Friends in Need (of “PA”) Fair 2023 Officially Kicks Off07 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - The Friends in Need (of “PA”) Volunteers Foundation of the Thai Red Cross held the Friends in Need (of “PA”) Fair 2023 to honor Her Royal Highness Princess Soamsawali Krom Muen Suddhanarinatha and Her Royal Highness Princess Bajrakitiyabha Narendiradebyavati for their unwavering commitment to aiding flood victims for over 28 years.During the fair, a ceremony took place to award commemorative pins from the Friends in Need (of “PA”) Fair 2023 to honor relevant agencies, remarkable benefactors, and the Friends in Need (of “PA”) volunteers network, Thai Red Cross. Chairman of Friends in Need (of "Pa") Fair 2023 Professor Dr. Surakiart Sathirathai presided over the ceremony. Dignitaries from various government and private agencies, including Public Relations Department (PRD) Deputy Director-General Tassanee Pholchaniko and NBT Director Jariya Prasopsub, graced the occasion.Deputy Chairman of the Friends in Need (of "PA") Fair 2023 Chatchai Phromlert highlighted its role in sharing the foundation’s vision and mission, particularly in aiding flood victims with principles of sharing, sufficiency, and sustainability. He underscored the collaborative efforts between the public and private sectors in supporting the operations of the Friends in Need (of “PA”) Volunteers Foundation.This year, the event is held at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center (QSNCC) from December 6–10, featuring an exhibition of the foundation’s mission, along with booths offering a variety of products and souvenirs. Proceeds from the fair will be donated to the Friends in Need (of “PA”) Volunteers Foundation, Thai Red Cross, to assist in the rehabilitation of individuals affected by floods.The fair also boasts daily musical performances from various institutions and charitable activities featuring artists and celebrities, providing an enjoyable experience for visitors.
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Senate Labor Committee Chair Aids Repatriated Thai Workers07 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Two Thai workers, Chalermchai Saengkaew and Phatthanayut Tonsokri, who were previously held hostage in Israel, returned safely to their homes in Nakhon Phanom province on December 4. They were warmly greeted by their families and local authorities. Pol Gen Adul Saengsingkaew, Chairman of the Senate Labor Committee, along with other officials, visited their residences to offer support and financial assistance. Each worker received 5,000 baht from the Thai authorities, a gesture meant to provide moral support and boost their spirits.Waranit Kiritphongvekin, Acting Employment Officer for Nakhon Phanom, informed the men about employment opportunities and the benefits of the Employment Department’s fund, which offers up to 45,000 baht in financial aid, including compensation for those returning due to war-related dangers or loss of physical or mental capabilities.The State of Israel has also provided significant assistance to the workers. Each worker received an initial aid of 10,000 shekels (95,000 baht) in the form of a cash card, and for six months, they will receive monthly payments of 6,900 shekels. In case of any health issues, the repatriated workers can seek medical advice and apply for further financial support for an additional six months.
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Chalawan Thailandicus Fossils Declared National Treasure06 Dec 2023
(picture source : ไดโนเสาร์เล่าแบบไทยๆ)BANGKOK (NNT) - Rare fossils of an extinct giant reptile, Chalawan thailandicus, from the late Jurassic period, have been declared Thailand’s 44th national treasure by the Department of Mineral Resources. The announcement, published on the Royal Gazette’s website, highlights the fossils’ rarity and special value, found in Nong Bua Lamphu and Mukdahan provinces.The first Chalawan thailandicus fossil, a nearly complete lower jaw, was discovered in the early 1980s near Nong Bua Lamphu, in the Phu Kradung Formation in the Northeast. After thorough research, Thai and foreign paleontologists in 2013 classified it as a new species, distinct from the previously identified Sunosuchus thailandicus.The fossil analysis suggests that Chalawan thailandicus had a skull length of approximately 1.1 meters and an overall body length exceeding 10 meters. The reptile’s name, "Chalawan," is inspired by a character in the Thai folktale of Krai Thong, who could transform into a crocodile with diamond teeth.
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Clean Air Advocate Doctor Succumbs to Cancer at 2906 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Dr Krittai Tanasombatkul, a 29-year-old social media sensation physician from Chiang Mai province, passed away on Tuesday (Dec 5) after battling lung cancer. His father announced his passing on social media, accompanied by Krittai’s signature hashtag "Su-Di-Wa" (don’t give up).A graduate of Chiang Mai University, Dr Krittai specialized in family medicine and had interests in clinical epidemiology and clinical statistics. Diagnosed with lung cancer in late 2022, his condition was linked to Chiang Mai’s severe smog, despite his healthy lifestyle.Krittai shared his journey through social media and his best-selling book "Su-Di-Wa.", hoping to return to teaching and was also drawn to spirituality and psychology. In October, his health deteriorated, leading to his marriage to his girlfriend.Using his experience, Dr Krittai advocated for action against air pollution in Thailand, emphasizing the need for clean air for future generations. His passing has triggered an outpouring of condolences and renewed calls for measures to improve air quality and efforts towards environmental health in Thailand.
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PM Leads Ceremony to Honor King Rama IX06 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin and his spouse, Pakpilai Thavisin, led a Buddhist ceremony and alms-giving event at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground this morning to celebrate the birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on December 5.Also present at the ceremony were the Privy Councilors, the President of the National Assembly, the President of the Supreme Court, and scores of high-ranking officials.The Prime Minister and his spouse were seen offering traditional Buddhist items and monk robes. The couple then performed a water-pouring ceremony for blessings and led the attendees in giving alms to 189 Buddhist monks.The day concluded with his visit to King Rama 9 Memorial Park, where Srettha once again led a wreath-laying ceremony, honoring King Rama 9’s legacy and reinforcing the nation’s cultural and spiritual values.
