In Thailand English-language News for October 11, 2017, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:37 | Minister attached to the Prime Minister’s Office, Ormsin Chivapruck, has asked those attending the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej to be respectful when taking pictures and sharing information online. Meanwhile, the First Army Area has chaired a workshop on the wearing of 16 traditional uniforms by officials involved in royal funeral processions to ensure age-old traditions are maintained.
01:43 | NBT is broadcasting a special TV programme to mark the one year anniversary of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s death each weekday during the month of October between 1.30pm and 2.00pm. The programme contains information and updates on the royal funeral ceremony and a compilation of the late King’s work.
02:53 | The Ministry of Transport (MoT) has instructed the Bangkok Mass Transit Authority (BMTA) to prepare free shuttles buses to transport visitors to Sanam Luang for the royal funeral. For mourners outside of Bangkok the Transport Company will reduce its bus fares by 20 per cent between October 19-30. At the same time the State Railway of Thailand (SRT) will provide 262 train trips on the cremation day, while people traveling by boat on the Chao Phraya River and along Saen Saeb Canal will be transported for free between 6am and 7 pm on cremation day, October 26.
05:41 | The Cabinet has extended the mourning period for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej by an extra two days to October 29.
06:53 | Commissioner of the Anti-Trafficking in Persons Division of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), Police Major General Kornchai Klaiklung has led 500 faculty members, alumni, and current students of the King’s College to plant marigolds around Democracy Monument and along Ratchadamnoen Avenue in honour of the late King.
07:38 | Chumphon has converted a room built in the old city hall and used as a recreation room by the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn on June 20, 1998 following tropical storm ‘Zeta’ in 1997 into a museum to show their gratitude.
08:50 | Newsline takes an in depth look at the Hua Hin Dog Shelter which was established in 2003 after the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej called on the city to make space available for the project, and donated Bt5 million (about US$150,000) from the sale of t-shirts depicting his favourite dog, ‘Thong Daeng’.
14:14 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has asked Thais across the country to keep a close eye on weather forecasts and assured the public that the government is attempting to move water in the Chao Phraya River to the sea as fast as possible to minimise flooding.
15:17 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has announced that a Thailand general election will be held in November 2018, with the exact date set to be announced sometime in June, 2018.
16:45 | An analysis of the decision by the International Civil Aviation Organization (Icao) to lift its ‘red flag’ for Thai airlines by the Siam Commercial Bank Economic Intelligence Center (SCB EIC) says it will boost credibility among tourists, and generate more competition between airlines due to new routes opening, creating a greater demand for airline personnel.
17:55 | The Department of Land Transport (DLT) has announced its plan to renovate all public transport stations across the country to adhere to service standards as part of the government’s 20-year blueprint for operating and developing public transport stations. The project will start with five stations and is expected to finish early next year.
19:27 | The Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG) has become a member of the National Credit Bureau (NCB). According to TCGC manager, Nithit Manunphon, this cooperation will help increase the opportunity for SMEs’ to borrow from financial institutions. The details of more than 200,000 SMEs will be added to the NCBs database helping to improve risk management.
20:33 | Newsline takes a close looks at Asean member countries efforts to improve their public health care sectors.
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