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The Tourism Authority of Thailand (TAT) has announced that the Loy Krathong events for 2016 will be resumed nationwide as planned. However, the celebrations should be toned down slightly as a mark of respect for His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (07/11/2016)
The 2nd World Irrigation Forum and the 67th International Executive Council are being held in Chiang Mai province from 6 to 12 November 2016. Under the theme Water Management in a Changing World: The Role of Irrigation in Sustainable Food Production, the forum brings together ministers from ten countries, as well as 2,000 high-ranking officials, policy makers, experts, academics, and other prominent members of the private and civil sectors from 60 countries. (06/11/2016)
Four aromatic sandalwood trees from the Kui Buri National Park, Prachuap Khiri Khan province will be used in the royal funeral ceremony for the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej. A ceremony for the worshipping of the selected aromatic sandalwood is scheduled for 14 November 2016 at 02:09 p.m. (06/11/2016)
An area in front of the Grand Palace on the side of the Ministry of Defense has been allocated for the organizing of activities. Any organization wanting to hold activities to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol in the area may submit its request to the Bangkok Metropolitan Administrations Culture, Sport and Tourism Department, tel. 0 2225 7612-4. (05/11/2016)
Anyone finding homeless and destitute people at Sanam Luang is requested to call the hotline 1899. The Ministry of Social Development and Human Security has set up a unit to help these people, and it sends a task force to go around Sanam Luang after 09:00 pm. every day. (05/11/2016)
Ratchadamnoen Avenue and Atsadang Road will be closed on 5-6 November, since a great number of people are expected to travel to the Grand Palace to pay respects to the late King Bhumibol. During this period, Thammasat University will also hold a rehearsal for the graduate commencement ceremony. If not necessary, people have been urged to avoid traveling to the area. As for tourists, they can enter the Grand Palace through only Wiset Chaisi Gate. (05/11/2016)
As Thammasat University (Tha Phra Chan) will hold the commencement ceremony on 12-13 November 2016 and rehearsal for the ceremony on 5-6 November, anyone who will join these two events is suggested to travel by public transport to avoid traffic congestion. Further information about traffic conditions in the area can be obtained at the Thai Traffic Police hotline 1197. (04/11/2016)
Around 200 people involved in elephant conservation and care, together with a total of 9 elephants from the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, will travel to Bangkok to pay tribute to the late King Bhumibol in front of the Grand Palace on 9 November 2016, at 9.15 a.m. (04/11/2016)
The 8th Princess Chulabhorn International Science Congress will be organized 13-17 November 2016 at the Shangri-La Hotel, Bangkok. This year Professor Aaron Ciechanover, the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry, Israel Institute of Technology, will give a lecture on Why do our proteins have to die, so we shall live? The ubiquitin proteolytic system: From basic mechanisms through human disease and on to drug development. Other lectures will be given by leading scientists, namely Dr. Poonam Khetrapal Singh (Regional Director of WHO South-East Asia), Dr. Curtis C. Harris (National Cancer Institute, USA), and Dr. Norbert Frank (German Cancer Research Center). For more information please call 0-2553-8535 or visit https://pc8.cri.or.th. (04/11/2016)
The 25th Padung Krung Kasem Canal Fair will be held during November 3-27, 2016 at the area adjacent to the Government House. This fair features OTOP products under the royal initiatives projects of His Majesty late King Bhumibol and Her Majesty the Queen. Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affair will collaborate and jointly promote of Thai OTOP products in the international market in the future. The activities in this event are an exhibition on His Majesty late King Bhumibols royal duties and talents regarding foreign affairs and royal visits to foreign countries; and sales of products and food from 17 countries. (03/11/2016)
The Government Housing Bank (GHB) has provided a budget of 20 billion baht for its Parents Support Housing Credit program to prepare for the nation transition to an Aging Society. The aim of this program is to entice adult children to include their mothers and fathers in their household. (03/11/2016)
As a rice sales deceleration measurement, Bank for Agriculture and Agricultural Cooperatives (BAAC) will provide special loans to Thai rice farmers who were affected by current low produce prices. These measurements will allow farmers to receive a total of 11,525 baht per ton assistance money. This is a part of a plan to slow down the sale of 2 million tons of Hom Mali Jasmine Rice at present on the market. (03/11/2016)
The late His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit are on the cover of the French magazine Point de vue, for its 19-25 October 2016 issue, which includes the story and photos of His Majesty's life, work, and talents, and his dedication to all Thais through his various development projects. The article is another example of the praise the late King has earned around the world. (03/11/2016)
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said preparations for the funeral rites for the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej have been made by arranging two-thirds of the Sanam Luang ground as the site of cremation and the other portion as space for pavilions. An exhibition of the late monarch's activities will also be held in the area. (03/11/2016)
Deputy Prime Minister General Tanasak Patimapragorn said the Ministry of Culture has published a picture book compiling the funeral rites for the late His Majesty the King since 13 October. The book features pictures taken in Bangkok, the provinces, and foreign countries. Besides, one million copies of a handbook compiling the late monarch's remarks will be handed out to mourners. (03/11/2016)
Public celebrations and entertaining events may resume from 14 November 2016 onward. These events include national festivals, provincial-level festivals, economic promotion fairs at the provincial/ district/local levels, cultural performances and contests, entertainments ,hotel functions, live concerts, religious activities, sports competitions and events at all levels. Organizers should use their discretion in holding these events in an appropriate and lawful manner. With regard to TV and radio programs, broadcasting stations may also resume their regular programs. However, the Government seeks their cooperation in considering appropriate contents to broadcast. (03/11/2016)
In commemoration of 100 years of Thai rice research in 2016, the Cabinet on 4 October 2016 approved the royal celebration ceremony to honor King Rama V as the "Father of Thai Rice Reformation" and to honor the late HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej as the "Father of Thai Rice Research and Development." (02/11/2016)
Lt. Gen. Sansern Kaewkamnerd, the Government Spokesperson, announced that after 14 November 2016, all television and radio stations in Thailand will be able to broadcast their normal programs. Entertainment activities and concerts should take place in compliance with the laws. Regarding the appropriateness of events, organizers should follow the advice of the authorities responsible for specific areas. (02/11/2016)
On 30 October 2016, H.E. Mr. Maithripala Sirisena, President of the Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, laid a wreath to honor and paid respects to His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace and signed a message of condolences. (01/11/2016)
The World Bank's Doing Business 2017 report ranked Thailand at 46 on a list of 190 countries, moving up from 49 last year, with a points increase from 71.65 to 72.53, and ranking third in the ASEAN region after Singapore and Malaysia. Thailand's competitiveness is expected to rank higher accordingly. (01/11/2016)
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