In Thailand English-language News for March 5, 2018, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
0:45 | King Maha Vajiralingkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has assigned Privy Councillor General Surayud Chulanont to perform royal prayer rites to honour Thailand’s past monarchs, and to bless Queen Sirikit of the Ninth Reign, ahead of this year’s Songkran festival. The ceremony is scheduled to take place at the Royal Plaza on the grounds of Dusit Palace, Sanam Suea Pa, on April 6 at 5:40 pm.
The King has also asked relevant agencies to organize a Thai New Year cultural fair at Dusit Palace between April 7 and 8 which will feature Songkran activities, cultural performances, and more.
2:03 | A Royal Thai Police (RTP) task force has predicted that about 10 million cars will be on the roads during the Songkran holidays this year, an increase by 7 per cent over the new year holiday period. To improve traffic conditions the police intend to ask drivers and owners of trucks with ten-wheels or more to keep them off the roads during the holiday period.
Police say they will also strictly enforce a ban of travelling in the back of pickup trucks for inter-provincial journeys.
3:17 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday led a delegation of cabinet members to Pattani province for the opening of the 13th Southern Region Boy Scouts Conference, prior to chairing a meeting on southern region development at Pattani Provincial Hall.
4:49 | Livestock departments across Thailand continue to provide rabies vaccinations and sterilisation services for cats and dogs.
5:44 | Business leaders and representatives from related agencies have joined a forum on “The Future of Mobility” organised by the German Embassy, aimed at solving transportation problems in Thailand.
09:58 | Deputy prime minister Somkid Jatusripitak has delivered his policy address on developing Industry 4.0 in Thailand, including the promotion of the S-Curve industries, and SME 4.0, at the Ministry of Industry (MoI).
Mr Jatusripitak placed an emphasis on the establishment of Industry Transformation Center’s (ITCs) across the country saying they will provide small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with access to the latest technology and innovations.
He urged the ministry to collaborate with the private sector to raise the standards of community products, with an aim of generating more income for 100 communities this year.
11:17 | The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has launched a ‘Take a Break’ campaign to promote 20 secondary tourism destinations by inviting 20 teams from 20 different professions to visit. The project is expected to generate more than Bt200 million (US$6.4 million) in tourism revenue for local communities.
13:12 | Newsline discusses the Tourism Authority of Thailand’s (TATs) ‘Take a Break’ campaign with Pinyot Pibulsonggram, vice president-corporate communications and lifestyle at Nok Air.
21:31 | Indonesia officials have declared a state of emergency around the port city of Balikpapan on Borneo island after a large oil spill and fire killed four people over the weekend. The city’s environmental agency has warned the public not to carry out activities that could spark fires. State-owned oil and gas giant PT Pertamina has admitted it is responsible for the spill, after denying so for the past several days.
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