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Thai PM oversees public policies in Bueng Kan

 

Thailand’s Prime Minister visited Bueng Kan to follow up on the implementation of state policies, especially the utilization of rubber for road construction and processed goods. 

Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha paid his respects at Wat Pho Tharamand officiated at the launch of a medical patrol unit to provide healthcare services for residents in remote areas. 

He then met with local officials during a theater performance called “Bueng Kan Ban Ai” at Nong Bueng Kan and Bueng Sawan Park. 

The province showcased its progress in implementing the government’s policies, such as the utilization of rubber for road construction and processed goods, large-scale farms, OTOP products, the Nong Loeng conservation tourism project and waste disposal program.

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Reporter : Jettana PantanaRewriter : Thammarat ThadaphromNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Nation marks Constitution Day

Today marks National Constitution Day, observing the importance of the administrative document and celebrating its 20 incarnations throughout the democratic history of Thailand. 

Constitution Day in Thailand marks the date King Rama VII graciously signed the first charter into effect on December 10, 1932. The document transitioned the country’s administrative system to a democratic monarchy and paved the way for the establishment of Parliament and Cabinet. Under the first constitution, the nation’s monarch appointed the Cabinet, which was then tasked with administrating the nation and the Parliament, which in turn established legislation and kept the Cabinet in check. 

Both the Cabinet and the monarch under the initial charter were empowered to dissolve Parliament to protect the nation’s best interests and call new general elections. The charter placed the Kingdom’s monarch in a position of great respect. 

The 20th constitution, drafted when the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) assumed power in 2014, came into effect on April 6, 2017, and is considered a restart of democracy in Thailand. It paved the way for a general election to take place in 2019. 

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Reporter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaRewriter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

All invited to line HM the King’s Bike Un Ai Rak route and attend the fair


His Majesty the King has graciously allowed the second Un Ai Rak event to take place from December 9, 2018 to January 19, 2019. His Majesty will personally launch the activity at 2:30 p.m. on December 9 before joining in as a rider in the Bike Un Ai Rak event, cycling along an historic path from Dusit Palace to Lad Pho canal in Samut Prakan province. 

People are invited to line the route to show their loyalty to His Majesty the King as well as to attend the Un Ai Rak fair in Bangkok between December 9 and January 19. 

 All Thai citizens are invited to attend the Un Ai Rak Khlai Kwam Nao: Streams of the Rattanakosin activity taking place this month at Dusit Palace and Sanam Sua Pa. 



World Karate Fed­er­a­tion ac­cepts Sikh play­ers with small tur­ban, WSO ad­vo­cacy wins

2019 as the year of Guru Nanak brings cheer to the Sikh world on many fronts. From 1 Jan­u­ary 2019, The World Karate Fed­er­a­tion has ac­cepted the Sikh re­quest for ac­com­mo­da­tion of Sikh head­gear -the small tur­ban, called Patka or Das­tar for male com­peti­tors dur­ing com­pe­ti­tions.

The WKF has now an­nounced that it has ap­proved a new ver­sion of its rules which al­lows all ath­letes to wear plain black head cov­er­ings dur­ing com­pe­ti­tion for re­li­gious rea­sons. The new ver­sion of the WKF rules now read, “Com­peti­tors may use WKF ap­proved re­li­giously man­dated head-wear: A black plain fab­ric head scarf cov­er­ing the hair, but not the throat area.”

Since 2014, the World Sikh Or­gan­i­sa­tion of Canada has been work­ing with Karate Canada to ad­vo­cate for the rule change at the in­ter­na­tional level.

The WSO pol­icy of ad­vo­cacy not ag­i­ta­tion is pay­ing rich div­i­dends, not only in mul­ti­cul­tural and over­whelm­ingly tol­er­ant and in­clu­sive Canada but also across the world spelling an ex­am­ple for other Sikh or­gan­i­sa­tions to fol­low, es­pe­cially in home­land Pun­jab and the In­dian Sikh Di­as­pora.

