“PM Narendra Modi” releasing on 5th April, 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

This film is the inspiring saga of a man, a politician, a leader and a Visionary – the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Damodar Das Modi. It covers his 64 – year epic journey, from abject poverty, selling tea on a railway station as a chaiwallah (tea seller) to becoming the Leader of the world’s largest democracy! The film “PM Narendra Modi” is the shining symbol of the victory of a common man.

Directed by – Omung Kumar

Produced by – Suresh Oberoi, Sandip Ssingh, Anand Pandit
Production Company – Legend Global Studio, Anand Pandit Motion Pictures

Release Date: 05th April 2019

Cast: Vivek Anand Oberoi, Suresh Oberoi, Barkha Sengupta, Prashant Narayanan, Darshan Kumar, Boman Irani, Zarina Wahab, Manoj Joshi, Anjan Shrivastav, Karan Patel, Akshat R Saluja

PRD holds workshop on ‘Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism’

The Thai Government’s Public Relations Department (PRD) is today holding “Maintaining Credibility and Trust in Journalism”, a collaborative workshop for addressing fake news in ASEAN

PRD Deputy Director-General Dr. Charoon Chaisorn presided over the opening ceremony of the workshop. He said the PRD is fully aware of the opportunities and challenges of communication in the digital era. Through digital sources, there has been a massive increase in the reach of media. However, disinformation and fake news may come appear in various forms and at any time. He believes that the professional journalists should jointly deal with this issue, and that they will be able to tackle the spread of fake news and disinformation, thus negating its negative effects more effectively.

On the regional stage, ASEAN member countries were urged to drive mechanisms to address disinformation and fake news while promoting education to improve media-literacy in the region. The call was made at the 14th Conference of ASEAN Ministers Responsible for Information in Singapore in May 2018. This is a similar focus to that of the Communication and Information Sector under UNESCO.

UNESCO Bangkok Director Shigeru Aoyagi said disinformation and fake news are issues around the world. Fake news is content that is deliberately and intentionally fabricated, but pretends to be true and to be news, and produced with the intention of benefiting its creator. Most recently UNESCO produced a Handbook for Journalism Education and Training entitled ‘Journalism, ‘Fake News’ and Disinformation. It has been translated into Vietnamese and is currently under translation into Thai.

In the workshop, participants learn from the challenges posed by information disorder and work together to identify effective responses for strengthening and rebuilding trust in journalism in ASEAN countries.

Information and Source

Reporter : Tarin Angskul

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

EGAT, MEA, PEA discuss electricity security, preparations for coronation

The Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT), the Metropolitan Electricity Authority (MEA), and the Provincial Electricity Authority (PEA) held a meeting to discuss electricity security and measures to ensure that there will be sufficient electricity during the general election on March 24th, 2019, and the coronation ceremony for His Majesty the King during May 4th to 6th, 2019.

The meeting on Wednesday (Mar 20) was attended by the EGAT Deputy Governor, Rerngchai Kongthong, and high-ranking officials from the MEA and the PEA.

Mr. Rerngchai said the three agencies will perform maintenance of electrical systems, avoid unnecessary maintenance during these periods, and have staff ready to tackle potential emergencies to ensure that the important events go smoothly.

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Reporter : Praphorn Praphornkul

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Thailand to host 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting in Chiang Rai

The Finance Ministry will host the 23rd ASEAN Finance Ministers’ Meeting (AFMM) under the theme of “Advancing Partnership for Sustainability.”

Natthawut Thammasiri, director of the International Economic Policy Bureau, said the meeting would be organized in Chiang Rai on April 3-5, 2019, along with the 5th ASEAN Finance Ministers’ and Central Bank Governors’ Meeting (AFMGM). The meetings will focus on connectivity, sustainability and immunity.

For connectivity, the participants would focus on the integration of payment systems and services, the use of local currencies for product and service payment and investment, transnational electronic money transfers and the use of universal QR codes for payment in Southeast Asia.

For sustainability, ASEAN member states will support their financial sectors in response to Sustainable Development Goals and to promote access to financial services.

For immunity, participants will discuss cybersecurity and joint efforts to regulate digital assets.

