Thailand Morning News For July 3

Thailand Morning News For July 3
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Thailand morning newsFirst Photos of Thailand Football Team Trapped in Flooded Cave Alive (HD video)
It was announced a little before 11pm on Monday, July 2 that all 13 members of a rural Thai football team trapped for the past ten days inside a flooded cave in northern Thailand had been found alive.
— AEC News Today (video)

PM Prayut ‘delighted’ at successful cave rescue
The Prime Minister, Gen. Prayut Chan-o-cha, has expressed his delight, after rescuers finally located the 12 young footballers and their coach in Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai province and found that all of them were well.

All 13 Football Team Members Found Alive inside Flooded Cave
Rescuers found all 12 boys and their football coach alive inside the flooded Tham Luang Cave Monday night.
— The Nation

Boys and coach found alive in cave
The 12 missing boys and their football coach have been found in Tham Luang and all are alive and apparently safe, the Chiang Rai governor said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

June inflation down slightly from May
Inflation rose by 1.38 per cent in June compared to the same month last year, but was down slightly from May’s 1.49 per cent, the Commerce Ministry reported on Monday.
— The Nation

Lengthy delay for new property tax
The land and buildings tax set for Jan 1, 2019 is likely to be enforced behind schedule because of the time-consuming approval process, says an informed source at the Finance Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

June inflation rate slightly up
Thailand’s inflation rate in June increased by 1.38% compared with the same period last year due to rising product and services prices as a result of the higher global oil price.

PM praises rescuers for their work at Tham Luang
The Prime Minister has expressed his admiration of rescuers, volunteers and officials working around the clock to bring home the 12 boys and their football coach stranded deep inside Tham Luang Cave in Mae Sai district of Chiang Rai.

Massive fines considered for new doctors
New doctors could be fined millions of baht from next year if they fail to undergo a mandatory three-year internship upon graduating from a state-run university — which is subsidised by the government — according to the Public Health Ministry.
— Bangkok Post

Fire hits frozen seafood factory in Samut Sakhon
A fire broke out at the Thai Royal Frozen Food factory in Samut Sakhon province on Monday morning.
— The Nation

Divers with extra supplies advance in flooded cave passageway
Rescue divers are advancing in the main passageway inside the flooded cave in northern Thailand where 12 boys and their soccer coach have been missing more than a week.
— Pattaya Mail/ AP

Chinese firms keen on high-speed train project linking airports
At least two Chinese companies have bought bidding documents for a high-speed train construction project to connect three key airports, the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) said on Monday.
— Bangkok Post

Drilling machine airlifted to Doi Pha Mee for drilling operation
A drilling machine accompanied by mechanics and engineers was this afternoon airlifted by an army MI-17 transport helicopter to Doi Pha Mee to carry out drilling of a cavity in an attempt to find an alternative route into the Tham Luang cave.
— Thai PBS

Motorcycle sales failing to gain traction
Thailand’s motorcycle market is projected to stay flat at about 1.8 million units sold this year, says the Federation of Thai Industries (FTI).
— Bangkok Post

Customs to speed up process for Thailand-bound exports
Singapore and Thailand signed a Mutual Recognition Arrangement (MRA) to speed up the clearance of goods from companies certified by the Singapore customs to have robust security practices, an announcement revealed.
— Singapore Business Review

Unregistered foreign workers to be detained and deported
Unregistered migrant workers are now being targeted in a crackdown following the deadline on June 30 for workers to get registered to be able to work in the Kingdom.
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

BTS to announce commuter compensation plan on Thursday
The BTS skytrain operator will announce on Thursday how it intends to compensate commuters for the inconvenience of days of signal malfunctions which caused train delays and mass passenger congestion all last week.
— Bangkok Post

Malaysian man who married pre-teen girl to be investigated for sexual grooming: DPM Wan Azizah
The 41-year-old Malaysian man who is alleged to have married an 11-year-old girl is now being investigated for sexual grooming.
— Channel NewsAsia

Barriers to Chinese steel tightened
The government is tightening measures to prevent Chinese steel and aluminium products shipped through Thailand from circumventing US tariffs after the US inspected some and claimed the exports were really from China.
— Bangkok Post

90% of foreign workers registered with Ministry of Labor
More than 1.2 million foreign workers registered with the Ministry of Labor before the registration process was closed on 30th June 2018. Those who failed to register or update their records are now unable to work in Thailand.
— News Today (video)

DTAC prodded over 2nd auction round
Total Access Communication (DTAC), the country’s third-largest mobile operator, will inevitably have to bid in the second round of the 1800- and 900-megahertz spectra auctions next month in exchange for the right to continue servicing its existing 2G network users after its concession ends on Sept 15, says the telecom regulator.
— Bangkok Post

Smartphone unit turnover to drop while revenue rises
Thailand’s smartphone market this year is expected to sell 17-18 million units, down nearly 10%, but revenue is likely to grow at a single-digit clip, worth some 100 billion baht, because of higher average selling prices.
— Bangkok Post

Tackling sexual violence in Thailand
To challenge misconceptions around sexual violence, an exhibition titled “Social Power Exhibition against sexual assault” is held, which is part of the #DontTellMeHowToDress campaign. The movement has been initiated by Thai celebrity, Cindy Sirinya Bishop in collaboration with UNWOMEN whose aim is to help debunk the myth that women should avoid dressing provocatively or exposing themselves to the risk of assault. Khun Chonlapansa Narula spoke with Cindy about the impacts from the campaign.
— News Today (video)

Volcanic durian now on sale at Sisaket Trade Fair
The northeastern province of Sisaket is inviting fruit lovers and visitors to take part in its annual festival entitled Lava Durian Sisaket and ASEAN Trade Fair.
— News Today (video)

Better Way Thailand looks to make Asian inroads by 2020
With a bearish market for direct sales at home, Better Way Thailand Co, operating under the Mistine brand, is shifting its focus abroad, aiming to become an Asian brand by 2020.
— Bangkok Post

Thais arrest woman who cut off husband’s penis
A 24-year-old Cambodian woman was arrested in Thailand yesterday on suspicion that she had cut off her husband’s penis in a fit of jealousy.
— Khmer Times


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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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