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PHOTO: His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn together with his father, the Late King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Special report from our media partners, The Nation

This Saturday, May 4, is the start of a three day ceremony to crown His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn as he ascends the throne as King Rama X, succeeding his beloved father, His Majesty the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej.

The late King died on October 13, 2016 and the country’s National Legislative Assembly acknowledged his heir’s accession the following month.

“I accept the invitation in order to follow His Majesty King Bhumibol’s will and for the benefit of all Thai people,” the monarch said in reply to the invitation during his inauguration on December 1, 2016.

Nearly seven decades have passed since the last Royal Coronation on May 5, 1950. This weekend’s ceremonies are steeped in traditions that date back to the 13th century. The first coronation in the Chakri Dynasty was that of King Rama I in 1782, soon after he established the present Rattanakosin Era.

His Majesty King Maha Vajiralongkorn is the only son and second of four children of King Bhumibol and Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. He was born in Bangkok on July 28, 1952.

He was proclaimed Crown Prince on December 28, 1972, in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall of the Grand Palace, making him the third crown prince of the Royal House of Chakri in accordance with the Palace Law on Succession of 1924.

His Royal Highness Prince Vajiralongkorn began his education in 1956 in the Phra Thinang Udon-pak wing within the Amphorn Sathan Residential Hall, where his older sister, Her Royal Highness Princess Ubolratana, was also studying.

A permanent building was later constructed in the compound of the Chitralada Royal Villa at Dusit Palace and became known as the Chitralada School. His other two sisters are Their Royal Highnesses Princesses Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and Chulabhorn.

The King is also the father of three children – Their Royal Highnesses Princesses Bajrakitiyabha and Sirivannavari Nariratana and His Royal Highness Prince Dipangkorn Rasmijoti.

After completing his primary education in Thailand, His Majesty attended secondary school in Britain. In 1966 he started at King’s Mead School in Seaford, Sussex, later moving to Millfield School in Somerset, where he completed his secondary education in July 1970. During his time there, he was known simply as V Mahidol.

Two months later, in September 1970, His Majesty attended a military training course at the King’s School in Sydney, Australia, where he was assigned to MacArthur House.

In 1972 he enrolled at Australia’s Royal Military College, Duntroon, in Canberra, where he went by the name Staff Cadet V Mahidol. He was praised for his ability both academically and in sports. His education at Duntroon was divided into two parts – military training by the Australian army and a bachelor’s-degree course under the auspices of the University of New South Wales.

His Majesty graduated in 1976 as a newly commissioned lieutenant with a BA in Military Studies.

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His Majesty then returned to Thailand and served as a career officer in the Royal Thai Army. He attended the Command and General Staff College in 1977 and the Royal College of Defence Studies in Britain in 1990.

The King attended several other training courses, mainly focusing on aircraft, and has served as a trainer for fighter pilots for the Royal Thai Air Force.

As Crown Prince for 44 years, His Majesty carried out countless royal duties for Thailand. He is well known for the major roles he played in the Royal Thai Armed Forces, making frequent tours of the provinces and representing King Bhumibol at a wide variety of official functions and ceremonies.

During periods training with US, British and Australian armed services, the King studied unconventional warfare and advanced navigation. In

1978 he became head of the King’s Own Bodyguard Battalion. A qualified fixed-wing and helicopter pilot, he holds a licence to fly the Northrop F-5 and several other aircraft including the F-16 and the Boeing 737-400.

His name is also attached to medical care, with Crown Prince Hospitals set up in 21 locations in 1977 from funds donated by the public to serve as healthcare centres for people living in remote areas. These hospitals have become major community hospitals providing services of international standard.

Because of his interest in agricultural development – an enthusiasm he shared with his father – the Mobile Agricultural Clinic Project was initiated under his patronage. The project provides prompt services to farmers in order to enhance efficiency in production and solve problems, as well as to provide advice on agricultural technology.

It is a testament to His Majesty the King’s abilities in the fields of art, architecture and literature that a poem he wrote on Her Majesty the Queen’s fifth-birthday cycle was engraved on a silver plate and is displayed at Phra Tamnak Siriyalai in Ayutthaya province.

The Pid Thong Lang Phra Foundation, a Royal initiative, is one of the many models that exemplify His Majesty’s resolution to fulfil the wishes of his late father and work for the benefit of all Thais.

