Thailand morning news for May 29

Thailand morning news for May 29
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Thai PM assures MPs of clear guidelines on how to spend one trillion baht loan
Thailand’s Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha today (Thursday) assured members of parliament that the Government has put in place clear guidelines, in accordance with budgeting law, on how to make use of a one trillion baht loan to help all those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly small and size medium enterprises.
— Thai PBS News

Friday’s CCSA panel to consider easing lockdown restrictions
The curfew will definitely be shortened, restrictions on inter-provincial travel will be further eased and road checkpoints will be cut when the CCSA committee, chaired by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha, meets on Friday to discuss the third phase of lockdown relaxations, said CCSA spokesman Dr. Taweesin Visanuyothin today.
— Thai PBS News

14.4 mln workers in Thailand may face unemployment over COVID-19, drought
Thailand’s economic planning agency said on Thursday that about 14.4 million workers may face unemployment in the second and third quarters, largely due to impact of COVID-19 and the ongoing severe drought.
— Xinhuanet

Thai AirAsia considers merger
With its “fortune hanging in the balance”, the chief of Thai AirAsia (TAA) says it may merge with another low-cost carrier (LCC) to clamp down on pricing wars once flights eventually resume in the country.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand records 11 new coronavirus infections
After a short respite, new COVID-19 infections in Thailand jumped back into double digits today, with 11 new cases.
— Thai PBS News

THAI ticket refunds at risk under rehab
Thai Airways International (THAI) has admitted that debt rehabilitation has kept it from refunding customers for unused tickets.
— Bangkok Post

Without Tourists Feeding Them, Starving Monkeys Overrun Hua Hin
Municipal officials Thursday requested an urgent aid package for a group of locals left starving by the coronavirus: thousands of monkeys that live on a temple hill.
— Khaosod English

Thai Airways Flies Stranded Italians and Thais Back Home
Thai Airways flew stranded Italians back home to Italy, and returned Thai people stranded in Italy back to the Kingdom of Thailand this week.
— TravelNewsAsia

300,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand jobless due to COVID-19 pandemic
More than 300,000 Myanmar migrant workers in Thailand are facing unemployment due to COVID-19 pandemic, said Htoo Chit, Executive Director of the Foundation for Education and Development based in Thailand during a webinar held at Yangon Journalism School about the challenges faced by migrant workers in Thailand in the time of COVID-19 pandemic outbreak.

Bangkok’s UK visa application centre to reopen
The chief of Thailand’s National Security Council announced today that Thailand has set July 1 for the end of all “business and activity lockdowns” ordered to cope with the Covid-19 crisis, include provincial and international travel.
— The Thaiger

Government’s 400 billion baht in soft loans may save 6 million Thai jobs – NESDB
Only about a quarter of the 8.4 million Thai workers at risk of losing their jobs, due to COVID-19 related closures, are now expected to be made redundant, thanks to the Government’s 400 billion baht fund, to be used to boost the economy and help small and medium size enterprises, according to the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).
— Thai PBS News

Fishermen abuse and slavery cases solved “off-the-record”
Many cases of alleged abuse and slavery at sea are not being reported to the Thailand government.
— The Thaiger

Thai man arrested for distributing child porn on social media
PHOTO: INN Newsfollow us in feedlyA man was arrested for processing and distributing child pornography after a report from a US agency, police announced yesterday.
— The Thaiger

Research shows 86% of parents worried about their kids returning to school
About 86% of parents are concerned about their children going back to school during the COVID-19 pandemic, and they want assurances that the schools will have taken steps to prevent the spread of the disease among the students before they reopen on July 1st, according to Kasikorn Research Centre’s opinion survey.
— Thai PBS News

Legal technicality forces Pailin to quit THAI board
Former PTT Plc President and CEO Pailin Chuchottaworn has resigned from the board of Thai Airways International, just one day after his appointment took effect, due to a legal technicality.
— Thai PBS News

