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Only 7500 invited to enter cremation grounds for King's ceremonies

ecurity tight over disruption worries

The Royal Crematorium construction is rapidly taking shape at Sanam Luang for the funeral of the late King Bhumibol on Oct 25-29. (Photo by Seksan Rojjanametakun)

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About 7,500 pre-screened people will be permitted to enter the royal cremation ground at Sanam Luang during the royal funeral ceremonies for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the end of this month.

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7,500 invited to late King's ceremonies amid tight security

Aekarach Sattaburuth & Wassana Nanuam

About 7,500 pre-screened people will be permitted to enter the royal cremation ground at Sanam Luang and drones will be banned from the area during the royal funeral ceremonies for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej at the end of this month.

Security measures will continue to be beefed up to ensure the Oct 25-29 ceremonies go without a hitch, officials said.

Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Tuesday that 50,000 officers from the Interior Ministry, the Defence Ministry and the Royal Thai Police as well as security volunteers will be on hand, both at the main ceremonies at Sanam Luang in Bangkok and at replicas of the royal crematorium in 76 provinces.

On Oct 26, when the royal cremation ceremony takes place, only 7,500 people with verified credentials will be allowed to enter the Sanam Luang area. Others will have to observe the ceremony from replicas of the royal crematorium, of which there are nine in Bangkok, as well as from temples and other designated areas, he said.

Deputy Prime Minister Wissanu Krea-ngam said earlier those who are allowed to attend the main ceremony at Sanam Luang are mostly state guests and officials who are participating in the royal processions.

Gen Prawit echoed his previous concern about the threat posed by ill-intentioned groups both inside and outside the country that may attempt to disrupt the royal cremation ceremonies.

Thai authorities know of several groups in several countries comprising Thai nationals and foreigners that have already begun galvanising their supporters via radio and Facebook, he said.

Members of the public who obtain any information about them or details of any suspicious activity are encouraged to call a 24-hour hotline by dialling 1441 to alert the authorities, he added.

Meanwhile, the Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) declared a no-fly zone for all drones in Bangkok during the period. Those with special permission will be exempt, it said.

The vast majority will be prohibited from flying within a 19km radius of the Grand Palace and Sanam Luang during the royal cremation ceremonies, said CAAT director-general Chula Sukmanop.

Mr Chula said only those commissioned by the Royal Cremation Committee on Ceremonies for aerial photography will be permitted to take off. Others that violate this rule will be "destroyed" , he said.

Moreover, operators could face up to one year in jail, a fine of up to 40,000 baht, or both.

The ban means private drones will not be able to fly in Sathon, Nonthaburi, Bang Wa, Huai Khwang, Lat Phrao and Bang Kapi, among other areas.

The ceremony on Oct 26 at Sanam Luang will be attended by the royal family with crowds of up to 250,000 expected.

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aerial (adj): (of a photograph or video) from a plane or helicopter - ภาพถ่ายทางอากาศ

alert : to tell someone in about a danger or problem so that they can take action to deal with it - เตือนภัย

amid : during the time when something else is happening - ท่ามกลาง

attend : to go to an event, such as a meeting, a show, a sports competition, etc. - เข้าร่วม (ในการประชุม, งานต่าง)

authorities : the police or people in official organisations who have the legal power to make people obey laws or rules - เจ้าหน้าที่ (ตำรวจ หรือผู้มีอำนาจ)

ban : an official statement ordering people not to do, sell or use something - การห้าม

banned : officially not allowed to do something - ถูกห้ามอย่างเป็นทางการ

beef up : to strengthen - เสริมกำลัง

Civil Aviation Authority of Thailand (CAAT) (noun): The Thai government agency overseeing non-military aviation - สำนักงานการบินพลเรือนแห่งประเทศไทย

commission : to officially ask for a piece of work to be done - ซึ่งได้รับหน้าที่

committee : a group of people who are chosen, usually by a larger group, to make decisions or to deal with a particular subject - คณะกรรมการ

comprising : consisting of - ประกอบด้วย

concern : a worry - ความกังวล

credentials : personal qualities, achievements, or experiences that make someone suitable for something - คุณสมบัติ, คุณวุฒิ

cremation : the burning of a dead body - การเผาศพ (งานพระราชทานเพลิงพระศพ)

declare : to announce officially - ประกาศ

Defence Ministry (noun): the ministry that oversees a country’s armed forces - กระทรวงกลาโหม

deputy : a person whose rank is immediately below that of the leader of an organisation - รอง

