Thailand English-language News For March 31, 2017

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In the March 31, 2017 edition of Newsline, presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:

• Thailand Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has sad that the new Petroleum Act is aimed at benefiting all Thais and the country, and will not benefit any individuals.

• Thai police have implemented a road safety campaign ahead of the Songkran holiday next month, traditionally one of the deadliest periods on Thailand’s roads. From April 5 the campaign will be ramped up with police paying particular attention to those who do not use seat belts, wear motorcycle helmets, exceeded posted speed limits, and who consume alcohol while driving.

• In a telephone interview NBT interview’s assistant national police chief Lieutenant General Wittaya Prayongpan, on changes to the road law requiring the wearing of seat belts, and new requirements imposed on public transport vans, and pickups ahead of the Songkran holiday. According to Lieutenant General Prayongpan, pickup trucks will not be permitted to carry people in the rear tray for water fights during the Songkran holiday.

• The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) has reported that the Thai economy continued to grow in February, fuelled by stronger domestic consumption, agriculture production, and private investment in industrial machinery and construction materials. Exports contracted by 2.8 per cent during the month.

• Siam Commercial Bank (SCB) has hosted a seminar on FinTech and Blockchain technology in the digital era to raise the level of knowledge among financial services industry staff.

• The King Mongkut Institute Demonstration School (KMIDS) has introduced robotics as part of a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art (+ Design), and Math) curriculum developed in conjunction with the Robotics Academy of Carnegie Mellon University in America.

• Officers of the Peace and Order Maintaining Command (POMC) have delivered 2,000 water storage tanks to 75 drought-prone villages across 12 districts of Sisaket Province in the north of Thaland to honour the 84th birthday of the queen dowager, HM Queen Sirikit.

• The Association of Thai Architects (ATA) is making preparations for Architect 17, one of the largest building technology expositions in Southeast Asia, to be held between April 2 and 7 at Challenger Hall 1-3 at IMPACT Muang Thong Thani, Nonthaburi.

• NBT visits Rayong Province to see how attempts to combat illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices are being implemented and enforced.

• and more.


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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 via cable and satellite. It is also available via android and iOS apps.




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