ZION Nightclub faces closure after resident complaints

Security forces have raided a nightclub in the Thonglor area following reports of the club extending its operating hours.

Soldiers and officers from Thonglor Police Station inspected ZION Night Club in Sukhumvit 55, locally known as Thonglor in Wattana district. The search was made as a number of residents had complained about the noise made by the discotheque which they also claimed often stays open longer than the closing time required by the law.

The raid occurred at 2.45 am which was later than the legal closing time but the place was still packed with both male and female customers. It was found that ZION Night Club operates without a license. The manager was taken to the police station to face legal charges.

The military is preparing to cancel the club’s liquor sales license and impose a five-year closure on it, invoking the National Council for Peace and Order’s order no. 22/2559.

 


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Thai Supreme Patriarch chairs Vesak Day conference

The 20th Supreme Patriarch of Thailand has presided over the opening ceremony of a Vesak Day conference in Ayutthaya Province.

Somdet Phra Ariyawongsakhatayan (Ambhorn Ambharo) chaired the inaugural ceremony of the world’s biggest Vesak Day event joined by Buddhist leaders from around the world.

Held on the theme “Consciousness: Practices Based on Kindness and Compassion,” the conference is taking place at Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University in Wang Noi district of Ayutthaya. The event will conclude today and will move to the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on Monday.

Vesak Day is a Buddhist holiday that is usually observed on the day of the full moon in May. This year, it is observed on May 10th. Vesak is a global observance and is officially recognized by the United Nations. It celebrates the birth, enlightenment, and the death of Gautama Buddha, the founder of Buddhism.

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International Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities unveil complete version of Tripitaka

The International Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities has unveiled a complete version of the Tripitaka.

Phra Brahmapundit, President of the Academic Council of Mahachulalongkornrajavidyalaya University and President of the International Association of Theravada Buddhist Universities, recently chaired a press conference to introduce a complete version of Tripitaka, or Buddhist scriptures.

The newly published Tripitaka, which contains 600 pages and has taken seven years to complete, has been recognized by Buddhists around the word as the most academically-accurate version of the scriptures with teachings referred to by all sects of Buddhism.

This is the first time that the Tripitaka has been translated from Pali, Chinese and Tibetan into simple English to help readers easily understand Lord Buddha’s teachings and apply them in everyday life.

A total of 10,000 books have been prepared for distribution at this year’s international academic conference to mark universal Visakha Buja Day and for distribution to all major universities, while additional translations into Thai, Chinese and other languages are planned for 2018.

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The Department of Highways has launched a campaign facilitating outbound traffic during the Songkran festival in line with the Ministry of Transport’s road safety policy.

The Department of Highways has instructed local offices across the country to prepare round-the-clock rest areas with facilities for drivers and passengers from 5th to 18th April.

The department has also issued infographic shortcut maps for the public and is offering Real Time traffic reports every two hours and even hourly during heavy traffic periods via its website www.doh.go.th and Twitter.

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Thailand joins global star watchers in witnessing astronomical phenomenon

Thailand has joined star watchers from around the world in witnessing an astronomical phenomenon, in which Jupiter has come closer to earth.

A large crowd of star watches gathered at Siam Paragon Shopping Mall on April 8 to take part in an activity organized by National Astronomical Research Institute of Thailand under the Ministry of Science and Technology to witness the approach of Jupiter to a point closer to earth than usual and causing an eclipse on Jupiter.

However, cloudy skies made it impossible for star watchers at Siam Paragon to participate in the activity with bare eyes while similar activities in Chiang Mai, Nakhon Ratchasima and Chachoengsao, took place without a hitch.

Dr. Sarun Posayachinda, deputy director of NARIT, said that Jupiter’s Great Red Spot was caused by a large storm which has been active for over 100 years and is a phenomenon that astronomers have always been interested in.

As for Jupiter’s closest approach to earth, Dr. Sarun said that it will happen again on May 9.

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Outbound side of Thai-Belgian Bridge ready by 16th April

Bangkok is expected to re-open the outbound side of the Thai-Belgian Bridge next Sunday and will close the bridge’s inbound side the following day.

The Thai-Belgian Bridge has been closed for repairs for 45 days following a fire that damaged its structure in February. The arson suspect has been arrested.

