Search Keywords:
Searched the site for keyword(s):  
Search again ordering:  alphabetical  newest-to-oldest  oldest-to-newest
Results - of matches
Search took seconds
               

UN hounors King

Posted by hasekamp on 30 October 2016 at 17:54 PM
THE international community hailed His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej during the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly for his utmost dedication throughout his seven-decade reign. Representatives of the UN and six regional groups paid tributes to the much-loved monarch, during Friday's session held at the UN headquarters in New York. After observing a minute's silence, speakers were unanimous in praising the King's role in uniting Thailand through the Kingdom's ups and downs as well as his determination to ensure sustainable development through the implementation of his sufficiency economy philosophy. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon expressed admiration for the "visionary and humanitarian" King's dedication to improve the lot of Thailand and its people, particularly the most vulnerable sections of society. "King Bhumibol's commitment to sustainable development and national resilience helped move the country through its various development phases and towards becoming a vibrant economy," he said. Ban had paid a courtesy call on HM the King during his visit to the Kingdom in 2007. President of the UN General Assembly Peter Thompson recalled the late King's iconic phrase on his Coronation day: "We shall reign with righteousness for the benefits and happiness of the Siamese people" as a commitment for which he worked tirelessly throughout his life. Calling the late King one of the most venerated global leaders, Thompson praised the monarch for being a strong supporter of the multilateral system, as a force for peace and unity, and also a committed environmentalist. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Looking for online mode to control mourners

Posted by hasekamp on 30 October 2016 at 17:50 PM
A proposal has been presented to the government's situation monitoring command centre to introduce an online registration system to manage arrivals of mourners from all over the country travelling to Bangkok to pay their respects to King Bhumibol at the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in the Grand Palace. The idea was suggested by the joint Peace and Order Administration Centre (POAC), which coordinates activities around the Grand Palace, at the daily meeting of the command centre on Sunday. First Army deputy commander Maj Gen Thammanoon Withee, who is deputy director of the POAC, said the centre suggested people be required to register online so that authorities could manage the number of mourners and notify them when to come to the Grand Palace. It will create convenience for the people as they will know exactly on which day they should come, instead of making a journey to the grand palace without knowing if they will get a chance to prostrate themselves before His Majesty, Maj Gen Thammanoon said. The Interior Ministry's Damrong Tham Centre in each province would be used to assist people who are computer illiterate and have no access to computers once the system is launched, with the help of village chiefs and kamnans, he added. Prime Minister's Office Minister Suwapan Tanyuwattana, who is also the secretary of the government's monitoring command centre, said the latest measure on Saturday to allow mourners to enter the Dusit Maha Prasat Throne Hall in groups of 70 at a time instead of previously issuing a daily quota of 10,000 queue tickets, had allowed 30,000 people to enter the throne hall. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Free Postcards by Thailand Post

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2016 at 12:59 PM
Thailand Post is giving away free commemorative postcards affixed with a stamp bearing the image of His Majesty the late King. Samorn Terdthampiboon, president of Thailand Post, said the design of the postcard is 90% complete. The one-baht stamp carries the image of His Majesty the late King in a full air force commander uniform. The stamp comes with a seal dated Oct 13, 2016, the day His Majesty passed away. In total, 9,999,999 such stamps will be produced, according to Ms Samorn. She said people can request the postcards by registering online with Thailand Post or contacting local post offices. If more people are interested in getting hold of the postcards and the stamps than there are supplies for them, they will be distributed at random to ensure everyone has a fair chance. Ms Samorn said Thailand Post will see to it that enough postcards and stamps are distributed to people in Bangkok and upcountry. Thailand Post has also put on sale commemorative stamps featuring His Majesty. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Royal Anthem sung for the last time

Posted by hasekamp on 23 October 2016 at 12:53 PM
Black-clad mourners filled Sanam Luang to capacity on Saturday for an emotional performance of the royal anthem "Sansoen Phra Barami" in remembrance of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. Police said more than 150,000 people occupied Sanam Luang and side streets in advance of the afternoon spectacle, which began at 1pm as scheduled. More people were expected to continue arriving ahead of a second performance scheduled for Saturday night. The historic mass singing event was being filmed by the national artist and filmmaker MC Chatrichalerm Yukol. A 100-piece orchestra and a 100-member professional choir conducted by Somtow Sucharitkul accompanied the mass of amateur voices offering their most heartfelt tribute. The film of Saturday's event is expected to be ready for screening on television and in cinemas by next week. Bird's-eye view live camera footage showed a remarkable scene on the royal ground, with nothing but black visible as far as the eye could see. Crowds assembled calmly and followed directions as they assembled near the majestic Grand Palace. Most had arrived via shuttle buses arranged for the occasion from shopping centres and other public sites on the periphery of the city. Many of the participants were in tears as they sang, raising portraits of the late King or clutching banknotes bearing his image. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