Prayut Accused of Favoring His Cronies For 1T Baht Loan
The opposition accused the government of writing a blank check for its cronies in a 1 trillion baht loan bill to fund coronavirus relief schemes, which began on Wednesday.
— Khaosod English

Border pass closes as new cases logged
The Songkhla governor on Wednesday ordered the closure of the Padang Besar border checkpoint in Sadao district after the government reported six of nine new coronavirus patients had returned home via this checkpoint.
— Bangkok Post

Record Flood of New Deposits Is a Problem for Thailand’s Banks
Thais are turning to banks as a safe haven, adding deposits at a record pace in the Covid-19 era. While that’s a vote of confidence, the lenders are likely to face a hard time putting all the funds to good use.
— Bloomberg

Board shakeup as THAI debt rehab commences
The Central Bankruptcy Court accepted a Thai Airways International (THAI) debt rehabilitation petition on Wednesday amid concerns of a technical setback after one of the airline’s board members poised to be made a rehab planner resigned.
— Bangkok Post

From drink bottles to tobacco sachets, UN study traces plastic pollution hot spots in the Mekong and Ganges
Municipal trash dumped at an open landfill in Thailand risks filling a nearby tributary of the Mekong river with plastic waste whenever it is rainy or windy.
— The Straits Times

100,000 to be tested for Covid-19 infection
A new surveillance programme will test 100,000 people for Covid-19 infection by the end of next month, the Department of Medical Sciences (DMS) says.
— Bangkok Post

Flood spots reduced to 14: City Hall
City Hall is stepping up efforts to improve drainage systems ahead of the seasonal flooding with some 14 areas in the capital remaining prone to inundation, Bangkok governor Aswin Kwanmuang said yesterday.
— Bangkok Post

PM Prayut explains need to acquire loan to deal with COVID 19
As the House of Representatives started deliberating three executive decrees involving loans to cushion the adverse effects of COVID-19, the Prime Minister has stressed the urgency of using the funds to maintain economic stability and help people affected by the pandemic.
— Newsline (video)

Songkhla hospital says plasma treatment successful
Songklanagarind Hospital has successfully used plasma from a recovered Covid-19 patient to treat patients with critical symptoms of the disease.
— Bangkok Post

Government : Thailand could return to normalcy by end of June
The Deputy Spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has indicated that Thailand could return to normalcy by the end of next month.
— Newsline (video)

Nearly 700k left out of educational loop
Almost 700,000 young people have been left out of the education system, mainly due to poverty, according to the National Economic and Social Development Council (NESDC).
— Bangkok Post

Is Thailand heading for another political crisis?
Thailand’s opposition parties are using the government’s pandemic response as an opportunity to further contest Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha’s legitimacy.
— The Strategist (blog)

Decree credited for reduction in crime
The imposition of the emergency decree to combat the Covid-19 outbreak has lowered many types of crimes, says the Royal Thai Police.
— Bangkok Post

Farmers given 90 days to hand in chemicals
Manufacturers or importers of hazardous agrochemicals paraquat and chlorpyrifos — which are banned under Thai law — have 270 days to destroy their stock while a 90-day deadline has also been given to farmers to return the chemicals for destruction as their possession is considered illegal, the Department of Agriculture says.
— Bangkok Post

Thai-Malaysian border shuts again after reports of new COVID-19 cases
The Padang Besar border checkpoint at the Thai-Malaysian border was shut again on Thursday after Thai authorities discovered new cases of the COVID-19 from Thai returnees from overseas.
— Xinhuanet

Nikon cuts jobs in Thailand and Laos with camera sales slumping
Nikon has cut 700 jobs in Southeast Asia as part of a move to restructure its digital camera business as executives warned of sustained losses during the coronavirus pandemic, the Japanese optical company said Thursday.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Thailand Phase 3 easing of restrictions and curfew hours inconclusive
An ad hoc committee on business restrictions in the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic did not reach a conclusion on the details of the third round of lockdown relaxation in yesterday’s meeting.
— Pattaya Mail

