Thailand Morning News For October 26

Thailand Morning News For October 26
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Thailand morning newsThailand kicks off sumptuous funeral of King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Thailand on Wednesday marked the start of a lavish, five-day funeral for King Bhumibol Adulyadej with a Buddhist religious ceremony attended by senior members of its royal family.
— Reuters

Junta leader to use absolute power to speed up EEC construction
The junta leader has announced that the regime will use absolute power to speed up the construction of the the Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC).
— Prachatai English

Cabinet approves bill to encourage people in fight against corruption
The cabinet has approved in principle a draft bill that seeks to encourage and protect people who provide information about suspected corruption in government bureaucracy.
— Thai PBS

A huge water mass is poised to flow downstream into Pathum Thani and Nonthaburi
The Royal Irrigation Department is confident that it is capable of managing a huge amount of water mass, estimated at 1,300 million cubic metres, currently retained in 12 water retention areas or “monkey cheeks” in Ayutthaya and Suphan Buri provinces.
— Thai PBS

HM King Rama 10 calls for cushions and fans for funeral participants
His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun has graciously called on officials to provide cushions and large fans for the benefit of those attending the royal cremations ceremony in Sanam Luang.

More boats used to push water into Gulf of Thailand
The Royal Irrigation Department (RID) and the Royal Thai Navy have used water-pushing boats to expedite the drainage of Tha Chin River into the Gulf of Thailand.

Malls replace shopping with service
OPERATORS of major malls in Bangkok and other main cities are providing free car parking and transport services today for mourners wishing to offer flowers in memory of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— The Nation

Sites, apps give information on Royal Cremation
THREE websites and two mobile applications are providing official information on the Royal Cremation of His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— The Nation

Exhibition interprets arts and crafts of Royal Crematorium
While the Royal Cremation is approaching, the Crematorium is not yet accessible to the public. But for those who would like to learn more about the architecture that reflects Thai history and culture, an explanatory exhibition can now be visited at Thailand Creative & Design Center. Khun Suchanee went there.
— NBT World (video)

Safety status upgraded: What’s next for the Thai aviation industry?
The International Civil Aviation Organisation or ICAO has now withdrawn its warning to aviation on safety standards in Thailand, a so-called Red Flag, that was removed in early October. The country’s aviation industry is now able to expand, but the challenge is how to manage the industry’s growth sustainably.. Suchanee Rungmueanporn reports.
— NBT World (video)

PM pledges assistance for all flood-affected people
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has ensured people of the government’s solutions to the flooding problem and vowed to take care of all groups of people affected by inundation.
— NBT World (video)

Factbox: Funeral of Thailand’s King Bhumibol Adulyadej
Crowds began gathering in Bangkok on Wednesday for the official beginning of the funeral of Thailand’s revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
— Reuters

Military arrests activist over plan to wear red shirt on cremation day
More than a dozen of soldiers have arrested an anti-junta activist who vowed to wear a red shirt on the cremation day of the late King Bhumibol.
— Prachatai English

TAT previews “Open to the New Shades of Thailand” concept at ITB Asia 2017
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has given a preview of the new tourism marketing concept, “Open to the New Shades of Thailand”, at the ITB Asia 2017. The official launch is set for WTM London this November.
— TAT News

TAT floats Bangkok and five unique locations for Loi Krathong Festival 2017
The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) is promoting multiple Loi Krathong Festival 2017 events in Bangkok and five unique destinations to celebrate one of the Kingdom’s oldest and most colourful traditions.
— TAT News


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John Le Fevre

Thailand editor at AEC News Today

John is an Australian national with more than 40 years experience as a journalist, photographer, videographer, and copy editor.

He has spent extensive periods of time working in Africa and throughout Southeast Asia, with stints in the Middle East, the USA, and England.

He has covered major world events including Operation Desert Shield/ Storm, the 1991 pillage in Zaire, the 1994 Rwanda genocide, the 1999 East Timor independence unrest, the 2004 Asian tsunami, and the 2009, 2010, and 2014 Bangkok political protests.

In 1995 he was a Walkley Award finalist, the highest awards in Australian journalism, for his coverage of the 1995 Zaire (now Democratic Republic of Congo) Ebola outbreak.

Prior to AEC News Today he was the deputy editor and Thailand and Greater Mekong Sub-region editor for The Establishment Post, predecessor of Asean Today.

In the mid-80s and early 90s he owned JLF Promotions, the largest above and below the line marketing and PR firm servicing the high-technology industry in Australia. It was sold in 1995.

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