It is note­wor­thy that in 2016, Jaikaran Singh Sanghera, a Sikh mem­ber of Karate British Co­lum­bia, was in Croa­tia to com­pete at a WKF Youth Cup tour­na­ment but was told that he could not com­pete with his patka or small tur­ban. Based on a di­rect ap­peal made by Karate Canada Pres­i­dent, Craig Vokey, and Team Canada coaches to WKF of­fi­cials at the tour­na­ment, Jai was granted an ex­emp­tion that al­lowed him to com­pete at that event.

WSO cited the sig­nif­i­cance and im­por­tance of the tur­ban in the Sikh faith as well as ac­com­mo­da­tion poli­cies in in­ter­na­tional fed­er­a­tions for foot­ball (FIFA) and bas­ket­ball (FIBA) to the WKF which were sup­ported Kirsty Dun­can, Min­is­ter of Sci­ence and Sport, Sport Canada, the Cana­dian Olympic Com­mit­tee Pres­i­dent Tri­cia Smith, Karate British Co­lum­bia, and in­di­vid­ual mem­bers of the Karate Canada.

Jaikaran Singh Sanghera was ec­sta­tic about the de­vel­op­ment and told me­dia that, “I am very pleased that we were able to cham­pion the rule change, un­der the lead­er­ship of Karate Canada, WSO and the gov­ern­ment.”

I am thank­ful to the WKF for mak­ing the sport of karate more in­clu­sive and for al­low­ing ath­letes like me to com­pete with dig­nity.”

WSO Pres­i­dent Mukb­hir Singh wel­comed the de­ci­sion of the World Karate Fed­er­a­tion which now al­lows both male and fe­male com­peti­tors to wear re­li­gious head-cov­er­ings. This is a wel­come change for the in­creas­ing num­ber of Karate play­ers world­wide.”

Ot­tawa, 3 De­cem­ber 2018, WSN News Desk

The Indians are coming! Expect ten million in ten years say ATTA

PHOTO: LookEast Magazine

Tourism from India will increase markedly over the next ten years.This prediction from the head of the Association of Thai Travel Agents, Wichit Prakorpkoson. By 2028 he says he expects 10 million Indian visitors each year. About Chinese tourism, the ATTA chief say he expected the numbers to slow from previous trends but there will still be 20 million visitors from China coming to Thailand annually in ten years time.

Speaking to Thai Rath, he also called for the free visa-on-arrival scheme to be extended to after Songkran (April 13) and make it easier for tourists to visit neighboring countries.

He predicted that Chinese tourism would be back to normal by January 2019 after the downturn in Q4, 2018. He says 10.5 million visitors from China have come to Thailand this year among the 38 million total arrivals.

“The 20% growth in Chinese tourism year-on-year is no longer sustainable but I expect 11-11.5 million Chinese to come in 2019.

He says he expects a dramatic surge in Indian tourism –  1.5 million visitors for 2018. But he expects this to grow to 20% a year and be 3 million visitors annually in five years time and 10 million in ten years time.

Tourism and Sports Minister Weerasak Kowsurat revealed in the same article that requests have been made and granted for an increase in flights from India into Phuket and Don Muang airports.

He also wants to make renting vehicles easier for tourists by making temporary licences easier to get and doing away with fines levied on people renting to those without licences.

 

Image: Thai Rath

SOURCE: Thai Rath

Preparations made for Bike Un Ai Rak rehearsal this Sunday

 The major rehearsal for the Bike Un Ai Rak cycling event in Bangkok this Sunday, December 2nd will begin with registration at noon before cyclists begin riding at 3p.m..

The rehearsal will fully simulate the actual event and include the closure of 24 roads from noon to 7p.m.. The event, set to take place on December 9 to kick off the Un Ai Rak Khlai Kwam Nao Streams of Rattanakosin Fair, will be led by His Majesty the King, who will be riding a 39 kilometer route from Dusit Palace to Lad Poh Park in Samut Prakan province.

For the rehearsal, participants are being asked to wear yellow or blue shirts and to arrive on time to register at one of nine places; in front of Dusit Palace, Lan Khon Muang , the Royal Turf Club, Sanam Luang, Somdech Phra Pinklao Hospital, Taksin Intersection, Indarapitak Road, Phra Pra Daeng Arcade and the Supanawa Group Warehouse.

