In Thailand English-language News for November 27, 2017, Newsline presenter Cholaphansa Narula tells us about:
00:38 | Thais across the country continue to visit the royal crematorium and special exhibition. Sixty shuttle buses are available to transport visitors to and from Sanam Luang from six designated areas between 5am and 11pm.
01:49 | Volunteers across the country have engaged in various activities to perform good deeds for the society.
02:54 | The government is considering relaxing its ban on political activities and looking to revise several laws in preparation for local government elections. Deputy prime minister, Dr Wissanu Krea-ngam, said six laws related to municipal elections will be prepared and the government is consulting with relevant agencies.
03:50 | Constitution Drafting Commission (CDC) chief Meechai Ruchupan said that the timing of local government elections will be decided by the government and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO). However, Mr Ruchupan said related laws, including the Election Commission Act, will need to be amended if the decision is to have Thais elect their representatives at Tambon (or khwaeng) and Municipality levels prior to the national poll.
05:21 | A National Legislative Assembly (NLA) committee is reviewing the qualifications of candidates for Election Commissioner. Currently there are 41 candidates. On December 4, a shortlist will be presented to the committee and cut down to five. The five will be presented to lawmakers for approval on December 12.
06:03 | More flood assistance services and goods have been rushed to Phetchaburi and Phatthalung provinces, while the Thai Meteorological Department (TMD) has issued a warning of heavy rain for 11 southern Provinces.
07:42 | A 100-year-old giant mimosa tree in Kanchanaburi Province has been revealed to the public as part of the government’s cultural tourism campaign aimed at boosting tourism and income for local people. It is one of 65 trees chosen by the Ministry of Culture (MoC) to be the country’s iconic plants.
08:33 | ‘Miss Thailand’, Maria Ehren has made it into the final 16 of the 2017 Miss Universe pageant.
10:50 | General Thongchai Sarasuk, Commander of the Armed Forces Development Command (AFDC) and his team have visited a sufficiency economy center in Trat Province where local people develop their professional skills.
11:43 | Newsline takes a look at Nong Chik district in Pattani Province, which the government has listed as a Model City for Agro-Industry development using large scale farming and integrated farming projects and how it is helping to generate better income for participants.
15:14 | The Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University has teamed up with Central Retail Group to launch a ‘One Baht for a Million Life Project’ hoping to raise Bt5 billion (about US$152 million) for a 25-story building equipped with advanced medical equipment for cancer, kidney, and heart treatment. Construction has already commenced on the facility, which will be able to serve some 30,000 outpatients, mostly needy people, each year, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2019.
16:18 | The Public Relations Department (PRD) has held a seminar aimed at urging community radio media in the eastern region to help raise public awareness and participation in the government’s efforts to reform the country.
Lieutenant General Sansern Kaewkamnerd, acting PRD director-general, asked the media to use discretion before disseminating information to the public to avoid public misunderstanding that could affect the country.
17:03 | Deputy director-general of the Public Relations Department (PRD), Charoon Chaisorn, and his team have inspected the PRD’s digital TV transition project in Chiang Mai Province.
Mr Charoon said that households in the upper north can now enjoy a better-quality TV signal, adding that his department is ready to improve its digital TV system to enhance public access to information.
17:53| Newsline takes a look at the ’11th Annual CSR Excellence Awards’ organised by the American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM) in Thailand and the role that American companies play in transferring scientific knowledge to Thailand. Currently more than 2,000 American companies are in Thailand.
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