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Reporter : tewit kemtong

Rewriter : Tarin Angskul

National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Opening Film of RCB Film Club’s 2019 Film Series- ‘ English Vinglish’, India- Sat 16 March, 2019


‘ENGLISH VINGLISH’, INDIA (With English sub-titles)

2 Hrs. 14 Mins
Directed by Gauri Shinde
Kind Courtesy: Eros International
VENUE: RCB FORUM (2nd Floor, River City Bangkok)

Our Opening Film of 2019, is a memorable movie from India, which combines linguistics, domesticity, multi-culturalism, with delightful ease. It stars one of the greatest actresses of the country, Sridevi, known for her superior dancing and dramatic skills, who acted in more than 200 films, but died tragically in a drowning incident, last year.
Infact, this was the come-back film of the super-star actress, after a 15-year hiatus, where she focused on her domestic life and the upbringing of her two daughters.
‘English Vinglish’ centers around Shashi, a housewife and home-maker who is happy looking after her family, and making ‘laddus’ (Indian traditional sweets). She is not too bothered about her lack of English-speaking skills, inspite of the digs her husband and family make about that.

Things change, when she goes to New York, to help in the marriage of her niece, and finds herself in many embarrassing situations, at not knowing the English language. That’s when she decides to enroll for a short English-speaking course in the city. Shashi meets a bunch of lively, multi-racial personalities, including a Pakistani cab-driver, Mexican nanny, closeted African, and French man who starts getting attracted to her. They love her innocent, effervescent personality, and have lots of fun together.

She is confused by the French man’s attentions, though it raises her self-worth. That’s when her family joins her in New York for the wedding. They are surprised by Shashi’s newly acquired English-language skills, and even more, by her impressive ‘English’ toast to the wedding-couple. They soon realize that they had judged her unfairly. But Shashi’s self-confidence has been totally boosted.
The film, with its lively scenes and vibrant energy, pleased audiences around the world, starting with the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival. It won Audience awards, ‘Popular’ prizes, and was a huge box-office hit. Debut female director Gauri Shinde, formerly in advertising, made a big splash with this film.

Don’t miss a scintillating Indian comedy, starring one of the greatest actresses of the country, who is sadly no more the film also boasts of a delightful guest- appearance by the great actor Amitabh Bachchan.

Hollywood Reporter: “The way the character has been crafted by Shinde, and interpreted by Sridevi, is gloriously feminine, and uniquely Indian.”
The Guardian: “An un-demanding picture that goes down as well as the heroine’s tasty ladoos!”
Times of India: “It’s a sweet, sensitive, and superlative film that makes you laugh, cry, and smile. One of the best films of the year!”

The Opening Film of RCB Film Club’s 2019 Movie Series, is supported by the
Embassy of India, who will host a Reception after the screening, which will include Indian wines and snacks.
Newly-arrived Indian Ambassador HE Suchitra Durai will introduce the film.




An RCB Boat-Service will leave Saphan Thaksin Pier, at 3:30 pm.
*****A return RCB Boat-Service will leave the RCB Pier, at 7:00 pm
(Please contact at Concierge Counter on the 1st Floor)
When you Reserve Seats for the film, kindly inform if you would like to avail
of the RCB boat-services.


5th Royal Canin International Cat Show 2019’ from 8th – 10th March 2019 at BCC Hall, 5th floor,  CentralPlaza Ladprao

Meet the purrfect world-class award-winning pedigree cats attending competition in Thailand, a spectacular event cat lovers must not miss…

CentralPlaza Lardprao and the Cat Fanciers’ Club of Thailand (CFCT) are holding the “5th Royal Canin International Cat Show 2019” from 8th to 10th March 2019 at BCC Hall, 5th floor, CentralPlaza Lardprao. The event will be held to promote and encourage greater development for cats and owners and to give the opportunity for an international competition. This is the first time that Thailand is presenting its standard cat breeds, thanks to the collaboration of Thai cat farms and the Thailand Cat Club (TCC). This free-of-charge event will also help supporting Thai tourism.


Special Highlights:

– Cat contests for Thai breeds, for all international cat breeds with pedigree certificates from various associations, for castrated cats and mixed-breed cats (4 Rings).

– Judges have been certified by the international Cat Fanciers’ Association (CFA).

– International cat competitions certified by CFA 8 Rings Standard.

– Meet the chunky ‘Barrol’, a popular celebrity cat who will be presented at the booth of Thonglor Pet Hospital, where experts and veterinarians will offer free consultations, health-checkups, anti-flea drops and rabies vaccinations for your pets.

– Discover celebrity cats such as Barrol from the ‘JowBarrol’ Facebook page, Johnny The Copper Cat, Hachi Hane from the Hashiharit Facebook page, Meeboon from the Meeboon Facebook page, and superstar cats from the MEO Me & You Series, who will create a fun vibeat the event.