Patong restaurants to be investigated

Posted by hasekamp on 20 October 2016 at 13:35 PM
The governor of Phuket has promised to crack down on restaurants in Patong allegedly overcharging Chinese tourists. Phuket Governor Chokchai Dejamorthan vowed to have the Department of Internal Trade investigate restaurants in the tourist hotspot at a meeting with the Vice Consul General and Head of The Phuket Consular Office, Wang Huijuan, in Songkhla yesterday. "Ms Wang brought up several complaints made by Chinese tourists to the island, of restaurants in Patong that do not show prices and overcharge for food," said Governor Chokchai. In the 'relationship strengthening' meeting, the pair discussed progress in dealing with 'zero-dollar tourism', a practice whereby China-based tour agencies pre-sell vouchers to Chinese tourists coming to Phuket to purchase items at tourist venues they are mass-bused to, meaning little or no income for local businesses that would otherwise be benefiting from tourism here. It would also help Phuket to regain more of the quality tourists that the island enjoyed prior to the slip into mass tourism. "Although the recent clampdown on zero-dollar tourism has resulted in a decline in the number of Chinese tourists visiting Phuket, I am confident in Ms Wang and the Chinese Consular Office's commitment to bringing back quality tourists [from that country] in the near future," said the governor. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


Category: Default

Banknotes will remain valid

Posted by hasekamp on 20 October 2016 at 12:54 PM
Banknotes featuring HM King Bhumibol Adulyadej will still be valid for any payment even if new designs are introduced at a later date, Bank of Thailand Governor Veerathai Santiprabhob said. Veerathai added, however, that Royal permission would be required before any new banknotes could be designed. (Source: The Nation)


Category: Default

Prayut: Stop provoking

Posted by hasekamp on 20 October 2016 at 12:51 PM
Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has warned people to refrain from upsetting those who are still mourning the passing of His Majesty the King. He said insensitive remarks and actions could provoke strong reactions that could lead to physical assaults, government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd quoted Gen Prayut as saying Wednesday. Gen Prayut also urged the public not to engage in vigilantism. He said it was up to authorities to take legal action against anyone who breaks the law. The government warned against any attempts to get the monarchy embroiled into any conflict. Lt Gen Sansern said that while some people may think differently from others, they should keep their opinions to themselves. They should avoid speaking out or acting in a way that is insensitive to the feelings of the public who are grieving the loss of His Majesty the King. Otherwise, what they could get in turn is a barrage of dissatisfaction from others that could lead to physical harm, Lt Gen Sansern said. "Don't try to provoke any conflict at the moment and don't get the monarchy involved in any conflict. Now is the time for all of us to unite," Lt Gen Sansern said.The spokesman also said the prime minister was unhappy that some people were taking the law into their own hands and using violence against those who had allegedly insulted the monarchy. While some people acted inappropriately towards the monarchy or posted "inappropriate" messages, it was also wrong for the public to use violence against them, Lt Gen Sansern said.


Category: Default

Grand palace well guarded

Posted by hasekamp on 20 October 2016 at 12:47 PM
The 1st Army has deployed about 40,000 soldiers in the vicinity of the Grand Palace to assist and ensure the safety of mourners of the late King Bhumibol. Lt Gen Apirat Kongsompong, the 1st Army commander, said on Thursday the force is involved in intelligence matters, public security and services, and traffic management. The prime minister and the defence minister were concerned for the safety and convenience of the large number of people visiting the area, he said. His deputy, Maj Gen Thammanoon Withee, said 30,000-35,000 mourners were in the area every day. The 1st Army had also arranged accommodation at 15 locations for people from other provinces, he said. The public could be confident of their security as the soldiers were on duty there around the clock. Metropolitan police, city officials and other soldiers deployed by the National Council for Peace and Order were also on duty there, he said.(Source: The Bangkok Post)


Category: Default

King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died (UPDATED EXTENSIVELY)

Posted by hasekamp on 13 October 2016 at 14:50 PM
On October 13, 2016, early in the afternoon, local time, the revered and much respected King Bhumibol Adulyadej has died. The country is in deep mourning. I happened to be in Thailand at the time, but I didd not have the necessary access to the internet to publish this event extensively.The official announcement was made at 7 p.m. local time on tv. The announcer was dressed completely in black: black costume, black shirt, black necktie. The background in the tv studio also was black. This was an impressive moment. After thjis announcement there was a speech by PM Prayut, who lso announced the official mourning periods. After the official announcements, all tv stations only showed movie clips of the life of the late King. In these clips all colour was filtered away, leaving black and white images only. I was in a hotel, where there was cable tv service, but very soon also the channels used by CNN, BBC and other foreign news stations showed the mourning program only. The next morning (remember: the official announcement had been made early in the evening) people on the streets were for - I estimate - 70% dressed in black, and this number was increasing. Our hotel was rather close to one of the branches of Central Department Store, and on the next morning all shop windows only showed black dresses. All Government and other official buildings were decorated with black and white ribbons. Remember: all this happened overnight. I can hardly imagine a country where these large transitions can be made overnight.The information about the succession was very limited. On one hand the Crown Prince, the heir to the Throne, appointed by the late King himself (in 1972) surprised by saying he wanted to announce his decision after the mourning period of one year. The Government said that the people should not worry about the succession. The by the late King himself appointed heir to the Throne was the only person to fulfill this duty. Meanwhile 96-year old Gen. Prem, who has been PM and who is well familiar with the Palace, will fulfill the duties of the King.


Category: Default

Results of the search for    [which took seconds]

  • Total Matches: Documents
  • Total Pages:
  • Current Page #:
  • Matches on This Page: -
  •