In Thailand English-language News for Mach 26, 2018, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:45 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has backed the National Legislative Assembly’s (NLAs) decision to seek a Constitutional Court (CC) ruling on the draft Organic Election of Senators Act, saying that what the court says will settle any differences of opinion.
01:49 | Deputy Chairman of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), Phirasak Phochit, and a group of NLA members and representatives from the Office of the Narcotics Control Board (ONCB), the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and the Metropolitan Police Bureau (MPB) have met with local residents in Suan Luang district of Bangkok to discuss ways of tacking unemployment among former drug addicts in the district by developing their skills so that they can make a legitimate living.
02:53 | Chairman of the police reform committee, General Bunsang Niampradit, said yesterday that the committee plans to submit the draft bill to the government on Wednesday, March 28 and will hold a public hearing to seek people’s ideas for adjustments to the bill following its submission.
He said the draft bill focuses on improvements to the appointment and transfer of police officers, the enforcement of investigation laws, as well as the execution of police authority with the goal being to promote the roles of quality police personnel in the long run.
04:02 | Advocates of educational reform, lawmakers, members of the National Reform Council (NRC) and social workers have come together to discuss education reform in Thailand.
Chalermchai Boonyaleepu, a member of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) told the gathering that a draft bill on the Equitable Education Fund (EEF) had been completed and would be discussed at an NLA meeting on April 4.
The meeting also heard from Mechai Viravaidya, a former member of the NRC, who said that an initiative urging the private sector to help develop student-centered education and courses on life skills for public schools had already been submitted to the Prime Minister by the NRC.
05:12 | Deputy prime minister and Minister of Justice (ACM), Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, has instructed the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) to speed up the investigation of more than 400 cases under its jurisdiction.
ACM Juntong said the DSI is currently handling several cases with a high level of public interest, including matters involving human trafficking, and money laundering. He said the DSI had pledged to try and prosecute all 400 cases by June this year.
07:41 | Newsline discusses the problems of cyber bullying with Minister for Digital Economy and Society, Pichet Durongkavejroj, and how the Thai government is dealing with the problem, including the recent launch of the ‘Stop Bullying’ chatline.
17:20 | The Thai Graduate Society of the Blind (TGSB) and the Department for Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities (DEPD) on Saturday hosted a seminar entitled ‘Digital Economy and Society: Impact on the Blind’ at which they implored developers and programmers to create mobile applications and websites specifically for the blind.
The TGSB said there are very few applications and websites that cater to the needs of the blind, while the DEPD said it is currently working with Ministry for Digital Economy and Society (MDES) to develop mobile applications for the blind in accordance with the government’s Thailand 4.0 initiative.
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