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HM the King wishes Thais happiness, prosperity, mutual concern
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BANGKOK, Jan 1 -- His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej on Tuesday conveyed his New Year greetings to his people, wishing happiness, success and prosperity to the Thai people, and peace to the country.

In his traditional televised New Year's address broadcast last night at 8pm, HM the King called on Thais to pay great attention to the country's collective interest and Thainess.

HM the King urged his loyal subjects to take take care of and keep their physical and mental health so that they could fully perform their duties to the best of their abilities.

The most important thing was to keep in mind the mutual regard and Thai ways so that personal tasks and national tasks could progress and successfully achieve targets smoothly, he said.

Meanwhile, His Majesty the King also presented a traditional personally made New Year's greeting card to his people.

The card depicts HM the King in a dark blue suit, and a white shirt with a light green necktie, sitting in a white chair in front of windows.

The photo was composed at Phra Tamnak Piamsuk in Klai Kangwon Palace in Prachuap Khiri Khan's Hua Hin district.

By His Majesty's side sits his favourite royal pet dog Khun Thong Daeng. (MCOT online news)

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King asks Thais to think of public interest and the value of being Thai

BANGKOK, 1 January 2014 (NNT) - His Majesty the King, in his traditional New Year address broadcast on the New Year’s Eve, extended his wishes of happiness, success and prosperity for all Thais. His Majesty stated that everybody’s wish is all the same, hoping for happiness, prosperity and peace, both for oneself and for the nation.


In the New Year, His Majesty urged all his subjects to keep their mind and body in healthy and strong conditions so that they could perform their duties to the best of their ability.

Most importantly, everybody must always keep in mind the public interest and the value of being Thais. Then, all jobs both for individual and national purposes, will be executed smoothly and righteously and achieve their set goals of happiness, prosperity and peace, His Majesty said.

His Majesty the King called on the power of the Triple Gems and all that is sacred to protect his subjects and grant them happiness and good health in the new year.

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63 nabbed for alcohol ads and drinks
The Nation

BANGKOK: -- Public Health officials have punished 63 of the 204 alcohol vendors inspected from December 27-30 in Bangkok, Nakhon Ratchasima, Phetchabun, Loei and Chiang Mai - mostly for alcohol advertising and selling alcoholic beverages via prohibited promotional discounts.

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/693341-63-vendors-nabbed-for-alcohol-ads-and-drinks-thailand/

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Bid to get around blockades in South
The Nation

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Ruling party, others register at border police base at 3am but legal doubt over move

BANGKOK: -- Candidates in the South were once again stopped from registering for the February 2 election yesterday by members of the People's Democratic Reform Committee (PDRC) even though election officials agreed to host the registration at a police-run facility in one province.

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/693342-bid-to-get-around-blockades-in-thai-south-feb-2-election/

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Thais opt for prayers, parties to see in 2014
The Nation

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BANGKOK: -- As an alternative to celebrate the New Year, temples nationwide offer "cross-year Buddhist prayer" for people who like to attend for good luck, while many others celebrated with friends and loved ones in cities or tourist destinations.

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/693343-thais-opt-for-prayers-parties-to-see-in-2014/

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Drivers warned of dangers of booze, fatigue

BANGKOK: -- After four days of the so-called "seven dangerous days" of New Year, the 2013-14 holiday period has claimed 209 lives and injured 1,931 persons in a total of 1,818 road accidents, the Road Safety Centre reported yesterday.

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/693344-drivers-warned-of-dangers-of-booze-fatigue/

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Planned mass rallies to shut down Bangkok by anti-govt movement will infringe the rights of motorists,skytrain, subway commuters, caretaker Transport Minister said /The Nation


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Dow rises 72.37 points or 0.4% to 16,576.66 as trading is light on the last day of the year /MCOT



Latvians will begin swapping their old currency (lats) in exchange for euros,making Latvia 18th country to join euro currency union /



Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher's condition improved slightly after a 2nd operation following a ski accident on French Alps; he remains in critical condition /



Category 3 tropical Cyclone Christine hit W. Australia w/ winds over 170 kph, heavy rain which cut power to several towns, uprooted trees, damaged homes. /



Global stocks closed 2013 at new 6-yr highs; benchmark bond yields posted 1st annual rise since 2009 /



Apple Inc said it never worked w/ US National Security Agency and is unaware of efforts to hack, monitor its smartphones /



A18m.rubber yellow duck exploded 11 days after it went on display at Keelung port, N.Taiwan just hrs before crowds arrive for New Year count down /



President Putin vowed to tackle terrorists after 2 deadly bomb attacks in Volgorad, S. Russia raising security concerns ahead of Winter Olympics /



U.S. consumers sentiment improves, but homes prices gains still slow /



Wall St closed 2013 at new highs; S&P 500 at 16 yrs high;Dow biggest gain in 18,yrs on improved consumers confidence,homes prices /



/The Nation


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Bangkok governor leads public giving alms to monks at City Hall; Thais nationwide make merit, wish for peace /MOCT

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Road Safety Centre: Road accidents kill 266 during first 5 days of New Year holiday, 2,502 injured; Korat records highest death toll at 15 /MCOT

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PM leads top brass to express well wishes to General Prem

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BANGKOK: -- In her capacity as the defence minister, caretaker Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra on Wednesday morning led top-ranking military officers and their spouses to pay a courtesy call on and to express their New Year’s well wishes to Privy Council president General Prem Tinsulanonda at Ban Sisao Theves.

Full story: https://www.thaivisa.com/forum/topic/693435-pm-yingluck-silent-after-meeting-with-prem/?p=7232338#entry7232338

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