Thailand morning news for July 3

Thailand morning news for July 3
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Factory employment declines but petroleum investment soars
Thailand’s factory employment in the first half of 2019 fell by 5.45% year-on-year to 92,262 workers, the Industrial Works Department said on Tuesday, as more companies move to replace workers with high-tech machinery.
— Bangkok Post

Opposition Alarmed by Prayuth’s ‘Coup Threat’
Junta chairman Prayuth Chan-ocha’s hint at staging another coup prompted outcries from opposition politicos on Tuesday.
— Khaosod English

Agency dusts off waste-separation plant plan
The Industrial Works Department plans to build waste-separation plants nationwide in a bid to process tonnes of future hazardous waste from industrial manufacturing.
— Bangkok Post

All the king’s men: Thai military power shifts away from Prayuth
When diplomats in Bangkok meet Thailand’s military top brass, they look for clues on where officers stand in the context of royal protocol.
— Nikkei Asian Review (paywall)

Police hunt for assailants of Ja New
National Police Commissioner General, Chakthip Chaijinda, confirmed Monday that his officers are searching for the men who seriously assaulted political activist Sirawith ”Ja New” Seritiwat last week.
— Pattaya Mail

Thanathorn says PM is the cause of Thailand’s political ills
He said today that the Prime Minister had accused politicians of stalling attempts to form the government and had threatened to resort to the “old method” to resolve the problems….
— Thai PBS News

Suvarnabhumi expects passenger upswing
Suvarnabhumi airport expects to welcome between 66-68 million passengers this year despite passenger weak traffic in May, according to airport director Sutheerawat Suwannawat.
— Bangkok Post

In Facebook-friendly Thailand, sales on social media soar
The son of a Thai fisherman, Anurak Saruethai never really took to life at sea. But seafood has been good to him.
— Khmer Times

Police working to identify attackers of political activist
Royal Thai Police Commissioner-General Pol Gen Chakthip Chaijinda has confirmed that all police units are working to their best effort to track down and apprehend the individuals who launched a vicious attack on political activist Sirawith Seritiwat, better known as Ja New.
— NBT World (video)

PM pleased with Thailand’s ranking in achieving SDGs
The Prime Minister is pleased with Thailand gaining rank 19th in the world and 1st in ASEAN in ranking in contributing to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
— NBT World (video)

Cabinet formed, swearing-in this month
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said on Tuesday the internal problems of the Palang Pracharath Party (PPRP) had been resolved and his cabinet would be sworn in around the middle of the month.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand Fortifies Cybersecurity for a Seamless ASEAN Connected to the World
“Seamlessly connected” is how ASEAN aspires to facilitate and expand people-to-people interactions among its diverse population and build a common community with a shared sense of ownership.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Army engineers helping peace mission in South Sudan
The Royal Thai Army (RTA) has reported that the first batch of Thai army engineers dispatched to Sudan under the U.N. Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) has contributed impressively over the past six months.
— NBT World (video)

Activists: Justice system failing to protect people
Pro-democracy activists have presented a wreath signifying the failure of the justice system to the Royal Thai Police Office over the continuing attacks on political activists, with Sirawith “Ja New Seritiwat the latest victim.
— Bangkok Post

Strawberries and child support; a Thai partnership
The grant, for which 117,000 children from low-income families have been registered, was introduced by the Thai government following advocacy carried out by the UN Children’s Fund, UNICEF.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire

Dead Dolphin seen near Koh Larn, believed caught in fishing nets
A dead dolphin was spotted by tourists going to Koh Larn and videotaped this morning and the video has now gone viral. The dolphin appears to be in very poor shape and had a large rope stuck to its jaw.
— The Pattaya News

CIMBT sees two rate cuts within 12 months
CIMB Thai (CIMBT) forecasts the central bank to ease monetary policy by cutting the benchmark rate once in December and once in the first half of next year in a bid to boost economic growth and curb hot-money inflows.
— Bangkok Post

