In Thailand English-language News for June 26, 2017, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:38 | Three hundred and forty nine men from ten hill tribes have taken part in a mass ordination of monks in Bangkok to honour the late Bhumibol Adulyadej.
02:49 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has invited the Thai public to abstain from alcohol during the Rains Retreat (Buddhist Lent) between July 9 and October 5.
04:04 | The Prime Minister has dismissed a Thammasat University political analyst’s comment that the current government will stay in power for ten years. General Chan-o-cha reiterated that elections will take place next year.
04:56 | In the first ten days following the Prime Minister posing four-questions on what people expected in the wake of general elections more than 220,804 responses have been received.
06:28 | Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn has expressed confidence that the prime minister will stick to the country’s reform roadmap and hold elections next year in spite of political instability and disturbances such as bomb attacks.
07:40 | The Industry Ministry is planning to suspend operations at a Charoen Pokphand Foods (CPF) factory after five people fell into a wastewater treatment pond at the facility and died. Officers from the Water Technology and Industrial Pollution Management Bureau and the Department of Industrial Works have launched an investigation into the deaths.
08:59 | The Federation of Thai Industries (FTI) has reported that automobile exports fell by 9.5 per cent year-on-year (YoY) in May. Last month Thailand produced more than 169,000 vehicles, a 0.65 per cent year-on-year and 40.69 per cent month-on-month (MoM) increase.
Of this 90,092 cars were exported, a drop of 4.67 per cent for the first five months of the year compared to the same period last year when more than 775,000 vehicles were produced.
Domestic sales for May increased 0.6 per cent YoY and 5 per cent MoM with 66,422 units sold. It was the 11th consecutive month that the Thai automobile export sector has failed to reach its capabilities.
10:19 | According to the FTI, The Thai Industries Sentiment Index (TISI) dropped from 86.4 in April to 85.5 in May as a result of the appreciation of the Thai baht and unstable oil prices. For the next three months the FTI has slashed its TISI from 100 to 99.6 amidst fears of weaker purchasing power.
13:30 | NBT World takes a look at the strategies Phuket International Airport has implemented to improve passenger flow and security as the domestic terminal undergoes major renovation.
15:50 | The Land Transport Department (LTD) has urged taxi drivers to report unlicensed drivers of ride sharing services to authorities rather than threatening or physically confronting them. The request follows a recent incident at Chiang Mai Airport where taxi drivers encircled an occupied vehicle they believed was an Uber or Grab car.
17:05 | The Department of Children and Youth has launched a Safe Sex campaign to reduce Thailand’s increasing teen pregnancy rate, the highest in Asia. The number of Thai teen pregnancies increased 100 per cent between 2016 and 2017.
18:19 | Ubon Ratchathani province and Phontong district in Laos have jointly organised activities against human trafficking along the border between the two areas. The activities were aimed at fighting domestic and cross-border prostitution as well as raising awareness of human trafficking.
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