In Thailand English-language News for October 3, 2017, Newsline presenter Surapan Laotharanarit tells us about:
00:40 | All provincial administrations and the Ministry of Foreign Affair (MFA) have received the royally-granted supplies and souvenirs bestowed by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun. The items will be passed to people serving as volunteers registered under the ‘we do good deeds with our hearts’ in dedication to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
02:28 | Thais across the country continue to travel to the Grand Palace to pay their respects for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, with the palace doors staying open 24-hours a day to accommodate as many people as possible before October 5, when it will close ahead of the royal cremation. Meanwhile, the construction on the funeral pyre replica in Chai Nat, Sukhothai, and Chachoengsao provinces are approaching completion.
03:53 | Deputy prime minister and Defense Minister, General Prawit Wongsuwon, has chaired a meeting to prepare security arrangements for mourners during the royal cremation. Royal Thai Army (RTA) Commander-in-Chief, General Chalermchai Sittisart, chaired a separate meeting held to ensure maximum security for the royal family during the funeral ceremony.
Meanwhile National Police Chief, Police General Chakthip Chaijinda, has received 11 new rented Mercedes-Benz vehicles, which will be used to escort the royal motorcade during the royal cremation ceremony, while Ormsin Chivapruck from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) inspected the readiness of the main auditorium of Thammasat University, Tha Prachan Campus, serving as the media and broadcasting center for the ceremony.
06:03 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha and his wife have met with US President Donald Trump and his spouse at the White House. The meeting highlighted the strong bilateral relations and discussed security, trade, and investment cooperation between two countries.
08:25 | Deputy prime minister Wissanu Krea-ngam yesterday said charges to be collected under the intended water resource act will not affect small agricultural producers. Meanwhile, General Akanit Muansawad, chairman of the subcommittee tasked with reviewing the bill said his committee has extended its review timeline to late January next year to seek additional public feedback during the drafting process.
11:31 | The Ministry of Commerce has set up resolution centers nationwide to support recipients of the new welfare card programme after finding that most were unaware of their card’s balance. Meanwhile the Comptroller General’s Department is working on installing Electronic Data Capture (EDC) machines for more vendors, with more than 15,000 scheduled to have EDC machines installed.
12:54 | The Ministry of Finance is to request that welfare card users be included in the government’s lucky draw in order to boost the use of the cashless purchasing system. So far more than 300,000 low-income earners have used the cards to purchase more than Bt90 million (about US$2.6 million) in goods.
14:42 | The Thai Bankers Association (TBA) has established a cyber security center for the banking sector aimed at upgrading cooperation and security to prevent cyber-attacks. According to the Bank of Thailand (BoT), in 2006, 25 cyber-attacks were logged each day on average, but in 2016 the figure had jumped to 300 per minute.
16: 09 | Full year inflation is estimated to adjust down from 0.7-1.7 to 0.4-1 per cent, despite a slight increase in September. The Ministry of Commerce (MoC) has revealed that Consumer Price Index (CPI) in September increased by 0.86 per cent due to the rise of food costs and adjustments to the prices of alcohol, and tobacco.
17:53 | The 4th Ship Technology for the Next Decade and international fleet review will be held in Pattaya, Thailand, from November 15-17 to showcase the future of naval technology, transportation, logistic, security, and navy related industries. The highlight international fleet review will feature more than 42 warships joined by all Asean member countries, plus 100 others from across the world. Newsline takes a closer at the details with Rear Admiral Dr Samai Jai-in, director of Dhonburi Naval Dockyard.
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