In Thailand English-language News for January 30, 2018, Newsline presenter Surapan Laotharanarit tells us about:
00:45 | Thais have begun collecting commemorative coins struck to honour the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at Treasury offices across the country. Coins can be collected until July 31.
02:43 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday denied that the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) was intent on postponing the general election.
General Chan-o-cha said whether or not the general election will take place in February 2019 depends on the legal process.
Meanwhile Pornpetch Wichitcholchai, president of the National Legislative Assembly (NLA), said the NLA’s decision to adjourn the effective date of the organic law governing the election of MPs by 90 days stemmed from the call by political parties’ for the primary vote system to be cancelled.
He said the cancellation can be made through an amendment to the already-enacted organic law on political parties, which would require at least 90 days to complete.
Therefore, the 90-day extension to the election time frame of 150 days, starting from the day the MP election law comes into effect, is considered by the legislature as appropriate, he added.
04:21 | Prime Minister General Prayut Chan-o-cha yesterday chaired the 60th anniversary proceedings of the Armed Forces Academies Preparatory School (AFAPS) in Nakhon Nayok province.
06:01 | Minister attached to the Office of the Prime Minister, Kobsak Pootrakool yesterday attended a meeting with relevant units, media executives and the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) on adjustments to the Thailand Move Forward TV programme.
He said the media has the right to present issues and the programme in the way they seem fit, while suggesting they invite guests who are experts to clarify how the government provides assistance for people.
07:49 | King Prajadhipok’s Institute has petitioned the National Legislative Assembly (NLA) seeking a legal framework to allow members of the public to propose laws, in keeping with the new Constitution.
09:22 | Deputy prime minister and Minister for Justice, Air Chief Marshal Prajin Juntong, yesterday held a meeting to inspect the work of the Legal Execution Department (LED) and to deliver the government’s policies for 2018.
12:38 | An inspection of food prices at Don Mueang International Airport by General Viddhavat Rajatanun, chief of the Office of Ombudsman, and his team has found that while some items were more expensive than permitted in contracts with the airport, most goods were priced correctly.
General Rajatanun urged the Airports of Thailand’s (AOT) to strictly enforce price control limits at the airport and called for vendors to sell more drinking water that is cheaper than Bt10 (about US$0.31) per bottle. The AOT has 180 days to tackle the issue.
14:04 | The University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce (UTCC) has released its SMEs Business Index for the fourth quarter of 2017 showing improved confidence with a score of 42.3, up from 41.1 in the preceding quarter.
15:42 | Representatives of companies involved in Bitcoin and cryptocurrency trading have met with the Anti-Money Laundering Office (Amlo) and the Ministry of Commerce (MoC) to discuss measure to prevent and solve problems caused by illegal call centre gangs.
Police general Tanitsak Teerasawat, special advisor to the Royal Thai Police (RTP), told the hearing that since December 8 last year 90 per cent of money taken from victims by illegal call centre gang’s, worth more than Bt20 million (about $635 thousand), had been transferred into the Bitcoin system.
17:21 | The Minister of Public Health, Dr Piyasakol Sakolsatayadorn, has delivered his policy to the Department of Medical Science (DMS), instructing them to focus on medical research in order to prepare for Thailand 4.0.
18:34 | Raweewan Bhuridej, secretary-general of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (Onep) told the 23rd session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 23) to the UN Convention on Climate Change that Thailand needs to find financial support to achieve its carbon emissions reduction goal following the withdrawal of the USA last year.
20:17 | Indonesian President Joko Widodo has made an official visit to Afghanistan, arriving just hours after militants attacked Afghan National Army (ANA) outpost killing 11 soldiers. President Widodo said that Indonesian Islamic scholars could help promote Afghanistan peace.
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