Another baby Dugong found on a Krabi beach
Thai Rath Another lost baby dugong has been rescued after being found injured in Krabi. The baby dugong was found washed up on the shores in Klongthom District, Krabi yesterday (June 1) and was rescued by the officials from the Phuket Marine Biological Centre (PMBC).
— The Thaiger

SRT extends train service to Rong Kluea Market
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) today launched a new daily train service between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luek border station, providing convenience to people who wish to travel to the famous Rong Kleua Market in Sa Keao Province.
— NBT World (video)

Thai Rice Enters to the World of Healthcare and Beauty
The Department of Foreign Trade, Ministry of Commerce, Thailand, has introduced a project called “Think RICE, Think THAILAND” to encourage international community to pay attention to consumer health and to raise awareness on the national crop by providing a wider range of knowledge about Thai rice.
— AEC News Today/ PR Newswire (media release)

Government to sell up to B128bn of bonds in July-September
Thailand plans to sell up to 128 billion baht of government bonds in the July-September quarter as part of a debt-restructuring, the finance ministry said on Tuesday.
— Bangkok Post

BKK passenger arrivals expected to surge to 200,000 a day in October
Amid gloomy forecasts and predictions for Thailand’s tourist industry, some good news out of the country’s largest airport, Suvarnabhumi Airport in Bangkok.
— The Thaiger

Depression warning today until Thursday
The Meteorological Department issued a depression warning today, forecasting increased rain and isolated heavy showers plus strong winds in northeastern Thailand tomorrow and Thursday. In its second announcement, issued at…
— Thai PBS News

Sontirat ready to give up his energy portfolio to save Palang Pracharat party
Palang Pracharat secretary-general Sontirat Sontijirawong said today that he regretted the conflict in the party over cabinet seat allocation and he offered to surrender the energy portfolio to the Sam…
— Thai PBS News

Cabinet endorses UNSC resolution on counter terrorism
The cabinet today endorsed the United Nations Security Council’s March 2019 resolution demanding that member states ensure that their counter-terrorism laws and activities are in compliance with their obligations under…
— Thai PBS News

NEDA sets up mountain area tap water for Lao villagers, honoring HM King
The Neighboring Countries Economic Development Cooperation Agency (NEDA) has set up a tap water system for Laoian villagers living at border areas, as part of assistance packages given to the neighboring country.
— NBT World (video)

Blackwater at Phuket’s Nai Harn beach due to ‘natural causes’
‘Blackwater’ has returned at one of Phuket’s favourite beaches, this time in the lagoon behind Nai Harn beach, which flushes out naturally when the tide conditions are right.
— The Thaiger

Lottery vendor given 2 years for forging 15 first-prize lottery tickets
A lottery vendor in Thailand’s central province of Samut Sakhon, who claimed to have sold 15 first-prize lottery tickets worth 90 million baht, was today sentenced to two years and…
— Thai PBS News

German seen helping wife sell chicken is a wanted man
A German man gained social media attention while helping his Thai wife sell grilled chicken, and that also drew police attention – and he turns out to be wanted man, subject of an Interpol red notice.
— Bangkok Post

Thai ancient sites receive unofficial World Heritage status, await official endorsement on July 5
Two ancient sites in Thailand have been placed on the UNESCO’s tentative list of new heritage sites, during the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee in Baku, Azerbaijan.
— NBT World (video)

Conflict in Palang Pracharat resolved as Sam Mitr group withdraws demands
The conflict over cabinet seat allocation in the Palang Pracharat party has been settled after the Sam Mitr faction agreed to withdraw their demand for the reinstatement of Mr. Suriya…
— Thai PBS News

Western Expats Fleeing Thailand for Malaysia – CTN News – Chiang Rai Times
Western expats who are tired of countries like Thailand where discrimination is the norm, are thrilled to be moving to Malaysia, where they can buy a house they …
— Chiang Rai Times

Stock investor confidence perks up
Investor confidence for the next three months, July to September, edged up for the first time in four months on the back of expectations of fresh stimulus measures from the new government.
— Bangkok Post