designated : formally chosen - แต่งตั้ง

destroy (verb): to damage something so badly that it no longer exists, works, etc - ทำลาย

details : small facts or pieces of information relating to a situation - รายละเอียด

director-general : the head of a large organisation, especially a public organisation - อธิบดี

disrupt : to interrupt something and prevent it from continuing by creating a problem - ได้รับการกระทบกระเทือน  ถูกทำให้หยุดชะงัก

drone (noun): an aircraft (or ship) without a pilot, controlled from the ground - เครื่องบินไร้คนขับที่ควบคุมด้วยวิทยุทางไกล

echo (verb): to express the ideas or feelings that you or someone else has expressed earlier - สะท้อน, กล่าวซ้ำ

encourage : to make someone more likely to do something, or to make something more likely to happen - ปลุกใจ

ensure : to make certain that something happens or is done - ให้การยืนยัน, รับรอง, ให้ความมั่นใจ

exempt : not affected by something - ได้รับการยกเว้น

fine : an amount of money that you have to pay because you have broken the law - ค่าปรับ

funeral : a ceremony that takes place after someone dies, usually including a religious ceremony - งานศพ

galvanise : to shock or affect someone enough to produce a strong and immediate reaction - กระตุ้น

Grand Palace (noun): the official residence of the Kings of Siam (and later Thailand) where important ceremonies are held - พระบรมมหาราชวัง

guest (noun): a person that you have invited to your house or to a particular event that you are paying for - แขก, ผู้มาเยี่ยม

hitch (noun): a problem - ปัญหา, อุปสรรค

hotline : a telephone number that people can call for information - โทรศัพท์สายตรงที่จัดไว้สำหรับเหตุเร่งด่วนหรือเฉพาะเรื่อง

ill-intentioned (adj): having plans to do something bad; deliberately planned to do something bad or harmful - เจตนาร้าย

Interior Ministry : the Thai ministry with responsibility over the Royal Thai Police, local administrations, internal security, citizenship, disaster management, land management, issuing national identity cards and public works - กระทรวงมหาดไทย

jail (noun): a prison - เรือนจำ, ห้องขัง, คุก

late : dead - ที่ล่วงลับไปแล้ว

meanwhile : at the same time - ในเวลาเดียวกัน

measures : actions that are intended to achieve or deal with something - มาตราการ

nationals (noun): citizens of a particular country - ประชาชน

observe (verb): to see or watch someone or something - สังเกต

obtain : to get something that you want or need, especially by going through a process that is difficult - ได้มา, ได้รับ

officials : people who have the power to make decisions or enforce the law - เจ้าหน้าที่ผู้มีอำนาจ

on hand : at a place and available for something; present - ปรากฎอยู่

operator (noun): a person who operates equipment or a machine - ผู้ควบคุม (เครื่องจักร)

period : a particular length of time - ระยะเวลา

permission : allowing someone to do something - การอนุญาต,การอนุมัติ,การยินยอม

permit (verb): to allow someone to do something - อนุญาต, อนุมัติ, ยินยอม

pose : cause something, especially a problem or difficulty - เป็นเหตุให้

processions : lines of people who are all walking or travelling in the same direction, especially in a formal way as part of a religious ceremony or public celebration - ขบวนที่เคลื่อนไป

prohibited (adj): not allowed; to banned - ถูกห้าม

radius : a particular distance in all directions from a central point - รัศมี

replica : an accurate copy of something - งานศิลปะที่จำลองจากของจริง, ของจำลอง

screen : to find out information about people to see if they are suitable for something, at risk of something, etc. - คัดเลือก, แยกออก, เลือกออก

security : protection; systems providing for safety from attack, harm, or damage - ระบบรักษาความปลอดภัย

state : government - รัฐบาล

suspicious : making you believe that something is wrong, dangerous or illegal - น่าสงสัย

take off : to cause an aircraft to go into the air and start flying - บินขึ้น (เครื่องบิน)

threat : a danger - อันตราย

tight : very strict and firm - เข้มงวด, กวดขัน, เคร่งระเบียบ

vast majority : much more than half -

verified : checked to make sure that something is true or accurate - การพิสูจน์ความจริง, การตรวจสอบความเป็นจริง

via : through - ผ่าน (ช่องทาง)

violate : to do something that is against a law, rule or agreement - ฝ่าฝืน, ละเมิด

volunteers (noun): people who are not paid for the work that they do; someone who does something willingly without being required to - อาสาสมัคร

zone : an area that has an important or typical feature; an area where a particular activity is allowed or not allowed - พื้นที่, บริเวณ, เขต


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