Thailand Morning News For July 5

Thailand Morning News For July 5
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Thailand morning newsKing urges speedy rescue from cave
Navy Seals are urgently training 12 young footballers and their coach to use diving gear so they can venture out of the partially flooded Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai’s Mae Sai district, where they have been trapped for 11 days.
— Bangkok Post

MPC outlines policy hike conditions
The Bank of Thailand’s rate-setting panel will start tightening monetary policy if economic expansion continues and inflation stays within its target range, said the Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) in recent years.
— Bangkok Post

Trapped Thai team gets diving lessons as rescuers weigh extraction
Rescue teams in northern Thailand were giving crash courses in swimming and diving on Wednesday as part of complex preparations to extract a young soccer team trapped in a cave, and hoping for a swift end to their harrowing 11-day ordeal.
— Channel NewsAsia

Thailand’s US$26 billion pension fund shuns emerging markets
The slide in emerging markets is spooking Thailand’s US$26 billion Government Pension Fund.
— The Asean Post

FPO maintains rosy outlook despite impact of US-China trade war
The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has admitted to concerns over the trade war between the United States and China but does not see it impacting on projected economic growth of 4.4 percent this year and thus is to continue current financial policies for the time being.

Media must self-regulate, says Meechai
Constitution Drafting Committee (CDC) chairman Meechai Ruchupan on Wednesday stressed the need for media outlets and organisations to push for a law to promote and enforce self-regulation.
— Bangkok Post

Warm in blankets, Thai boys smile, joke with rescuer in cave
Their skinny faces illuminated by a flashlight, the Thai soccer teammates stranded more than a week in a partly flooded cave said they were healthy on a video released Wednesday, as heavy rains forecast for later this week could complicate plans to safely extract them.
— Pattaya Mail/ AP

Online flame wars over boys’ actions
Amid debate on social media over whether the 12 boys and their football coach trapped in Tham Luang cave should be scolded for their recklessness in entering the complex during the monsoon season or hailed for their bravery, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha asked the public to refrain from instigating any more “drama” in relation to the rescue mission.
— Bangkok Post

Some 100 illegal migrant workers arrested since 1 July 2018
About 100 illegal migrant workers who have worked for some 20 employers in Thailand have been arrested since 1 July 2018, following the deadline for registration.

NLA to mull pay rises for officials of independent bodies
The National Legislative Assembly is set to debate next week five bills proposed by the government to raise the salaries of officials of the court and other independent organizations.
— Thai PBS

Triam Udom Suksa student wins at TCAS
A student from Triam Udom Suksa Pattanakarn School in Bangkok has received top scores in the fourth round of this year’s Central Admission System (TCAS).
— Bangkok Post

Nation Gives Freebies to Celebrate Cave Boys
J’Tae scooped steaming guay tiew noodles into bowls while turning to watch, enraptured, at the news.
— Khaosod English

Thailand thanks foreign nations for lending hands in Tham Luang rescue
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Kingdom of Thailand wishes to join the Thai people in thanking the Thai and foreign rescue teams.
— News Today (video)

Govt mulls more carers for the elderly
The government is considering investing two billion baht a year in hiring certified carers to provide basic care to the estimated 300,000 bedridden patients living at home nationwide.
— Bangkok Post

Suvarnabhumi Airport director denies charge being sought for use of Premium Lanes
Executives of Suvarnabumi Airport has assured the public that no special payments have been demanded for Premium Lane passes, from those who want to bypass long immigration queues.

Public advised against making donations to football team rescue mission
Chiang Rai Governor Narongsak Osotthanakorn has urged people not to make contributions to the football team rescue mission because there are enough supplies of food and essential items to support the rescue of 12 boys and their coach.
— News Today (video)

Shares plunge as faith in Beauty fades
SET-listed cosmetics company Beauty Community’s shares (BEAUTY) took a nosedive by 30% Wednesday as investors lost confidence in its sales and revenue growth going forward.
— Bangkok Post

Beer heiress loses bid for financial aid to fight treason charge
THE JUSTICE Ministry has set aside a request for financial assistance from beer heiress and politician Chitpas Kridakorn to contest a treason charge after she failed to verify her suitability within the given time.
— The Nation

Following “sentencing guidelines” creates prison overcrowding
In June, a conference on measures to avoid pre-verdict detention, held at the Miracle Grand Hotel by the Department of Corrections, Ministry of Justice
— Prachatai English

Strong sales expected as auto show gets under way
ORGANISERS of the Bangkok International Auto Salon (BIAS) expect brisk sales of automobiles, motorcycles, tuning parts and accessories at this year’s event, which kicked off yesterday.
— The Nation

Cambodia restores railway link to Thailand after 45 years
Cambodia on Wednesday (Jul 4) reopened the final stretch of a railway running from the capital Phnom Penh to the border with neighbouring Thailand, the first time the line has been operational in 45 years.
–Channel NewsAsia

Robinson boss hails plastic bag success
Robinson said it “bagless shopping” campaign had been a success and it was hoping to reduce plastic bag use by 30 per cent by the end of the year.
— The Nation

Phuket hosts Miss Grand Thailand Carnival
A ‘carnival-themed’ fashion show, featuring 77 contestants of the Miss Grand Thailand 2018 beauty contest, in beautiful and exotic costumes, was held at Phuket’s Patong Beach this evening.
— The Thaiger

ADB loan to boost highways
THAILAND has gained a US$99.4 million loan from the Asian Development Bank (ADB) to help upgrade some of the country’s highways and improve road safety in the Northeast.
— The Nation


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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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