In Thailand English-language News for November 10, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:42 | Thais have continued to pay tribute to the royal ashes of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Pavaranivesh Vihara Rajavaravihara temple.
01:44 | Thais have continued to visit the royal crematorium of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Sanam Luang with some 245,000 people having visited over the past five days. People are no longer required to wear black clothing when visiting the site, which is open between 7am and 10pm daily until the end of the month.
03:04 | Deputy prime minister and Minister of Defence, General Prawit Wongsuwan, yesterday refuted accusations that the six questions posed by Prime Minister Paryaut Chan-o-cha on the future of Thai politics are politically motivated, while refusing to comment on rumors that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is planning on forming a political party to contest the next Thailand general election. Additionally, he refused to comment on a foreshadowed Cabinet reshuffle.
Meanwhile, deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said that the restriction on political gatherings will be eventually relaxed to allow for the establishment of new political parties and for current parties to hold activities.
04:30 | Deputy prime minister and Minister of Defence, General Prawit Wongsuwan, has instructed the Center for Integrated Solutions to National Security Problems (INSNSP) to urgently inspect distorted information being circulated through society and to focus on intelligence gathering.
05:45 | The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has passed the draft Chulabhorn Royal Academy Act into law. The new law separates the Chulabhorn Research Institute from the Chulabhorn Royal Academy so that the latter will have more flexibility to pursue its plans.
09:00 | Deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has told the ‘Thailand Economic Outlook’ conference that the Thai economy will continue to grow until the first quarter of 2018, with GDP growth expected to reach 4 per cent by the end of this year.
Meanwhile, Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith said that 2018 will see the highest growth in infrastructure investment. The Ministry of Transport (MoT) will invest in eight new projects worth Bt130 billion (about US$3.9 billion ) and continue with 51 more.
10:26 | Bumrungrad International Hospital is to revamp its Vitallife Wellness Center in a bid to establish itself as the anti-aging and regenerative medicine hub of Asean within the next five years.
11:38 | Phumsak Rasee, deputy director of the Agricultural Economics Operation Center (AEOC), said that this year’s floods will have less impact on the agricultural sector than in 2016, estimating the inundations have caused some Bt14 billion ($422 million) damage and affected about 600,000 farmers.
13:07 | The Vietnam Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) has held a meeting in Hanoi with representatives from Asean and Asean+3 nations to exchange knowledge on safeguarding media professionals when they are working. Between 2006-2016 181 Asean media representatives were killed or went missing in the line of duty, the most being in the Philippines involving 135 media people.
15:14 | Newslines looks at the ‘Asean Media’s People Visit to Korea Programme’ to be held between October 11-21 by the South Korean Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA) to raise awareness and promote bilateral understanding between Asean people and the Republic of Korea (ROK).
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