In Thailand English-language News for September 4, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:40 | Thais from across the country continue to visit the Grand Palace to pay their respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Mourners are able to purchase diaries containing drawings by King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun, with the proceeds being donated to Siriraj Hospital, and as aid for flood victims.
01:49 | The Fine Arts Department (Fad) has rehearsed a shadow puppet dance that it will perform throughout the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej on October 26. In addition to the Fad’s own band, the orchestra’s from all four Thai armed forces will provide entertainment in accordance with Thai traditions.
03:03 | Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) chairman, Meechai Ruchuphan, has reiterated that the members of the National Human Rights Council (NHRC) will be reset under the new draft law in order to meet the criteria laid out by the International Coordinating Committee of National Institutions for the Promotion and Protection of Human Rights (ICC), and the Paris Agreement. He stressed that the decision was not made to discredit outgoing commissioners, but to promote the interest of the nation.
04:33 | Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) chairman, Meechai Ruchuphan, said yesterday that the Supreme Court (SC) can read its verdict in the rice-buying corruption case without the presence of former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra in court. He also said that Yingluck had 30 days after the verdict is read to file an appeal.
05:37 | Constitutional Drafting Commission (CDC) spokesman, Udom Ratamarit, said that he expected a coordinating committee will soon meet to discuss disputed terms in the new draft law for the National Human Rights Commission (NHCR), which includes terminating the remaining terms of existing commissioners. He also said that the CDC is working on a draft law to improve the transparency and efficiency of the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC).
06:52 | The National Legislative Assembly’s (NLA) religious affairs committee hosted a seminar over the weekend to seek out opinions and suggestions that could be used to draft the Religious Affairs Development Plan, which aims to promote interfaith harmony in the Kingdom.
07:58 | The Natural Resources and Environment Committee (NREC) of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has inspected the 44,800 hectare (110,703 acre) Thalay Noi protected reserve in Khuan Khanun district, which is plagued with waste water runoff issues, low water levels, and human encroachment.
09:12 | The Disaster Prevention and Mitigation Department (DDPM) has reported that nearly 3,000 families in 23 districts of Kalasin, Roi Et, Ubon Ratchathani, Yasothon, and Ayutthaya provinces are still affected by floods. Relevant agencies in those areas have been instructed to provide assistance to victims, with emergency services able to be contacted 24 hours a day on 1784.
12:08 | Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn has inspected the location in Phichit Province where the Bt340 million (US$10 million) Bueng Si Fai water management project is scheduled to start around later this month. The project is expected to increase the area’s water storage capacity to 12 million cubic metres, which would help prevent droughts and floods in the future.
Meanwhile, livestock development officers are educating cattle farmers about foot-and-mouth disease and providing guidelines for its prevention.
13:41 | Local officials held inspections in wet markets in Nakhon Si Thammarat and Uthai Provinces, to ensure that all meat and seafood products being served during the upcoming Spirit Festival are not contaminated with microbes or chemicals.
14:58 | On Sunday the deputy governor of Bangkok, Chakkraphan Phiew-ngam, presided over the opening ceremony of a traveling photo exhibition at the Talat Nam Song Khlong floating market, Wat Taling Chan. The exhibition is expected to help create jobs and better distribute income in the surrounding communities, and is in line with Bangkok Metropolitan Administration’s (BMA) plan to further promote canal tourism in Bangkok.
16:07 | The Government Savings Bank (GSB) has held a two day ‘SMEs Startup’ workshops for 100 teams that remain in its SMEs startup contest. The winning team will be announced on October 1 and will receive Bt1 million ($30,000) in prize money.
17:16 | Newsline takes a closer look at the joint venture between B Grimm Power and SV Group, and Xanamnoy 2 and Xekatam 1 hydropower plants in Champasak Province, Laos.
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