Road closures will be in effect both along the cycling route and on bypass roads. Nine parking areas have been prepared to accommodate a total 27,000 vehicles. Citizens are being asked to avoid the affected areas and to use public transport during the time of the rehearsal. Information can be found at www.bikeunairak2018.com or at the Bike Un Ai Rak Facebook page.

Army Region 1 Commander Lt Gen Narongphan Jitkaeotae has conducted a rehearsal of security detail for his Majesty the King as well as protection of riders in the Bike Un Ai Rak event. The rehearsal included congestion, 20 risk spots, hard turns, inclines, narrow passes and steep roads. Soldiers have installed signs to warn riders where they need to slow down to between 15 and 20 kph, and placed special warnings 200 and 50 meters ahead of risk spots. More personnel will be stationed on the day to advise participants on safety.

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Reporter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaRewriter : Itiporn  LakarnchuaNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Sikh Man Establishes Gurdwara at His Truck Stop in America

A news story of 30,000 Sikh trucker drivers joining the American Trucking industry in the last two years has gone viral on social media. The CBS News Story has shown the new face of the American Trucking industry which is a turbaned and bearded Sikh.

According to Freightwaves:

The U.S. is home to half a million Sikhs, of which the Sikhs Political Action Committee estimates that around 150,000 of them work in the trucking industry – which makes the sector an overwhelming favorite amongst their populace. The statistics are interesting, to say the least. 90% of all the Sikhs in the trade are truckers, and Indians, in general, are ahead of other Asian nations, controlling nearly half of all Asian-owned trucking businesses in America. And as per the findings of the North American Punjabi Trucking Association (NAPTA), California is the ground zero of the Punjabi bulwark, with 40% of truckers in the region being Sikhs.

The migration of Punjabis straight into the U.S. trucking lore was by all means gradual. Before there was any visible mark of Punjabis in the U.S. trucking trade, its peer far north inside the Canadian borders was feeling the surge. The initial migration of Punjabis into North America began in the early 20th century, with the first immigrants settling down in British Columbia. Nearly 5,000 South Asians made their way to Canada before their immigration was banned in 1908 – of which 90% was the people were Sikhs. However, over the years, once immigration laws were amended again, scores of Sikhs descended upon Canada, with them now constituting about 28% of the Indo-Canadian population.

One Sikh from the Trucking Industry has taken things to the next level by making a Gurdwara at his truck stop due to large portion of his customers being Punjabi.

HM King bestows Bike Un Ai Rak t-shirts

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn has graciously bestowed t-shirts and drinking water for the benefit of participants in the upcoming Bike Un Ai Rak event. The ceremony was held at the 606 Building of the Royal Household Bureau in Sanam Suea Pa . Presiding over the dedication ceremony on behalf of His Majesty the King was ACM Satitpong Sukvimol , the Director-General of the Crown Property Bureau and Lord Chamberlain. The Supreme Commander, Permanent Secretary of the Prime Minister’s Office and Governors from all 76 provinces of the Kingdom received the t-shirts, which will be distributed to the participants in the nation-wide biking event on December 1st and 2nd. Cyclists can collect their t-shirt at the time and place nominated by the registering official of their respective racing venue. His Majesty personally designed the t-shirt. It has the text “BIKER” printed on the front with a backdrop of the hand-drawn logo of the ‘Love and Warmth at Winter’ End, the River of Rattanakosin’ festival, and the signature of His Majesty. According to data from the Interior Ministry, Nakhon Ratchasima has the highest number of registrants at 25,517, followed by Udon Thani at 21,058 and Sakon Nakhon at 18,751. Officials at three biking routes have extended the registration period due to public demand. These venues are the 24.3-kilometer route on Intharapithak Road, the 23.7-kilometer Route that starts at Prapadang Arcade , and the 23-Kilometer course at Suphanawa Group Warehouse. Registrations at these three venues can still be made at www.bikeunairak2018.com.

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Reporter : Nuppol SuvansombutRewriter : Rodney McNeilNational News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

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