Thailand Morning News For July 16

Thailand Morning News For July 16
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Thailand morning newsLast body from Phuket tour boat disaster recovered, brought ashore
After days of attempts by an international team of divers and an expert Chinese salvage salvage crew, the last body trapped under the wreck of the Phoenix tour boat was recovered today (July 15) and brought ashore to Phuket just before 9pm.
— The Phuket News

FDA recalls blood-pressure drugs due to cancer-risk ingredient
THE FOOD and Drug Administration (FDA) has recalled immediately five registered drugs to control blood pressure because of a potentially dangerous key ingredient.
— The Nation

23 human traffickers arrested in Thailand crackdown
Twenty-three human trafficking “agents” were arrested during a major operation conducted by the Thai police to prevent southern Thailand from becoming a transit destination for migrants trying to cross illegally into Malaysia.
— The Straits Times

Banks feel dropped-fee pinch
The banking industry is expected to announce 10% lower earnings for the second quarter than the previous quarter, mostly attributed to the decision to eliminate fees for digital transactions.
— Bangkok Post

Phuket hit as Chinese cancel room bookings
Tourism industry seeks tough measures to protect reputation after boat tragedy
— The Nation

ACT questions NACC’s delay in probing wristwatch case
The Anti-Corruption Organization of Thailand (ACT) has questioned what it suspect to be foot-dragging by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) over its investigation into two controversial cases – Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwan’s luxury wristwatches which he claimed were “borrowed” from a friend who was already dead and former police chief Pol Gen Somyot Poompunmuang’s borrowing of 300 million baht from Kamphol Veerayathepsuporn, proprietor of Victoria Secret massage parlour already closed down by the police.
— Thai PBS

Thailand’s video thank-you to the world airs on CNN
The government has released a video expressing the country’s thanks for global support and sympathy during the daunting 17-day search and rescue mission at Chiang Rai’s Tham Luang Cave.
— The Nation

Psychiatrists fret over attention, ‘rewards’ showering on boys
CHILD PSYCHIATRISTS have advised that the boys rescued from the Chiang Mai cave be left alone to get back to normal, warning that fame and being granted special privileges could cause lasting harm.
— The Nation

Phoenix dive boat’s managing director to be indicted Monday
The managing director TC Blue Dream Company which operated the Phoenix dive boat before it went down iin rough seas resulting in the death of 46 Chinese tourists will be indicted before the Phuket provincial court on Monday.
— Thai PBS

Northern people warned of heavy rains
The Northern Meteorological Center has warned people in the North to brace for heavy rains, especially those in risk areas.

I nearly died in cave boys rescue, says British diver
A BRITISH diver has told of his terrifying brush with death while helping to rescue 12 boys trapped in a Thai cave with their coach. Chris Jewell was one of four British divers dubbed the “awesome foursome” after playing a key role in the daring rescue.
— Express

HM The King expresses condolences for Phuket tour boat disaster, assures support for relatives of victims
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has issued a statement of condolences over the tour boat disaster of the Phoenix, which sank amid a storm off Koh Hei (Coral Island) south of Phuket on July 5, resulting in at least 47 deaths.
— The Phuket News

Thai Gov’t monitoring online information
Security agencies are monitoring false, distorted, and fabricated reports online in a bid to maintain national security.

App to help passengers to be launched
Airports of Thailand Plc (AoT) is set to launch a mobile application to ease passenger congestion in its airports by the first quarter of next year, the state enterprise’s president Nitinai Sirismatthakarn said.
— Bangkok Post

Dtac to launch Thailand’s first TD-LTE network
Thailand’s Dtac has contracted Nokia to deploy the nation’s first commercial TD-LTE network to complement its existing 4G network.

Phayao Governor delivers funeral eulogy for military diver Saman Kunan
The Governor of Phayao has delivered a funeral eulogy for the military diver, who lost his life during the weeks-long operation to rescue 13 young footballers and their coach from Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province.

British divers return home after football team rescue
The British diver, John Volanthen, who first located the 12 boys and their coach missing inside a Thai cave complex, has arrived home in England to a warm welcome at Heathrow International Airport.

