In Thailand English-language News for August 11, 2017, Newsline presenter Dhra Dhirakaosal tells us about:
00:40 | Acting on the instruction of King Maha Vajiralongkorn, Privy Councilor Charunthada Karnasuta has inspected water management projects at the Chao Phraya Dam, a sluice gate at Sapphaya district in Chai Nat, and the Bangchomsri sluice gate in Sing Buri Province.
01:40 | Speaking in the wake of a meeting with US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said that while Thailand must maintain an appropriate position between the United States and North Korea (DPRK), it will honour United Nations (UN) and Asean decisions.
02:43 | Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed the Ministry of Education (MoE) to enlist more than 600 former Thai winners of Academic Olympiads to share their learning techniques in order to develop Thai students. The comments came as the Prime Minister congratulated the latest winners from international competitions who won seven gold, seven silver, and eight bronze medals. Thailand sent 21 students to participate in the fields of mathematics, computer science, chemistry, biology, and physics.
03:31 | The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has approved the nominations of seven new members for the Office of Ombudsman Thailand (OOT) prior to some members retiring over the next few months.
05:00 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha said the government has no plans to remove the ban on political activities before the Royal Cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej between October 25 and 29.
06:10 | Jirachai Moonthongroi, permanent secretary of the Office of the Prime Minister, has held a meeting at the Emergency Operation Center (EOC) of Ubon Ratchathani Province to inspect the flood situation and ongoing relief operations, in addition to handing over flood aid cash of Bt50,000 ($1,504) for people killed in the flood. Coinciding with the meeting a relief supply caravan was dispatched to the second army area in Nakhon Ratchasima in the country’s northeast.
09:54 | NBT World takes an in depth look at a recent seminar held by the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), Sasin Graduate Institute of Business Administration (SGIBA), Aon, and The Nation newspaper themed ‘Smart Innovators for Thailand 4.0’ aimed at promoting innovation in the Kingdom, with the concept ‘everyone can be part of the innovation for the country’. The event saw experts from population studies, economics, and edutainment sectors sharing their knowledge and recommendations, with particular focus on Thailand’s ageing population.
13:25 | The public and private sector have combined forces to establish the Industry Transformation Center (ITC) to support Thai business and the industrial sectors in implementing advanced technology in line with the Thailand 4.0 policy. The center will also provide services that help connect local and international industrial leaders and in the transfer of technology and innovation. It will also provide financial support for Thai entrepreneurs to help them improve their competitiveness.
14:22 | A memorandum of understanding (MoU) has been signed between Department of Environmental Quality Promotion (DEQP), the Queen Sirikit Department of Sericulture, and the Office of Contemporary Art and Culture (OCAC) to promote eco-friendly silk for commercial purposes. Some 247 out of 680 silk producers have already passed the requirements for the eco-friendly silk project.
15:30 | Chairman of the Thailand-China Business Council, Wikrom Kromdit, said yesterday that Thailand will benefit significantly from the combination of the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) and China’s One Belt One Road (Obor) policy. According to Mr Kromdit the combination will boost the Thai economy by no less than 0.5 per cent.
17:03 | NBT world today takes a look at cooperation between Thailand and Lao PDR in combating human trafficking between the two countries.
20:19 | Russian Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sergei Lavrov, has met with Thai Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha on the occasion of the 120th anniversary of Thai-Russian diplomatic relations. The two discussed trade and investment and other bilateral cooperation matters.
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