespread concerns doing so may harm the agriculture industry.
— Bangkok Post

Some People in Thailand Becoming Reckless Over COVID-19 Prevention
A recent survey has found that many people in Thailand have become reckless in protecting themselves against the covid-19 coronavirus disease Even more when it comes to personal hygiene when eating newly cooked food and using personal spoons.
— Chiang Rai Times

Order OTOP products at “OTOP Today” to help community entrepreneurs across Thailand
It is undeniable that the Covid-19 pandemic has been causing economic recessions around the world, including Thailand where manufactures, OTOP entrepreneurs and tourism communities are most severely affected.
— Bangkok Post

Quarantine hotel graft probe taps 6 suspects
At least six people have been implicated in a kickback scandal involving state quarantine contracts and are being investigated by police, said the Defence Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

China delivers 100,000 face masks to Khon Kaen
China has given 100,000 face masks for distribution to officials and ordinary people in this northeastern province to contain the coronavirus outbreak.
— Bangkok Post

Woman gives birth at Covid-19 checkpoint
A woman gave birth to a baby boy at a Covid-19 checkpoint in Muang district while on the way to hospital early on Tuesday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Panasonic continues to use Thailand as its production base
Panasonic Corporation continues to use Thailand as its production base because it plans only partial relocation to Vietnam, Industry Minister Suriya Jungrungreangkit said.
— Pattaya Mail

Brazil to begin exporting beef to Thailand: Ministry
Thailand has agreed to take imports of Brazilian beef, Brazil’s Agriculture Ministry said on Monday, the second agricultural deal the two countries have reached in two weeks.
— The Business Times

PM looks to bolster SMEs
The government has come up with fresh measures, including quotas under procurement projects to buy products and services from small- and medium-sized (SMEs) enterprises to help alleviate the hit from the Covid-19 crisis, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said.
— Bangkok Post

THAI files rehabilitation petition with Central Bankruptcy Court
Beleaguered Thai Airways International today (Tuesday) filed a bankruptcy protection petition with the Central Bankruptcy Court in Bangkok.
— Thai PBS News

Packaging, technology and water: Three key areas of focus for Thai food firms to survive COVID-19
Food and beverage companies have been advised to concentrate on packaging, technology and water use to help maintain production during and thrive after the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, in the wake of a near 5% drop in exports.
— Food navigator-asia

Thai Army and Public Health Ministry to screen hotels for state quarantine, investigating alleged kickbacks
Following a discussion with the Eastern Thai Hotel Association, the Ministry of Defence has confirmed a report that some hotels designated as state quarantine facilities paid a commission, and the hotels will be screened more thoroughly.
— The Pattaya News

True Online Admits Blocking PornHub in Thailand
True Online said Monday it restricted access to PornHub website, drawing ridicule from netizens.
— Khaosod English

Five students arriving from Saudi Arabia test positive for coronavirus
Five Thai students, returning from Saudi Arabia via Malaysia, have tested positive for COVID-19.
— Thai PBS News

Foreigner Found Dead In Koh Phi Phi National Park
Police said Tuesday they’re trying to identify a body found off the coast of Koh Poda in the south.
— Khaosod English

Woman charged after abandoning cats at Wat Pho
A Bangkok woman has been fined after she tossed five bags, each containing a cat, over a wall and into Wat Pho on Sunday evening.
— The Thaiger

Thai man refusing to wear mask at Naklua market goes viral on social media, sparks online debate
A clip and photos of a Thai man, believed to be in his fifties, refusing to wear a mask at a popular Naklua market went viral on social media this morning.
— The Pattaya News

Thailand receives first shipment of avocados from Peru
Westfalia Fruit Peru is celebrating the arrival of its first avocado shipment in Thailand. Despite logistical challenges around the world in a very difficult time for trade, Westfalia Fruit continues to work hard towards promoting food security around the world.
— Fresh Plaza

Murder suspect surrenders after clash with police
A man suspected of murdering a rival in Phipun district of this southern province surrendered to police on Tuesday after being wounded in a brief firefight.
— Bangkok Post

Remembrances of Red Trauma (13) – Lessons from the 2010 crackdown
On the occasion of the tenth anniversary of the crackdown on the Red Shirt protests in May 2010, and as part of the special series “Remembrances of Red Trauma,” The Isaan Record held an online panel discussion last week.
— Isaan Record

Drug courier caught making large delivery
A man seen tossing a black plastic bag from his car onto the roadside was later stopped and searched, and more than 600,000 methamphetamine pills were found in more bags inside the vehicle.
— Bangkok Post

Dozens of plastic containers per person in state quarantine
Thailand started the year eco-friendly by banning single-use plastic bags. All good, but with “stay at home” orders and mandated quarantines, plastic waste has been increasing.
— The Thaiger

We Tried Big Boy Burger – Here’s How Michigan Tastes in Bangkok
Meaty but a tad bland for Thai tongues, Michigan burger fast food chain is another option for the burger-hungry in Bangkok.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok woman dies of salmonella poisoning after eating ‘death dumplings’
Following the death of a Bangkok woman who fell ill after eating dumplings, lab tests have come back proving there were detected traces of salmonella bacteria in the snack.
— The Thaiger



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his week’s Thailand morning news feature photo focuses on World No-Tobacco Day, May 31


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Thailand editor at AEC News Today

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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