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Pope will meet His Majesty the King and the Prime Minister during visit to Thailand

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The Catholic Bishops Conference of Thailand have released the itinerary for the Pope’s visit to Thailand next month, confirming that Pope Francis will meet separately with His Majesty the King, PM Prayut Chan-o-cha, as well as the Supreme Patriarch and head of the Buddhist faith in Thailand.

The Pope’s Bangkok visit will last three days, beginning when he touches down at Don Muang’s Military Air Terminal 2 on November 20.

The following morning, he is scheduled to meet the PM and other Government officials at Government House, as well as members of the diplomatic corps and representatives of civil society.

Pope Francis will then travel to Wat Ratchabophit Sathit Maha Simaram for a meeting with Supreme Patriarch and head of the Buddhist faith in Thailand, Somdet Phra Ariyavongsagatanana IX.

That afternoon, he will have a private audience with His Majesty the King, after which he will lead a public mass at the National Stadium.

The following day, his last full day in Thailand, Pope Francis will meet prominent Thai Catholics, including bishops and priests, followed by a gathering with leaders from other religions. He will then attend a special mass for young people at the Cathedral of the Assumption.

Pope Francis will leave Thailand for Japan on November 23.

SOURCE: The Nation

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27 migrants arrested for allegedly disguising as monks, Bangkok abbot under investigation

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Immigration police arrested 27 Cambodians for allegedly entering Thailand illegally and impersonating Buddhist monks. Police say the migrants allegedly disguised themselves as Buddhist monks at Wat Talom in Bangkok’s Phasi Charoen district. The temple’s abbot is also under investigation for allegedly assisting and hiding illegal migrants.

Police searched the temple after receiving a tip that hundreds of monks lived in crowded rooms, conditions that officials worry could lead to a cluster of Covid-19 infections.

“We received a tip-off that the temple had several hundred monks living in a crowded space that could become a hotspot for Covid-19… People also reported that some monks from this temple were selling food they received from the public in the morning to merchants at nearby markets for reselling.”

Police asked for identification documents from the more than 200 migrants at the temple. 181 monks from Myanmar, India, Cambodia, Laos and Bangladesh had proper documents, but police say 27 Cambodians had no identification documents. The 27 Cambodians were arrested and charged with illegally entering the country and impersonating Buddhist monks.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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Phuket eases restrictions, bars back to late-night hours

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Things are getting back to normal in Phuket. The provincial government eased disease control restrictions, allowing restaurants, bars and entertainment venues to go back to their normal operating hours – no more midnight closure order – and lifting the late-night alcohol ban.

While bars can now stay open late and serve alcohol after midnight, dancing is prohibited and venues cannot serve alcohol in containers that will be shared among groups of people.

The Phuket Communicable Disease Committee agreed to ease the restrictions yesterday and an order allowing late-night hours and alcohol sales was posted today by the Phuket’s Public Relations Department.

“As the Covid-19 situation in Phuket has improved that there are no more Covid-19 infections found, the committee agreed to cancel the late-night alcohol ban in order to revive the economy of Phuket.”

All businesses related to gathering activities are warned to follow the Covid-19 preventive measures.

SOURCE: Phuket News

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Truck driver crashes into accident scene, severely injuring police officer

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A trailer truck drove into an accident scene, crashing into 9 vehicles and severely injuring a police officer who was directing traffic in Surat Thani’s Muang district. Rescue workers and another police officer were able to jump out of the way before the truck ploughed through the accident scene and into a roadside tyre shop.

2 people were being treated for minor injuries after an accident on Surat-Nasarn Road involving motorcycles. Police officers directed traffic around the accident scene, but the trailer truck with a load gypsum drove through, crashing into 7 motorcycles and 2 pickup trucks. A police officer directing traffic was rushed to the hospital with serious head injuries. A lottery vendor was also injured and sent to the hospital.

The driver, 26 year old Kittipong Thonchan, says he had a problem with the brakes. Police says he was detained and charges are pending.

SOURCE: Bangkok Post

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