In Thailand English-language News for August 18, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:42 | Thais from across the country continue to visit the Grand Palace to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
01:50 | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has announced that a traditional Khon mask dance will be performed at the Sydney Opera House, on August 28 in honor of the dowager Queen Sirikit and to celebrate the 65th anniversary of Thai-Australian diplomatic relations.
03:21 | President of the Supreme Court, Weerapon Thongsuwan, has disagreed with calls to include inhalants in the narcotics list and has called for a review of existing laws on drugs in order to make drug laws more enforceable.
04:27 | The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed the draft law on the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and agreed with the National Reform Committee’s (NRC) recommendation to allow current members to leave their posts after the law comes into effect.
06:00 | Newsline takes a closer look at a ‘Thailand 4.0’ seminar, hosted by the Government Public Relations Department (PRD) which focused on how to do PR in a dramatic society.
08:27 | The Department of Disaster Prevention and Mitigation (DDPM) reports that the flood waters remain in the provinces of Kalasin, Sakon Nakhon, Nakhon Phanom, Roi Et, Yasothon, Ubon Ratchathani and Ayutthaya and has sent heavy machinery to drain floodwater in affected areas, Meanwhile riverside resident in Pathum Thani have been told to prepare for a tidal surge between August 19 and 21, while a flash flood alert has been issued for Nan Province in Thailand’s north.
11:56 | The Department of International Trade Promotion (DITP) has held a symposium titled ‘A Roadmap to Sustainable Growth in Digital Connectivity Era’ aimed at improving the competitiveness of Thai entrepreneurs in trading, digital development, and business development strategies for doing business in the Asean+6 community in the era of China’s One Belt One Road (OBOR) era.
13:58 | The Bank of Thailand (BoT) reported that 32 million mobile phone numbers have registered to use PromptPay, with accumulated transactions valued at more than Bt150 billion (about US$4.5 billion), with an average per transaction value of Bt5,000 ($150). The e-Wallet and PromptPay systems will be integrated next month, while the use of QR codes for transfers and payments will be launched on August 30.
15:32 | Minister of Industry, Dr Uttama Savanayana, has suggested that the Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) should place more focus on industrial development in each community to better serve the needs of small-and-medium enterprises (SMEs). The IEAT reported that during the first nine months of the 2017 fiscal year investment capital topped Bt102 billion ($3.071 billion) from Bt67 billion ($2.017 billion) last year, a 52 per cent year on year (YoY) increase, with most coming from the automotive and electronics industries. The IEAT is expected to deliver its response to Dr Savanayana’s plan within the next two months.
16:54 | The National Science Museum (NSM) has announced its third annual short film competition with a title ‘Science Around Us’ aimed at increasing awareness on the important role of science and technology in every day life. Submission forms can be downloaded from www.shortsciencefilm.com before November 30. The winner will receive a prize of Bt300,000 ($9,033).
17:54 | The Thai Retailers Association (TRA) and Impact Exhibition Management Co. (IEMC) will hold the third annual RetailEx ASEAN conference and exhibition between September 14-16 at the Impact Exhibition and Convention Center. The event is aimed at showcasing outstanding designs of retail stores, technology for retail business and e-commerce, and feature free training on e-commerce and business management from digital experts from across Asean.
19:20 | The Industrial Estate Authority of Thailand (IEAT) plans to develop the Map Ta Phut Industrial Estate into a ‘Smart Park’, at a cost of about Bt1 billion (about US$30 million) in line with the Thailand 4.0 policy. Construction is slated to commence in 2019.
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