PM says there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha said today that there is no problem in the Palang Pracharat party which warrants his intervention.
— Thai PBS News

OPINION: Thailand – Land of false smiles
Every year for the past eight years we have saved and come to Phuket for minimum of a week. More often than not we bring other members of our family, anywhere from four to six at a time, and every time bringing empty cases with a 30kg allowance per person.
— The Thaiger

FOUND. The day the team were found in Thailand’s Tham Luang caves
It was twelve months, today, that the missing Mu Pa team, 12 young men aged between 11 and 16, and their 25 year old football coach, were finally located after nine days of frantic searching.
— The Thaiger

SRT begins train service to Cambodian border
The State Railway of Thailand (SRT) has launched a new daily train service between Bangkok and Ban Klong Luek border station for the convenience of people travelling to Rong Kleua Market.
— Pattaya Mail

Premier chairs EEC meeting
Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha chaired a meeting of the Eastern Economic Corridor Policy Committee on Monday, remarking that while the transition of government is currently underway, varied problems remain unsolved and projects are pending implementation.
— Pattaya Mail

Colliers: Bangkok condo launches rise
Newly launched condo supply in the second quarter continued to rise in Bangkok, with most launches in June after the political situation became clearer, says property consultant Colliers International Thailand.
— Bangkok Post

Thailand goes to the dogs – International Dog Show 2019
This year’s Thailand International Dog Show is being held at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok from July 4-7. The event, which takes up more than 10,000 square metres of exhibition space, will be open from 10am to 8pm each day.
— The Thaiger

Ex-employee caught for robbing 7-Eleven
A lone robber who made off with about 2.3 million baht from a 7-Eleven store in Muang district turned out to be a former employee of the store who was fired last year for alleged cheat.
— Bangkok Post

Luxury condos change the face of Sathorn Road in Bangkok
From Sathorn junction to Taksin Bridge, the riverside section of Sathorn Road has been transformed from a strip of shophouses to luxury residential condos in a gentrification that added 8,000 new apartments to the area.
— The Thaiger

Pattaya Police inspect three local bars after resident complaints, find multiple problems
Pattaya Thai police inspected three bars in the Third Road area of Pattaya this morning, July 2nd, 2019 around 2:00 AM after a tip from a concerned citizen that they were open past the legal sales time and disturbing nearby residents with loud noise and rowdy patrons.
— The Pattaya News

Motorcycle robbers escape with 70,000 baht from Bangkok 7-Eleven
Two motorcyclists have robbed a 7-Eleven store in Bangkok’s Bang Sue district and made off with 70,000 baht in cash. It follows another robbery of a 7-Eleven just one day before in Nakhon Ratchasima.
— The Thaiger

‘Fast and Furious 9’ Filming Begins in Krabi
Can you hear the engines roaring? Filming for the next “Fast and Furious” movie began in Thailand’s South on Monday.
— Khaosod English

Akira Nishino is new head coach of Thailand’s football team
The Football Association of Thailand (FAT) concluded a negotiation with Mr. Akira Nishino, 64, last night (July 1st) to be the head coach of the “War Elephants”, Thailand’s national football team and…
— Thai PBS News

Oil giant PTT boosts renewables funding over ‘uncertain’ crude outlook
Energy conglomerate PTT Plc is boosting investments in electricity generation, particularly renewables, given what it says is a “highly uncertain” outlook for oil over the next year.
— Bangkok Post

Nessun Dorma! Operas, Ballets, and More Coming to Bangkok This September
None shall sleep this September, when foreign opera, ballet, and orchestral troupes march into the kingdom for Bangkok’s 21st International Festival of Dance and Music.
— Khaosod English

Thai man angry at wife sets her motorbike on fire in the middle of his village in Nong Prue
At 11:30 PM last evening, July 1st, 2019, local police and rescue officials got an urgent call that an aggressive and angry Thai man had set fire to a motorbike in front of his home and was being aggressive and violent to neighbors in his village located just outside of Pattaya.
— The Pattaya News


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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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