Thailand English-language News for January 29

In Thailand English-language News for January 29, 2018, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:

00:50 | Princess Chulabhorn has established an emblem in the shape of an orange drop containing a white cross and the outline of five animals vulnerable to rabies for her ‘Disease-free animals, save humans from rabies’ programme. Described as a major problem in Thai society, the emblem depicts the images of a cow, dog, cat, pig and rabbit, while orange is the colour of the day of the Princess’ birth.

01:48 | Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday denied that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) had ordered the extension of the enforcement of the Members of Parliament Act.

The Prime Minister also denied that deputy prime minister and Minister of Defence, General Prawit Wongsuwan had submitted his resignation over the ‘watchgate’ scandal he is embroiled in.

04:09 | Thailand government spokesperson Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkamnerd reported yesterday that more than 7,400 ‘Thai Niyom Yang Yuen’ teams have been established across the country to solve grassroot problems for sustainable development.

05:16 | Thai authorities have stepped up measures along the border to prevent an influx of foreign workers in the wake of the government’s announcement of an increase in the nationwide minimum wage.

06:41 | Social Development and Human Security Minister, General Anantaporn Kanjanarat, yesterday opened a workshop in Khon Kaen to develop the skills of public performers, particularly those with expertise in traditional Northeast folk music.

08:00 | High-ranking officials of the Provincial Administrative Organization (PAO) in 14 southern provinces have attended a seminar designed to educate local officials on the 2017 constitution and local administrative reform.

11:17 | Natural disasters in 2017 have forced up the price of Thai jasmine rice and Pathum fragrant rice. Farmers in the Northeast report that the average price of unmilled jasmine rice is now as high as Bt17,000 (about US$539) per ton, while Pathum fragrant rice is selling for up to Bt12,000 ($381) a ton.

12:39 | Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) secretary-general Rapee Sucharitakul said yesterday that his department will introduce regulations for initial coin offerings (ICO) and cryptocurrencies in the first quarter of this year.

14:11 | Suwaphan Tanyuvardhana, Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), told Buddhist preceptors at Sam Phraya Worawiharn temple that the government is pushing for the reform of Buddhism, while also supporting Buddhist principles and religious activities in Thailand. According to Mr Tanyuvardhana, religious conflicts need constructive solutions that are based on cooperation and understanding.

15:12 | The Thai Red Cross Society has called for public blood donations due to a shortage affecting hospitals across the country. At least 3,000 units of blood are needed for by 150 hospitals nationwide each day.

16:23 | Bangkok deputy governor, Wanwilai Promlakkhano, has chaired the opening of a programme designed to inspire low-income children in Bangkok to learn English language from native English-speaking teachers. Initiated by Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA), the project is the second such programme and is part of the BMAs ‘No one left behind’ strategy.

18:04 | Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith and his team have visited Ubon Ratchathani to inspect progress on preparatory work for the 6th Thai-Lao Friendship Bridge. Mr Arkhom said that the new bridge, which is currently in the study and design stage, will shorten the road trip from Thailand to Vietnam’s city of Danang by 137 kilometres (about 74 miles) and connect the route to China.

19:28 | A wild Asian elephant in Xishuangbanna Dai Autonomous Prefecture of Yunnan Province, China, has been captured on CCTV sneaking into Lao PDR for a two-hour stroll before returning back home before dawn.

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Newsline is a daily Thailand English-language news and current affairs programme produced by the National News Bureau of Thailand (NNBT) under the Thailand Government Public Relations Department (PRD) for *NBT World, the NNBTs 24/7 English language television service delivering Thailand government news and information to the Thai, Asean, and wider Asian communities. AEC News Today publishes Thailand English-language News M-F.  

 

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