Government adds 4 more products to nation’s GI list
The government added Thong Dee Ban Thaen pomelos, Pet Non Thai Manila tamarind, Bang Khla aromatic coconuts and Ratchaburi dragon jars to the country’s geographical indication (GI) list, the latest move to generate income for local communities.
— Bangkok Post

Locals urged to store rainwater
The Department of Water Resources (DWR) is urging people in the kingdom’s northeastern provinces to prepare containers to capture rainwater after a study showed it is safe to drink after being boiled.
— Bangkok Post

MOPH receives WHO’s World No Tobacco Day 2020 award
The Ministry of Public Health has received the World No Tobacco Day 2020 award from the World Health Organization (WHO), recognizing the accomplishments in the area of tobacco control.
— Newsline (video)

Residents slam use of glyphosate
Communities in the Dong Chi Forest Reserve in Khuang Nai district on Wednesday protested against the use of the herbicide glyphosate by a firm contracted by the Forest Industry Organisation (FIO) to clear land to grow eucalyptus trees.
— Bangkok Post

Thai Chana platform aims to support disease control measures
The Inspector-General of the Ministry of a Digital Economy and Society (MDES) has reiterated that the ThaiChana online platform is not a mobile application, but a website.
— Newsline (video)

U.S. Ambassador praises Thailand’s COVID-19 response
The U.S. Ambassador to Thailand has praised the country’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the country’s security, credibility, and safety.
— Newsline (video)

Suspect confesses, re-enacts triple-murder at radio station
The sole suspect in the triple-murder at the Radio Thailand station in Phitsanulok was taken for a crime re-enactment amid tight security on Thursday morning.
— Bangkok Post

Next moves for Thai immigration procedures in the pandemic age
Now that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that all remaining Thais stranded abroad will be repatriated within weeks, attention is shifting towards the future for foreigners who want to come here.
— Pattaya Mail

Government’s 1111 center receives 350,000 COVID 19 related requests
Government agencies continue to provide help to the general public affected by the COVID-19 pandemic the government’s 1111 center has so far received more than 350,000 COVID-19 related inquiries and requests.
— Newsline (video)

Sansiri pioneers as the first company in Thailand to sign up to the ‘UN Global Standards of Conduct for Business’
Sansiri pioneers as the first company in Thailand to sign up to the ‘UN Global Standards of Conduct for Business’, championing diversity and inclusion for the LGBTI community
— Bangkok Post

US Ambassador affirms readiness to further forge close cooperation with Thailand
At the Command Building I, Government House, H.E. Mr. Michael George DeSombre, Ambassador of the United States of America, paid a courtesy call on Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam on occasion of his assumption of duty as new Ambassador to Thailand.
— Pattaya Mail

Central to take over FamilyMart
Central Retail Corporation Plc (CRC) has acquired 100% of the shares of FamilyMart, a major convenience store chain, as it moves forward to develop a new business model to cater to modern consumers.
— Bangkok Post

Dengue Fever in Isaan Kills 2, Sickens More Than 1,000
Thailand’s northeastern province of Nakhon Ratchasima said on Tuesday that a prevalent dengue fever outbreak had already killed two and sickened more than 1,000 residents since the beginning of 2020.
— Khaosod English

Bangkok’s Grand Palace and Temple of the Emerald Buddha to re-open June 4th
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) would like to provide the latest update that the Grand Palace and Wat Phra Kaeo (Temple of the Emerald Buddha) in Bangkok will be reopened Thursday, 4 June, 2020.
— The Pattaya News

Fire destroys construction worker camp in Si Racha, over three hundred workers escape harm
A fire broke out a temporary construction camp used to house over three hundred workers, many of them being migrants, this morning, nearly completely destroying the camp.
— The Pattaya News

