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Royal Coronation schedule takes shape

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Royal Coronation schedule takes shape | The Thaiger

His Majesty King Maha Vachiralongkorn has asked that his coronation ceremony should be ‘economical’ and ‘in line with Royal tradition’.

The instructions have been forwarded to Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam, head of the coronation organising committee. The Coronation ceremonies will be held between May 4-6.

Describing the ceremony as second only in importance to the Royal cremation of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, Dr. Wissanu explained that no new constructions were necessary for the event, except for the renovation of some structures to follow Royal tradition.

Dr. Wissanu said the preparations are now 80% complete, adding that his committee is waiting for a ceremonial emblem, to decorate the traditional container of the water for purification, to be delivered from the Bureau of the Royal Household.

The same emblem will adorn arches to be built by City Hall, engraved on decorative pins and printed on flags to be flown for one year at government offices.

The deputy PM said the committee will send a selection of pictures of the King to the Bureau of the Royal Household from which the King will make a selection. The chosen picture will be used for decoration at all government offices.

The water for the purification bath will be collected from five major rivers, namely Chao Phraya, Bang Pakong, Pasak, Ratchaburi and Petchaburi. Water will also be collected from four “sacred” lakes in Suphan Buri province. The water is to be collected on April 6.

The water for anointing will be collected from 107 sources in 76 provinces across the country, together with water from the Grand Palace, on April 18 & 19. The anointing will take place at the Paisarn Taksin throne hall and will be attended by the PM, the president of the parliament and six chosen members of the Royal Family.

He said members of the public can attend the ceremonies to express their good wishes to the King on May 5 & 6.

On May 5, His Majesty will tour the city in a 7 kilometre procession from the Grand Palace to Wat Boworn Nivet, Wat Ratchabopit and Wat Chetupon and back to the Palace.

At 4.30pm on May 6, the King will appear on the Sihabanchorn balcony of the Anata Samakhom throne hall to grant an audience to the people.

Royal Coronation schedule takes shape | News by The Thaiger

Deputy PM Wissanu Krea-ngam, head of the coronation organising committee

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Cabinet waives tolls for 8 days over Songkran break

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Cabinet waives tolls for 8 days over Songkran break | The Thaiger

Thailand’s cabinet has decided to waive tolls on the Bangkok-Pattaya and Bangkok-Bang Pa-in-Bang Phli motorways starting April 10 until midnight on April 18. This takes in the main Songkran break between April 12 – 14 and the annual ‘seven days of danger’.

A Cabinet spokesperson say that a large number of people are expected to leave Bangkok for the provinces during the annual Songkran festival, so the cabinet decided to waive the toll fees to make travel a bit easier and less expensive.

Official holidays for the Songkran festival are from April 12-16, but many families are expected to set out 1-2 days before to avoid heavy traffic on the three main arteries to the northern, northeastern and southern regions.

The Transport Company will be adding extra buses to cope with the increased volumes of travellers and airlines have added flights to the schedule, while more trains will be provided during the holiday period.

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75 year old mauled to death by pitbulls in Nonthaburi

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75 year old mauled to death by pitbulls in Nonthaburi | The Thaiger

PHOTO: Sanook

A family have returned home to find the 75 year old Grandmother had been attacked and mauled by the family’s six pit bull terriers.

The woman, named Iat, was lying in a pool of blood outside the house in Bang Bua Thong, Nonthaburi, on the west side of the Chao Phraya, Bangkok.

Sanook reports that she had been bitten all over suffering dozens of bites was already deceased.

The family’s six pit bull terriers were put back in their cage and the police were called. The woman was home alone with the dogs while her daughter, son-in-law and child were out.

Police speculate the dogs were stressed in the heat or were affected by some strange smell. The report doesn’t mention what action is being taken against the dogs.

SOURCE: Sanook

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BKK taxi driver returns 400,000 baht to Danish tourist

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BKK taxi driver returns 400,000 baht to Danish tourist | The Thaiger

Usually maligned, it’s great to post a good-news story about Bangkok’s taxi drivers. A capital city cabbie is being praised after returning a bag containing 400,000 baht to a Danish tourist.

T News reports that Somsri Ralat picked up the Danish tourist and his Thai wife at BKK airport and was taking them to their Hotel in Bang Yai yesterday afternoon.

But after they arrived, and the taxi had departed, they realized they left a bag containing cash and documents in the back seat of the taxi.

Back in the taxi, when he arrived back at Suvarnabhumi, the driver contacted staff to ask for help in tracking down the couple.

A couple of hours later the couple were re-united with their bag at the airport.

Managing Director of Suvarnabhumi Airport Suthirawat Suwannawat says Mr Somsri was a credit to Thailand and his actions would be good for the country’s image among foreign tourists.

Of course he was only doing the right thing but often taxi drivers get a bad rap for their behaviour. And the bad stories get most of the media space. So it’s nice to have a happy ending to this taxi story.

It wasn’t reported but one of the pictures indicate Somsri was rewarded for his honesty.

Passengers who leave personal belongings in the back of a taxi they have taken from Survanabhumbi can contact the Taxi Service Center, on 02 132 0360 or the AOT Contact Centre on 1722, 24 hours a day.


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