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12 August 2010 :: 14:08:51 pm 35067

Majesty Queen Sirikit’s Birthday

BANGKOK, Aug 12 -- The Thai people on Thursday are celebrating Her Majesty Queen Sirikit's birthday, also Mother's Day, by making merit with morning alms and joining several activities held by the government sector.
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Bangkok Governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra led government officials and people from all walks of life to give alms to 279 monks at Sanam Luang royal ceremonial ground to mark the 78th birthday of Her Majesty Queen Sirikit. People wearing blue shirts, the Queen’s colour, in honour of her birthday, are joining in a variety of activities.

HM the Queen on Wednesday addressed the nation on the eve of her birthday at Dusitdalai Pavilion in Chitralada Palace. She told an audience of 15,215 that His Majesty the King’s health has greatly improved and that she was very glad that several thousands of people went to Siriraj Hospital every day to sign well wishing books for the King.

The King still works as usual and has closely monitored people’s grievances across the country. Now worried about water shortage, he ordered royal artificial rain-making units to work to increase the water level in five major dams, Her Majesty said.

HM the King also allowed his artificial rain-making technique to be used in Australia’s Queensland’s state. His kindness is not limited to his subjects but also spread to the people of other countries, the Queen said.

Thailand is likely to have more-than-usual rainfalls from August to October, Her Majesty said, that means the country will have reserve water for next year but that the public should be aware of the possibility of flash floods forested areas and flooding problems elsewhere.

In her address, the Queen also praised Thitima Yurawan, nine-months pregnant, who helped police arrest a car thief by following the stolen vehicle and informing the police. Ms Thitima,33, is due to deliver her baby on the auspicious day today. The Queen gave her good wishes to her and her baby boy.

In response to the queen’s address to the nation on Wednesday, Governor Sukhumbhand said on Thursday the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) has already prepared for rainy season floods, especially during the rainy season when northern run-off will increase the water level in the Chao Phraya River in the capital, particularly in October.

The BMA worked with the meteorological department and dispatched anti-flood equipment to flood-prone areas.

In Bangkok, Ratchadamnoen Avenue in the historic part of the city has been decorated with lighting. An exhibition titled ‘The Glorious Story of Rattanakosin’ is being held at Lan Plabpla Maha Chedsada Bodin until August 25. Floral exhibitions and three dimensional photo shoots are part of the festivities.

The State Railway of Thailand will screen a rare four dimensional movie on the royal duties at Hua Lamphong station tonight at 8.30pm and 9.30pm.

The public in other provinces are also celebrating HM the Queen’s birthday. About 500 local residents in Yala gave food to 79 monks as part of a merit-making activity on this auspicious occasion and expressed gratitude for the royal grace she has given to her subjects.

In the southern border province of Narathiwat, tree planting and an essay contest for students on the topic of Mother’s Day and a poetry contest about the Queen’s duties are being conducted.

In Yasothon, locals gave sticky rice to monks during the morning alms in the northeastern style of making merit. (MCOT online news)

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