Thai boys rescued from cave in tears, mourn diver who died
The 12 boys and their coach rescued from a Thai cave were in tears as they mourned the death of an ex-Navy SEAL who died while taking part in the mission, the health ministry said Sunday (Jul 15).
— Channel NewsAsia

Measures mulled for plastic waste
A subcommittee tasked with plastic waste management wants to accelerate its schedule, with the goal of at least halving the use of plastic and foam in five years instead of 20.
— Bangkok Post

‘No fast-tracking of citizenship’ for rescued four
THE CHIEF of Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district has emphasised that Thai citizenship will be granted based on the law and no exemptions will be made for four of the footballers rescued from the cave who are stateless citizens.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

PM thanks farmers near Tham Luang Cave
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has expressed his appreciation to agriculturalists near Tham Luang Nang Non Cave for their help in assisting rescuers to save the lives of 12 young football players and their 25-year-old coach stranded in the cave. Water drained from the cave flooded nearby farms and ruined their crops.

Blockchain registrar use under study
The Thai Bond Market Association (TBMA) is studying the use of blockchain technology for a bond registrar services platform for corporate bond transactions, with the aim of creating a “Bond Coin” for a swift clearing and settlement system.
— Bangkok Post

PM calls for higher safety standards on tourist boats
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha has directed tourism related agencies to raise the level of safety of tour boat services, following a boat tragedy that took the lives of 47 people in Phuket.

Bangkok clamps down on sidewalk riders
The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has set up 115 checkpoints where “Thesakit” law-enforcement officials are stationed to stop and immediately fine people riding or parking vehicles on footpaths during rush hour.
— The Nation (annoying popups)

Boys rescued from Tham Luang cave to leave hospital on Thursday
The 12 members of the Wild Boars soccer team and their coach are expected to be discharged from Chiang Rai hospital on Thursday. Chiangrai Prachanukroh Hospital has also released a video clip of the boys thanking rescuers.
— News Today (video)

Thailand asks Japan for CPTPP hand
Thailand is seeking support from Japan to help the country become a member of the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP), a newly formed bloc of 11 Pacific Rim nations excluding the US, as the country plans to submit its application for CPTPP membership later this year.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Somkid invites public to take part in reform
Deputy Prime Minister for Economic Affairs, Somkid Jatusripitak says the country has seen successful reform in many sectors over the past 2-3 years.

PM: Thai Niyom initiative not designed to gain popularity
The Thai premier has reiterated that the Sustainable Thai Idealism initiative, aka Thai Niyom Yang Yuen, wasn’t designed to seek public support ahead of the national polls.
— News Today (video)

Hantharwady airport project back on track for 2019 ground-breaking
Hantharwady International Airport’s long-delayed construction work is expected to take off next year if the Japanese government endorses the detailed financing plan in September, according to a Myanmar aviation official.
— The Nation

One year of relief for motorcycles
The Excise Department plans to give motorcycle manufacturers a one-year grace period to prepare themselves for the new tax structure, which is based on CO2 emissions, its chief says.
— Bangkok Post

DPM Somkid meets foreign dignitaries to boost investment
Deputy Prime Minister Somkid Jatusripitak has met with a representative from one of Thailand’s economic partners to boost investments in the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— News Today (video)

Centara launches cashless Chinese payments
Centara Hotels and Resorts, the Thai hotel operator, has announced that it is now accepting WeChat Pay transactions on its websites for online room reservations.
— The Nation

Indices of import potential of 168 countries
The Trade Policy and Strategy Office of the Commerce Ministry, has set indexes of the import potential of 168 countries around the world to be used in the adjustment of export plans and to be the public sector’s database for setting export targets.
— News Today (video)

Trang advances palm oil plantation development
Trang province is pursuing a plan to develop palm oil plantations, promoting better quality of produce and proper harvesting by farmers.

Almost 50 million methamphetamine pills seized in Thailand during World Cup
The Ministry of Defense reported that almost 50 million methamphetamine pills were seized in Thailand during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, and it is still necessary to continue monitoring the drug situation.

Public invited to submit pictorial materials of Tham Luang operation
The Ministry of Culture is inviting members of the media and the public to send their still pictures, video clips, paintings, drawings or documents about the Tham Luang dramatic rescue operation to the ministry from today until July 25 so that they will be collected and recorded in the world’s archives.
— Thai PBS

Green certification helps boost confidence on quality of living for residents
IN RESPONSE to homebuyers’ concerns with the environment and wellness relating to properties, major developers in the country have been striving for green certifications from prestigious, global institutes.
— The Nation

“I thought it would be a recovery rather than a rescue”
An Australian diver from Perth, Craig Challen, has spoken exclusively about the Tham Luang cave rescue and why he had fears that some or all of them mightn’t get out of the caves alive. Here are some of the main points from The Sunday Times interview:
— The Thaiger


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John Le Fevre

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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