In Thailand English-language News for April 6, 2018, Newsline presenter Surapan Laotharanarit tells us about:
01:10 | The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has confirmed that political rules have been relaxed, but warned parties not to cause any political chaos. Deputy prime minister, General Prawit Wongsuwan, said that the government has not been trying to control political parties and does not seek to enforce rules and law or to watch any particular party leader.
02:22 | The Ministry of Culture (MoC) has announced it is developing a strategy to boost the popularity of Thai culture, with the aim of improving global perceptions of the country and generating more revenue.
Minister of Culture, Weera Rojpotchanarat, said a film animation of the Ramayana epic is planned for 2019, while more films and soap operas based on events in Thai history are also in the works.
Mr Weevisit added that the promotion of Thai culture this year has seen increased numbers of visitors to historical sites, particularly Wat Chaiwatthanaram in Ayutthaya, while copies of Chinda Mani, Thailand’s first textbook, and traditional Thai attire and fabrics are in high demand.
05:56 | The National Legislative Assembly (NLA) has held a water-blessing ceremony for the elderly, while events are being held throughout the country to commemorate the Songkran festival.
07:15 | Provinces across the country have begun implementing road safety and management programmes aimed at reducing road accidents and deaths during the Songkran holiday. Drivers needing help for their route plans can call the Department of Highways’ hotline 1586 24-hours a day for assistance.
In Uthai Thani, vice governor Maitree Traitilanan has instructed authorities and village headmen to ask residents to celebrate Songkran festival in their homes if they consume alcohol.
09:00 | Security and administrative officials have beefed up safety and crime prevention measures for intra-provincial buses across the country in preparation for the coming Songkran festival.
All buses are required to be inspected at the Department of Land Transport (DLT) and must be equipped with seatbelts, emergency hammers, fire extinguishers, and emergency exits.
Meanwhile at the Northern Bus Terminal, Police General Chalermkiat Srivorakan, deputy commissioner of the Royal Thai Police (RTP), introduced the ‘Police i lert u’ mobile app which allows the public to upload messages and photos of crime scenes and incidents requiring police attention.
10:51 | The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security (MSDHS) has joined hands with the Women and Men Progressive Movement Foundation (WMP) and several other organisations to launch a campaign aimed at eliminating sexual assault during the Songkran festival. Anyone witnessing or experiencing sexual harassment is encouraged to report the incident by calling 1300.
14:54 | Newsline takes a look at the Black Sand Beach and Mangrove Forest Ecotourism Centre (BSBMFEC) in Laem Ngop district, Trat Province, in Thailand’s southeast. The beach is one of only five black sand beaches in the world, covering an area of 200 meters (about 656ft) wide and about 1.5-2 kilometres ( 1.24 mile) in length.
19:07 | The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MFA) has held a press briefing on topics to be discuss during the 32nd Asean Summit in Singapore between April 26 and 28.
MFA spokesperson, Busadee Santipitaks, said the summit will endorse the Asean Leaders’ Vision, the Concept Note on Asean Smart Cities Network, and the Asean Leaders’ Statement on Cyber Cooperation, under the theme ‘Resilient and Innovative Asean’.
Meanwhile, Kanchana Patarachoke, director-general of the Department of International Organizations (DIO) said that the United Nation’s Working Group on Human Rights has offered guidelines to assist Thailand further tackle human rights and business issues, with a draft national action plan expected to be completed this year.
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