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Thailand News Today | Thai army trim the Generals, sugar making Thais fat | March 8

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71 new Covid cases in Thailand today, the generals are being told they’re going to face pay cuts and a Thai doctors has issued a warning about the link between Thai’s love for sugary sweets and life-threatening diseases… there goes my afternoon donut. And don’t worry, I’m not going to sing my way through the news today, it’s just nice and cool in my home studio so you can enjoy the cool with me. We’ve also got a new segment at the end of the news today… you’ll see that soon enough.

71 new coronavirus cases have been announced today, 31 of them from the hotzone of Samut Sakhon, just south of Bangkok. This beings the total number of confirmed cases in Thailand to 26,441.

The death toll remains at 85 people.

The Thai Army, Navy and Air Force are aiming to trim the number of generals in the ranks by 25% by 2029. But plenty of critics say the plan is probably just more words and won’t ever happen.

A Thai doctor is reminding Thais about the clear links between eating sugary foods and the risk of various life-threatening diseases, including cancer. The doctor warns that high consumption of sugar can trigger everything from fatty liver, clogged arteries and liver cancer. 4 million Thais have been diagnosed with diabetes.

Hotels in the northern province of Chiang Mai have been forced to slash rates by up to 90%, desperately trying to attract more local tourists. The northern chapter of the Thai Hotels Association, claims, with tourists mainly favouring the southern beach destinations over the past month month, hotel operators in the north are now planning for low season.

Anti-government activists gathered at Bangkok’s Democracy Monument yesterday. Although the anti-government protests have kicked off again after a 2 month hiatus, the numbers are well down on last years crowds, now measuring more in the hundreds than the thousands.

Meanwhile the protest leader Panusaya aka “Rung”, has been hit with a fine of nearly 6 million baht. Her crime? Allegedly removing plants at the Democracy Monument. Panusaya and 5 other activists have been charged with removing plants placed as decoration around the monument, during a political rally back on February 13.

Various groups, including Amnesty International and the UN Human Rights Committee, continue to criticise the Thai government’s use of the country’s lèse majesté laws, with Amnesty International describing it as an attempt to silence dissent.

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6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. BangkokBen

    Monday, March 8, 2021 at 8:44 pm

    Should require quarantine for those who go to a bakery. They might spread diabetes by bringing a box of donuts home or to the office.

  2. Andre

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 1:27 am

    I wonder what the fine will be for those who removed the a certain brass emblem from the tarmac in front of Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall when plant removal give a 6m fine? 600m?

    This just proves how corrupt the Thai juridical system is.

  3. J West

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 10:08 am

    When my wife and I arrived in Thailand 32 years ago there was no western Fast Food, no bakeries, no commercial milk available….naturally no ice cream. Big C, Tops and Villa Market were many years away from opening. Thais favorite treats were traditional Chinese sweet beans , corn and “Country Style” made with cane sugar.desserts….cane sugar being lowest on the glycemic index. Thai people ballooned noticeably soon after the introduction of deep fried grease and refined sugar.

  4. TC

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 12:24 pm

    Anyone betting any money on this happening?

  5. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:39 pm

    “When my wife and I arrived in Thailand 32 years ago there was no western Fast Food, no bakeries, no commercial milk …naturally no ice cream …”

    In 1989? Seriously?

    You must have by-passed Bangkok, Pattaya, Phuket, etc for the “western Fast Food” as McD’s opened in 1985 in Bangkok.

    “Commercial milk” was readily available as I can recall Dutch Mill being available well before then.

    “No bakeries” – Foodland opened in Bangkok sometime in the 70’s, and the one in Pattaya was certainly open by 1989.

    “… and naturally no ice cream” – where were you living????? Thailand had western-style “i-tim”, usually on a stick, even out in the sticks 40 years ago for 1 or 2 baht!

    I agree with you about the rise of the fatties, but you must have had a very sheltered time in 1989! ?

  6. Issan John

    Tuesday, March 9, 2021 at 8:46 pm

    In 1989, J West?

    Where were you living? ?

    McD’s opened in 1985, Dutch Mill was up and running before then, Foodland opened sometime in the 70’s and had branches in Bangkok and Pattaya by then, and vaguely western-style “i-tim” on a stick was 1 or 2 baht even out in the sticks 40 years ago!!! ?

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