The bridge’s outbound side will reopen on 16th April as the repairs are now close to completion. The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) will close the bridge’s inbound side leading to the Sam Yan area for repairs on 17th April.

During this period, the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) and metropolitan police have arranged for one-way traffic on the bridge’s inbound side between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and between 3 p.m. and 8 p.m. Two-way traffic is allowed in other, non-rush hours.

The same traffic arrangement will be applied to the bridge’s outbound side after its reopening.

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People making their way home for Songkran

People are traveling back to their hometowns for family gatherings ahead of the traditional New Year celebration in Thailand.

Asia Road in Sing Buri province is packed with vehicles as people travel home to celebrate the Songkran Festival with their families. To ensure orderliness and road safety, Sing Buri police have set up a road accident prevention and coordination center, and checkpoints in accident-prone areas.

In the meantime, streets of Nakhon Ratchasima are clogged with private cars making their way out of town. Like Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima is a big city where people from other provinces come to find jobs. According to a report, its main bus terminal is getting busy and is expected to be hectic in the next couple of days.

Meanwhile, Nong Khai province is preparing to host the “Asia Peak, Wonderland” event in celebration of the water festival between April 13th and April 15th, along with a concert featuring Pongsit Kamphee, Petch Saharat, and Candy Rakkaen. Both events are expected to welcome at least 5,000 visitors a day.

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PM inaugurates free trial phase for the BTS Green Line extension

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration will launch a free trial phase for the BTS Green Line extension until the end of the year, with Prime Minister Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha expressing confidence that the line would help alleviate traffic.

Gen Prayut officiated the launch of the free trial and inspected ticketing booths at Samrong Station, as well as an exhibition on the history of the project.

In his keynote speech, the Prime Minister stressed the importance of developing mass transit systems to accommodate the capital’s dense population, while also providing affordable transportation for low-income residents. Gen Prayut then rode the train from Samrong to Bearing Station and observed operations in the train’s control room.

The Bearing to Samut Prakan extension consists of nine stops spanning 13 kilometers, which will eventually end at Yoi Bang Ping Station by the year 2018. The project costs approximately 27.6 billion baht.

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Reporter : Jettana Pantana Rewriter : Itiporn  Lakarnchua National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Section 44 to be used to improve ease of doing business in Thailand

The National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) is looking to invoke Section 44 to facilitate business procedures in the country in hopes of securing a better ranking on the ease of doing business this year.

Deputy Minister of Commerce Sontirat Sontijirawong revealed that the government has been making efforts to provide more convenience for business operators ahead of the World Bank Group’s issuance of its Ease of Doing Business Index report in May. He said the Department of Business Development has recently reduced business registration procedures to shorten the processing time to only two days and a half, expecting the move to push up Thailand’s ease of doing business ranking.

Nevertheless, Mr Sontirat noted that the processing of paperwork for newly-registered companies by the Department of Labor Protection and Welfare still requires up to 21 days, which could affect the upcoming evaluation. Therefore, the NCPO is planning to use Section 44 of the interim constitution to ensure that related laws, including the Labor Protection Bill and the Social Security Bill, are enacted in time.

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Reporter : Surapan Laotharanarit Rewriter : Surapan Laotharanarit National News Bureau & Public Relations : http://thainews.prd.go.th

Nearly four million mourners visit Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall

The Bureau of the Royal Household reveals that nearly four million people have visited Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall over the past 90 days.

According to the Bureau of the Royal Household, the number of mourners paying respects to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the palace has almost reached four million people since late October. More than 300 million baht has also been donated as a tribute to King Rama IX.

Representatives from private organizations, educational institutions and non-profit organizations have been taking turns in hosting prayer ceremonies for the late King at Dusit Maha Prasart Throne Hall.

King Maha Vajiralongkorn Bodindradebayavarangkun previously gave his permission to allow members of various organizations to chair the prayer ceremonies which are held at four different times throughout the day. Meanwhile, Thai people from all walks of life continue to visit the palace to pay their respects to the late King.

The Ministry of Interior has been providing buses for people living in different parts of the country to come to Sanam Luang. Visiting mourners receive photos of King Rama IX as a souvenir.

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