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Loei’s Rai Tam Village Fund Commended for Excellence05 Dec 2023
LOEI (NNT) - Prime Minister’s Office Puangpet Chunlaiad led a visit to the Rai Tam Village Fund in Loei Province, praising its outstanding management and significant contributions to community service. The visit on December 4 highlighted the fund’s successes and the government’s commitment to supporting community-led initiatives.Recognized as the Outstanding Village and Urban Community Fund of the Year 2023, the Rai Tam Village Fund is celebrated for its proficient management and accounting practices. Serving 250 members across 150 households, it sets a standard for other similar funds nationwide.During her visit, Minister Puangpet, accompanied by local officials, evaluated the fund’s key initiatives, including groundwater drilling, community water systems, and property rentals, with a total investment of about 1.2 million baht.While discussing government plans to lower expenses, increase earnings, and create more jobs for the village fund, Puangpet advised its members to consider utilizing their community’s unique organizational features. This aligns with the government’s Soft Power policy, designed to attract tourists and improve the local economy.
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Thailand Honors Beloved King Rama IX05 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - On December 5th, Thailand honors the birthday anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great, a day filled with deep respect and appreciation throughout the nation. King Bhumibol, who reigned as the longest-serving monarch in Thai history, was more than a ceremonial figure; he was a leader whose efforts have profoundly influenced the country.Ascending the throne in 1946, King Bhumibol’s seven-decade rule symbolized continuity and stability in Thailand. His era saw substantial economic, social, and cultural transformations.King Bhumibol’s impact was evident in rural development and agriculture. His Majesty launched over 4,000 projects focused on elevating the living standards of Thailand’s rural communities. These projects ranged from irrigation systems and sustainable farming practices to community development programs designed to reduce poverty and enhance self-reliance.King Bhumibol was also an avid supporter of arts and culture, cultivating a sense of national identity and pride. An accomplished musician and photographer himself, his support for cultural initiatives helped preserve and promote Thai traditions and arts.Today, the Thai people celebrate not only his birth but also ponder his teachings and philosophies, especially his sufficiency economy philosophy, which promotes moderation, responsible consumption, and resilience to external pressures.King Bhumibol’s legacy continues to be a source of inspiration and direction for Thailand. His birthday, also celebrated as Father’s Day in Thailand, is observed with various activities and ceremonies nationwide, from religious rituals to charitable events, all commemorating the cherished King’s life and his enduring contributions to the nation.
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Thailand Remembers King Bhumibol with Nationwide Tributes04 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Thailand is gearing up to commemorate King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great’s Birthday Anniversary on December 5, a day also celebrated as National Day and Father’s Day. The Ministry of Culture (MOC) has announced a series of cultural and religious events nationwide to pay tribute to the King’s significant impact on Thai society and culture.Culture Minister Sermsak Pongpanich has outlined the planned activities, which include Buddhist chanting, public service initiatives, and showcasing King Bhumibol’s musical talents, especially in jazz. The Fine Arts Department will conduct a seminar on the sustainable economy inspired by the King’s principles and a musical tribute featuring his compositions.A jazz concert at the Thailand Cultural Center, organized by the Department of Cultural Promotion, will showcase performances from prominent Thai orchestras and choirs, celebrating the King’s artistic legacy. The Department of Religious Affairs is also organizing community service activities at Wat Phra Ram 9 Kanjanapisek, in line with the King’s emphasis on spirituality and community engagement.Marigolds, representing the King and his birth on a Monday, are set to be used extensively in floral decorations. These flowers, believed to bring good fortune and harmony, are a poignant symbol of the King’s values of simplicity and sufficiency.Sermsak is scheduled to participate in various ceremonies, including an alms-giving event at Sanam Luang ceremonial ground and a wreath-laying at the King Bhumibol Adulyadej Memorial Park. The Ministry encourages Thai citizens to partake in acts of kindness, celebrating the King’s legacy of altruism and dedication to the Thai people.
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Transport Ministry Commits to Full EV Transition04 Dec 2023
BANGKOK (NNT) - Transport Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit announced Thailand’s move towards a 100% electric vehicle (EV) public transport fleet, beginning with the Airports of Thailand (AOT) limousine service. The statement was made during his visit to the 40th Motor Expo at Impact Challenger Hall.The expo, displaying a variety of EVs, underscored the increasing interest and sales in electric vehicles, demonstrating the government’s successful efforts to promote EV use. Suriya anticipates a 30% growth in EV usage across the nation by 2030, in line with the government’s policy to tackle air pollution and affirm clean air as a fundamental human right.Under Prime Minister Srettha Thavisin’s instructions, the ministry aims to switch expiring vehicle rental contracts to electric alternatives. The move is part of a larger agenda that includes 72 new initiatives from 2023 to 2027 designed to enhance different transportation methods.These initiatives include replacing conventional vehicles with EVs, constructing three new motorways that are expected to open by 2031, and improving local transportation in special economic zones. Plans also involve refurbishing Krabi, Phuket, and Chiang Mai airports, the introduction of 22 new national railway services, and the transformation of various piers on the Chao Phraya River in Bangkok into smart piers, along with the development of cruise terminals to support marine tourism.
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