Always caring for the wellbeing of his subjects, the King kept himself abreast of developments during the Tham Luang Cave rescue in Chiang Rai last year. He urged the quick rescue of the 11 young players of the Wild Boars football team and their coach.

In his New Year greeting card this year, his message was: “With love and a pure heart, may the New Year bring joy, good health, serenity, intelligence, prosperity and faith to enhance one’s happiness and well wishes to others for long-lasting contentment.”

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Bangkok and Nonthaburi to get 2 extra holidays during ASEAN summit

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November 4 and 5 have been approved as official holidays for Bangkok and Nonthaburi as a result of the 35th Asean Summit and Related Summits being held at Impact Arena Muang Thong Thani in Bangkok.

Deputy government spokeswoman Traisulee Traisoranakul confirmed yesterday that the measure was being taken in an effort to alleviate traffic problems in both areas during the summit, adding that other state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand could implement the holidays for their subsidiaries at their own discretion and on a case-by-case basis.

“Government agencies in Bangkok and Nonthaburi will stop working on these dates. Meanwhile, state enterprises and the Bank of Thailand will consider announcing November 4 and 5 as holidays for their subsidiaries on case-by-case basis.”

“However, government agencies which have a necessity to provide urgent or previously scheduled services to their clients that cannot be postponed may stay open on November 4 and 5, depending on the decision by the heads of these departments.”

Some other public or regional holidays coming up…

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SOURCE: The Nation

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Colourful European ecstasy tablets targeting Thai youth

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The Narcotics Control Board are warning about cartoon-character labelled ecstasy pills that are being smuggled from Europe and heading for Thailand and a growing market of younger users. Some of the colourful pills had been cast as characters from Minions movies and The Simpsons.

The Office of the Narcotics Control Board deputy secretary-general Niyom Termsrisook told reporters about the ecstasy pills following the arrest of a woman in Pathum Thani, just north of Bangkok, last week. The woman was arrested with about 28,000 cartoon-character ecstasy pills on October 8. Niyom said they had been tracked back to a European supplier.

“The pills were produced in France and the Netherlands. Drug dealers have also been expanding their markets to south east Asia. The drugs are smuggled through airports in Cambodia and Vietnam.”

“The pills are stored in Cambodia before being smuggled through natural border passages to Thailand.

Niyom alleged the smugglers were victims of human traffickers hired by African traffickers.

He said that local sellers of the ecstasy pills are targeting young pub goers as the drugs have a sex-stimulant property.

A source at the ONCB said a quantity of cartoon-character ecstasy pills was earlier seized at Suvarnabhumi airport in the capital. The pills were smuggled from the Netherlands where they were priced at 60 baht per pill.

SOURCE: Chiang Rai Times

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Thai High Speed Railway linking airports now to be signed off on October 25

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The State Railway of Thailand and the Charoen Pokphand Group-led consortium are putting pen to paper and signing the contract for the high-speed train project on October 25.

The much-discussed high speed railway will link Suvarnabhumi, Don Mueang and U-Tapao international airports. The new SRT board was approved by the Thai cabinet today.

Deputy PM Anutin Charnvirakul says he is confident the contract will now be signed, adding that he has already met with Supachai Chearavanont, CEO of the CP group, and assured him of the government’s full cooperation and support.

The Charoen Pokphand-led consortium won the bid to develop the 224-billion baht high-speed train infrastructure as a signature project for the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC) high-tech investment hub. The train service is scheduled to be operational in 2024 (The Thaiger is taking bets now).

Recently, however, the CP-led consortium raised concerns over land expropriation and eviction problems and asked for the government to share the risk on this issue. The Transport Ministry has already rejected the request putting the onus on CP as part of the proposal.

Mr. Anutin explained that, in any large infrastructure project involving expropriation of land, it is usual for the government or state agency not to be able to hand over the land to the contractor all at once. In such cases, the contracted completion date can be moved back.

He said the CP-led consortium should proceed with the high-speed train project without further delay because 70% of the land is ready to be handed over.

Meanwhile, the deputy PM admits that he didn’t know why the entire SRT board resigned en masse, delaying the signing of the contract, and denied that he had put pressure on the board to quit. He also denied that Transport Minister Saksayam Chidchob, also of the Bhumjaithai party, objected to the SRT board’s mass resignation because the latter wanted the contract to be signed quickly.

SOURCE: Thai PBS

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