– There will be a variety of choices for pet food and interesting items which are ideal for pet lovers.

– A ‘Free’ DIY corner for cat lovers will be run by the CFCT.

– There will be cat sterilization services and ‘Find a home for stray cats’ with ‘Rakmaew’ for theStray Cats Foundation, supported by the CFCT.

Enjoy all these activities at the ‘5th Royal Canin International Cat Show 2019’ from 8 th to 10 th March 2019 at BCC Hall, 5 th floor, CentralPlaza Lardprao.





For further information and full details, please contact:Viritsamalar Aroonlert, Corporate Communications, Central Pattana plcTel: 098 282 9559 or Call Center 0-2635-1111

“Badla” releasing 8th March, 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

Sach wahi hota hai, jo saabit kiya ja sake! Here’s presenting the official trailer of Sujoy Ghosh’s directorial Badla starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu. #BadlaTrailer #AmitabhBachchan #TaapseePannu

Red Chillies Entertainment in association with Azure Entertainment brings to you this thriller which will hit the screens worldwide on 8th March 2019.


Directed by: Sujoy Ghosh
Produced by: Gauri Khan, Sunir Kheterpal, Akshai Puri
Co-Producer: Gaurav Verma
Original Story: Oriol Paulo
Adapted Screenplay: Sujoy Ghosh
Dialogues: Sujoy Ghosh, Raj Vasant
Cinematography: Avik Mukhopadhyay
Co-Producer: Gaurav Bose
Editor: Monisha R. Baldawa
Original Score: Clinton Cerejo
Guest Composer: Amaal Mallik
Composers: Clinton Cerejo, Anupam Roy
Casting Director: Priyata Dixit, Magda Sobolewska (UK)
Prosthetics: Christian Tinsley, Dominie Till
Associate Director: Shome Makhija
Script Supervisor: Ankit Dahiya
First Assistant Director: Chandrika Chandran
Second Assistant Director: Dane Ross
Third Assistant Director: Diya Ghosh
Chief AC & A Camera: Anup Singh
B Camera Operator: Adri Thakur
Stunt Directors: Sham Kaushal, Alister Mazzotti
Production Designer: Kaushik Das & Subrata Barik, Paul Rowen (UK)
Art Director: Durga Prasad, Priyanka
Costume Designer: Dipika Lal, Anirudh Singh
VFX Supervisor: Sandeep Kamal
UK Production Controller: Meera Rajah
Line Producer: Mahipal Karan, Sunny Surani, Sunny Denvi

A young dynamic entrepreneur finds herself in a locked hotel room next to the body of her dead lover. She hires a prestigious lawyer to defend her, and over the course of one evening, they work together to find out what actually happened.

“Mere Pyare Prime Minister” releasing 15th March, 2019 at ICONSIAM, EmQuartier, Major Ekamai, & Pattaya

A story about four children living in a Mumbai slum in India. An eight-year old Kanhu writes a letter to the Prime Minister after a dramatic incident with his mother. A small boy has to achieve the impossible.

Director: Rakeysh Omprakash Mehra
Writers: Hussain Dalal, Manoj Mairta
Stars: Rasika Agashe, Sonia Albizuri, Syna Anand

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First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation.

A mega “Northeast India Festival”, comprising of trade, tourism, culture, academics and fashion was held this weekend in Bangkok, the first of its kind outside India. Chief organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta, who has held similar festivals in Delhi, informed that Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s “Act East” policy had prompted him to undertake this mega Northeast India Festival, outside India. More more than 500 officials from Northeast Indian governments had flown down to Bangkok for the mega event. These included bureaucrats, MPS, tourism heads, entrepreneurs, academics, chefs and artistes.

“Northeast India, connected by a 22 km-corridor to mainland India, has always suffered due to its geographical isolation. But opening up Southeast Asia through Northeast India, is full of promise”, he stated.

In fact the tagline of the festival was “Connecting Northeast India to Southeast Asia.”

With the Northeast region sharing a common border with Southeast Asian countries like Bhutan, Thailand and Burma, the festival was an important event, especially as Thailand is chairman of the Asean this year. The 1582 km-long Trilateral Highway, from Manipur to Burma and Maesot in Thailand, to be ready next year, was often referred to in the discussions, as it was expected to make Northeast India, “the hub of Southeast Asia”.