Remembrances of Red Trauma (14) – Burning for democracy
He was a Red Shirt teenager. In May 2010, he threw a molotov cocktail, contributing to the burning down the Udon Thani provincial hall.
— Isaan Record

65 provinces in Thailand have had no cases of Covid-19 in over a month
The Ministry of Public Health has indicated that the COVID-19 situation in Thailand is improving, with 65 provinces reporting no new cases in a month.
— The Pattaya News

Panthongtae Shinawatra free as Attorney General will not appeal his acquittal
Thailand’s Attorney General has decided to not appeal against the acquittal, by the Criminal Court for Corruption and Misconduct Cases, of Mr. Panthongtae Shinawatra, the only son of former Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra.
— Thai PBS News

How has Thailand contained Covid-19 so effectively?
The chief of Thailand’s National Security Council announced today that Thailand has set July 1 for the end of all “business and activity lockdowns” ordered to cope with the Covid-19 crisis, include provincial and international travel.
— The Thaiger

Gov’t and Opposition MPs Urge Scrutiny in Coronavirus Loan
MPs from both opposition and government factions said Thursday they want more clarity and oversight of the proposed 1 trillion loan bill for the coronavirus relief efforts.
— Khaosod English

Gov’t Floats Cash Relief for Monks in Pandemic
The government on Thursday said they are deliberating on an aid package for hundreds of thousands of monks affected by the coronavirus pandemic.
— Khaosod English

BTS Rules Out Opening Windows on Trains
The BTS skytrain operators on Thursday said they scrapped a plan to run trains with their windows open in an attempt to promote better ventilation against the coronavirus.
— Khaosod English

News Station Killer Charged with First Degree Murder
A gunman who killed three and severely wounded another at a public radio station was charged with premeditated murder Thursday.
— Khaosod English

One hen at a time, Thai campaigners target animal suffering
Thai animal protection campaigners have notched another win in their belts on word that Burger King will transition to cage-free eggs.
— Coconuts Thailand

Thailand found failing to log fishermen’s complaints of abuse and slavery
Complaints of labour abuses and slavery on Thai fishing boats are routinely going unreported by the authorities, an analysis by the Thomson Reuters Foundation revealed, raising fears that hundreds of fishermen have been denied justice and compensation.

Thai Government reassures public yet again that the Thai Chana Covid-19 tracing platform does not violate individual privacy
The Thai Cha-na (Victory in the Thai language) online platform, launched by the Thai Government’s Center for COVID-19 Situation Administration (CCSA), has been created to facilitate disease-control measures and help health authorities reach out to persons who may have been in contact with the Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).
— The Pattaya News

Pattaya supermarket searches for man who allegedly relieved himself on camera in parking lot
A local supermarket has gone public on their social media channels this afternoon searching for an unidentified man, believed to possibly be a foreigner, who was allegedly caught on video defecating in the parking lot in front of their office at their establishment in public today.
— The Pattaya News

Police: Short circuit probable cause of temple fire
Investigators believed a short circuit was a probable cause of a fire at Wat Pa Ban Tad forest temple that killed revered abbot Phra Ajarn Sudjai Thanthamano.
— Bangkok Post

Koh Lan expected to reopen in June
The popular tourist island of Koh Lan is expected to reopen in June after being closed to the public for two months to help contain the spread of Covid-19.
— Bangkok Post

Massage shops, boxing stadiums may be allowed to reopen next week
Phase 3 of the easing of Covid-19 emergency measures could finally see boxing stadiums, massage parlours, spas, cinemas and tutorial schools allowed to reopen next month.
— The Thaiger

How future of Thai politics will be like
Political analysts must primarily take stock of two things, which include a recent opinion poll predicting that “post-COVID-19 politics” will be very heated, and an admission by a former red-shirted leader that the anti-government movement he is a big part of is “losing out” to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha.
— Thai PBS News



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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.

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