Thailand Morning News For July 11

Thailand Morning News For July 11

Thailand morning newsHooyah! All footballers and coach out of cave
All 12 young footballers and their assistant coach who were trapped inside Tham Luang cave in Chiang Rai for two weeks have been evacuated from the cave on day 3 of the rescue operation.
— The Nation

Thai cave rescue: All 12 boys and football coach free after three-day diving mission
A daring rescue mission in the treacherous confines of a flooded cave in northern Thailand has saved all 12 boys and their soccer coach who were trapped deep within the labyrinth, ending a gruelling 18-day ordeal that claimed the life of an experienced diver and riveted people around the world.
— ABC

Hat Yai Airport ready for Hajj pilgrimage
Hat Yai Airport in Songkla province has prepared to facilitate Thai-Muslims who will be departing on Hajj pilgrimages starting this July 16.
— News Today (video)

Cabinet approves land windfall tax
The cabinet approved a draft bill Tuesday on the land windfall tax — a levy on inflated property prices driven by transport infrastructure projects.
— Bangkok Post

UK boosts support fund for British investments in Thailand
THAI AMBASSADOR to the UK Pisanu Suvanajata has welcomed the announcement by the UK Export Finance (UKEF) of a 4.5-billion pounds financing in support UK investors’ ventures and sourcing of materials in Thailand.
— The Nation

PM thanks foreign rescuers for helping save trapped boys and their coach
The Thai government will send communicate officially to thank the leaders of the countries which sent their divers to join in the rescue operation at the Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai. Certificates of gratitude will be given to all of the divers.
— NNT

All survivors safety exit Tham Luang Cave
The remaining five members of the “Wild Boars” football team have been brought out of the cave where they had been for 17 days.
— News Today (video)

Thailand-Sri Lanka strategic partnership MoU scheduled
Thailand is scheduled to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on a strategic partnership with Sri Lanka and announce the first round of Thailand-Sri Lanka free trade agreement (FTA) talks this week.
— Bangkok Post

Man islands in Rayong to be designated as protected area
A meeting of Thailand’s national policy and planning committee on marine and coastal resources has agreed to issue a ministerial regulation to designate the Man islands in Rayong province as a protected area under Section 20.
— News Today (video)

14th AWGHF held in Thailand
The Department of Livestock Development is hosting the 14th Meeting of the ASEAN Working Group on Halal Food (AWGHF) from July 10 to 12 at the Al Meroz Hotel, Bangkok.
— NNT

Draft bill on social firms approved
The cabinet Tuesday approved a draft bill for social enterprise promotion, aiming to prod businesses to focus more on social responsibility.
— Bangkok Post

AIS teams up with Singtel on e-sports tournament
ADVANCED Info Services (AIS) has joined with Singtel Group and other regional partners for the launch of an e-sports tournament.
— The Nation

Charges pressed against tour boat operator
The Tourist Police Bureau has coordinated with related agencies in Phuket province to assist victims of a boat accident that took place in the Andaman Sea last week.
— NNT

40,000 accounts eyed for ME by TMB
ME by TMB, the digital banking do-it-yourself platform of TMB Bank, aims to boast 40,000 accounts for its new deposit products by year-end.
— Bangkok Post

BGrimm Power’s Bt6.7bn debentures fully subscribed
BGrimm Power’s recent Bt6.7-billion two-tranche debenture issue has been successfully subscribed, reflecting the confidence in one of Thailand’s leading private power producers.
— The Nation

Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce beckons Indian industries and entrepreneurs
The Indo-Thai Chamber of Commerce (ITCC) today invited the entrepreneurs an industrialists from this region to invest in Thailand particularly in the industrial and education sectors.
— Financial Express

TrueMoney handles $5bn in SE Asia
Ascend Money, Southeast Asia’s leading fintech firm, facilitated total payment volume of US$5 billion (166 billion baht) across Southeast Asia in 2017, delivering 400% growth compared with 2016.
— Bangkok Post

World leaders congratulate rescue mission of 12 Thai boys and coach
World leaders have come out to congratulate the successful mission to rescue 12 young “Wild Boar” footballers and their coach, who were trapped inside the flooded Tham Luang cave complex in Chiang Rai for more than two weeks.
— Channel NewsAsia

31 companies express interest in EEC airport rail link
A number of Thai and foreign companies have expressed interest in the contract to build a high-speed railway connecting Don Mueang, Suvarnabhumi, and U Tapao airports.
— NNT

SKC standing firm on 10% sales growth outlook
Farm machinery maker Siam Kubota Corporation (SKC) has maintained its 2018 sales outlook at 10% growth to 56 billion baht even as it only grew slightly in the first half.
— Bangkok Post

Chilean miner ‘very emotional’ after Thai cave rescue
A Chilean miner who spent more than two months trapped underground told AFP he was celebrating the rescue of 12 Thai boys and their football coach who were imprisoned in a flooded cave for 18 days.
— Channel NewsAsia

Army sergeant shot dead in Narathiwat
More trouble in Thailand’s deep south today after an Army sergeant was shot dead while riding to work on his motorbike in Narathiwat this morning (Tuesday).
— The Thaiger/ The Nation

Siam GS Battery sets B1bn for SE Asia run-up
Siam GS Battery, an affiliated firm of Siam Motors Group, plans to spend 1 billion baht from 2018-20 to expand its production capacity of car batteries in Thailand and Myanmar, serving demand in Southeast Asia.
— Bangkok Post

‘Hooyah!’: Tears flow, horns honk after all cave boys rescued
Honking car horns and live “selfie” videos – this is how some Thais in the northern city of Chiang Rai and beyond celebrated on Tuesday (Jul 10) after all 12 boys and their football coach had been safely rescued from a labyrinthine cave complex.
— Channel NewsAsia

CAT board approves merger alternative
CAT Telecom’s board has approved a resolution for a merger of TOT and CAT to become a “national telecom company” to build up business strength, eliminate investment redundancy and create added value for existing assets of both state enterprises.
— Bangkok Post

About 1,000 migrants sent home from Thailand
About 1,000 Cambodians allegedly working illegally in Thailand were arrested and deported after the Thai government declared an end to a grace period for labourers, a member of the official receiving committee at the border in Poipet said Monday.
— The Nation

The Rest of the World Has Warmed to Thailand’s Military Rulers
More than four years after Thailand’s military seized power in a coup—the 19th coup or coup attempt since the end of absolute monarchy there in 1932—the country still seems far from a return to civilian rule.
— WPR

Women arrested for bloody hairdresser slaying
A woman and a pregnant teenager were arrested Tuesday in connection with the killing of a 49-year-old hair salon owner in Phra Samut Chedi district.
— Bangkok Post

 

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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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