Thai deputy commerce minister Chutima Bunyapraphasara inaugurated the “Northeast India Festival,” speaking of her good impressions of Assam during a business trip, and informing that she would be taking a trade delegation there in May.

The highlight of the Northeast India Festival in Bangkok were two important and well-attended seminars, aimed at increasing bilateral trade and tourism.

The Trade and Investment Seminar attracted as many as 100 participants. The Northeast Indian representatives spoke of the abundant natural resources available in their states, for which they required developmental support as also investments — bamboo, limestone, rubber, textiles, medicinal plants, construction, pharmaceuticals, hydro power, food processing, flowers and fruits, oil and gas and hotels and spas.

Thai entrepreneur Prim Jitcharoongphorn, who is also the president of the Thai-India Business Council, informed the Thai participants that “the current environment is very good to do business with India.”

“The market is big, the price is competitive, the compensation is the volume”, she declared.

Meanwhile, the Tourism Seminar was attended by more than 100 tour operators from Thailand, and 40 from Northeast India. The latter’s delegation was made up of the top officials from the tourism sector, including tourism heads, bureaucrats, MPs and advisers to the government.

The high-level officials enumerated the specialties of each Northeastern Indian state — rich fauna and flora, wildlife sanctuaries, trekking and adventure trails, Unesco heritage sites, cultural festivals, ecstasy and rural tourism. With Spice Jet announcing a direct two-hour flight from Bangkok to Gauhati in March, the tourism potential of the region received a big boost. The GM of the airline, Ajaykumar Gupta was proud that the flight would accentuate bilateral trade and tourism with Thailand.

The People to People Exchange event of the festival was attended by a galaxy of top scholars, academics and researchers from both countries. There were excellent presentations about the huge “Thai” connection with the Northeast Indian region, through the large number of “Tai” tribes living there. These were descendants of Thai migrants to Assam, as far back as the 11th century. It was fascinating to learn that the “Tai’s” language, script, customs, beliefs, rituals, festivals, food and cuisine closely resembled that of the “Thai” people in Thailand.

In fact, the much-loved Thai Indophile Princess H.R.H. Mahachakri Sirindhorn had visited the Northeastern region to meet and interact with these Ahoum tribes. Among the well-known academics at the “People to People Exchange”, were Thai Ahoum scholar and Assam MP Lakhya Konwar, famed scholar who has written many books on the Tai Ahoum community, professor Chattip Nartsupha, ethnographer-researcher Dr Rajni Gogoi, who organised whole event, and the VC of Gauhati Varsity Dr Mridul Hazarika of the “dedicated Southeast Asian department” in his varsity which offered “credits” to students from the Southeast Asian countries. In fact, a group of Thai students from the India Studies Centre of Thammasat Varsity were currently doing a semester there!

Meanwhile, a vibrant array of cultural performances were the ultimate icing to the festival cake. There was a grand display of old and new forms by the best artistes of the Northeast Indian region — folk dances from Nagaland and Manipur, famed rock bands Featherheads, Girish and the Chronicles, riveting rapper Rahul Rajkhowa, well-known Bollywood singer Zubeen Garg, and even an international DJ, Teri Miko.

There were fashion shows by three top designers too, displaying a seamless amalgam of traditional textiles with modern designs.

All the shows were held on the outside grounds of the popular Central World Mall, and attracted a mixed variety of audiences. It was not easy to pack in so many high-quality artistes, with the best of acoustics in an open-air setting, but the artistes did their best to produce some vibrant shows.

No mention was made of the political insurgency in the Northeast region, nor the troublesome Citizenship Bill.

But mention was made by several Northeastern Indian delegates about their Mongloid features, which made them feel like “outsiders” in their homeland. As one speaker said, “We have an identity crisis in India, but we have a face-connect in Thailand!”

The newly-arrived Indian ambassador to Thailand, Suchitra Durai, orchestrated the mega festival in less than two months, and said she was proud it was a “resounding success”. Organiser Shyamkanu Mahanta admitted that he never expected to get such ‘‘astounding support’ and was now tempted to do Northeast Indian Festivals in neighbouring Southeast Asian countries like Singapore and Laos.

Considering that this was an amazingly holistic festival which covered almost every aspect of the seven rich and diverse states of the Northeastern region, one must admit that the “Northeast India Festival” in Thailand was huge trailblazer indeed.

Source : The writer is a critic and commentator on films and culture based in Bangkok.

First N-E Festival outside India, in Bangkok, to push trade and tourism

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