In Thailand English-language News for September 28, 2017, Newsline presenter Sandra Hanutsaha tells us about:
00:37 | Thais across the country continue to register as volunteers for the royal funeral of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
01:43 | Visitors are flocking to visit Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall before it closes for renovations on October 1. The hall currently hosts an exhibition of more than 100 pieces from the Foundation for the Promotion of Arts and Crafts under the Royal Patronage of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit.
02:20 | Thais today celebrated National Flag Day with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha leading government officers and members of the private sector in singing the national anthem to mark the centennial anniversary of the current Thai national flag, first bestowed upon the nation by King Rama VI.
03:23 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha has thanked 15 retiring high-ranking officials for their dedication to their duties during a ministerial meeting, while urging current officials to continue publicising state policies.
04:16 | Deputy Government spokesperson, Lieutenant General Weerachon Sukhondhapatipak, has said that Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha’s meeting with President Donald Trump in the United States is intended to discuss bilateral cooperation, including the Thailand 4.0 agenda. The bilateral relationship between the two countries is approaching its 185th year
09:50 | Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Wissanu Krea-ngam, has denied that the government’s enactment of a law of approved measures to arrest convicts who have been temporarily released has anything to do with former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra, who fled the country ahead of being handed a five year jail term for malfeasance in the so-called rice pledging scheme case.
11:06 | Deputy prime minister for Economic Affairs, Somkid Jatusripitak, said that technology is a crucial element to keep the country in step with the world during a speech at the ACMA Business Forum 2017.
12:48 | The Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) has kept the country’s policy interest rate at 1.5 percent per year, citing the country’s growth prospects as the main reason. The MPC highlighted positive factors such as tourism growth, strong expansion in public consumption, and overall fiscal stability, while also taking into consideration risk factors. According to the MPC 2017 Thailand GDP should increase by 3.8 per cent.
14:15 | Newsline takes a look at Satun Geopark, which is currently being evaluated for inclusion on the Unesco list of geoparks globally.
17:43 | The World Economic Forum (WEF) has increased Thailand’s business competitiveness ranking from 34 last year to 32 this year, citing improvements in transport infrastructure, labor market efficiency, higher education and training, macroeconomic environment, and a significant jump in technology and innovation readiness as behind the increase.
19:12 | The Thailand Government Public Relations Department (PRD) and the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) have signed an agreement to exchange news personnel, information, footage, English-language programs, and language training during a meeting in Bangkok.
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