In Thailand English-language News for September 14, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:38 | Thais from across the country continue to visit the Grand Palace to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
02:22 | Construction of replicas of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej’s crematorium in Chiang Mai, Udon Thani, and Phang Nga Provinces are well underway and are expected to be finished by October 15. Meanwhile, the Governor of Nakhon Si Thammarat Province, Chamroen Thippayapongtada, presided over a ceremony to mark the construction of the royal crematorium replica in Sanam Na Mueang Public Park.
04:15 | Director of Nong Nooch Tropical Garden Pattaya, Kampol Tansajja, said that all decorative plants that will be planted in Sanam Luang for the royal cremation ceremony will be ready in October. Fifty ebony trees and more than 100 Siamese rough bushes have been ordered to decorate the royal crematorium, once the construction is finished.
05:35 | Newsline talks to Minister of Digital Economy and Society (MDES), Dr Pichet Durongkaveroj, about the ‘Sigma Scheme’ – the Ministry’s strategy to support Thailand’s Industry 4.0 agenda.
14:12 | The Police Commission has voiced its support for the decentralisation of power to regional command centres. According to the spokesperson for the Police and Justice System Reform Committee, Somkit Lertpaithoon, the decentralization will allow regional offices to transfer officers, manage its own budget, and internal administration to increase the efficiency of public services.
15:19 | The Ministry of Public Health (MoPH) has signed an agreement with 19 public and private agencies to support the government’s plan to eliminate AIDS from Thailand by 2030 as a part of its 20-year national strategic program. Thailand currently has about 500,000 people living with HIV/AIDS, 300,000 of whom are receiving treatment.
17:04 | Newsline takes a closer look at Vidyasirimedhi Institute of Science and Technology (VISTEC) – a new, world class research university funded by the PTT Group in Wangchan Valley, Rayong Province.
21:22 | The Department of Asean Affairs has awarded three videographers with awards for best video clips to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Asean. Deputy Foreign Minister, Veerasak Futrakul, presented the awards to Warisara Intakhuen, for her video ‘Smart Farmer’; Lalin Phosri, for her video ‘Tourism Hub’; and Nattathan Krungsri, for his video ‘Khao Tum Mud’.
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