THE WEEK AHEAD

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MON­DAY

A new ramp that whisks you straight into Don Mueang air­port from the out­er­most lane of Vib­havadi Rangsit Road is open to­day. It took ex­actly a year and 150 mil­lion baht but as a bot­tle­neck-breaker it can’t be beat.

Speak­ing of air­ports, it’s the last day to sub­mit your bid to build the Don Mueang-Su­varn­ab­humi-U-Ta­pao rail­way for 224 bil­lion baht or less. The project is in­te­gral to the gov­ern­ment’s self­vaunted Eastern Eco­nomic Cor­ri­dor. The bid win­ner will be an­nounced to­mor­row. Four nights of pub­lic hear­ings be­gan to­day to al­low the Rights and Lib­er­ties Pro­tec­tion De­part­ment an idea of how hard to press for same-sex mar­riage. (Spoiler: They aren’t go­ing to press at all.)

TUES­DAY

The an­nual Asean sum­mit opens at 9am in Sin­ga­pore. The boys and girl will en­ter the room to­mor­row. On Thurs­day, Thai­land of­fi­cially gets the gavel to be­come chair­man for 2019.

The In­dian Supreme Court will hear protests and ap­peals to its re­cent rul­ing that women and girls past pu­berty can go into tem­ples, in­clud­ing the revered Sabri­mala shrine. The court hear­ing will be fol­lowed closely by vi­o­lent protests. For­eign­ers who don’t qual­ify for free visas can ap­ply be­gin­ning to­day for a mul­ti­ple-en­try tourist visa valid for six months, and al­low­ing a stay of up to 60 days on each en­try with no limit on num­ber of vis­its. And it will cost only five times as much.

WED­NES­DAY

The Bank of Thai­land’s Mon­e­tary Pol­icy Com­mit­tee meets to­day. It might pos­si­bly do some­thing “in­ter­est”-ing for the first time since April, 2015. (See what we did there?)

The Asean Sum­mit goes global, wel­com­ing many world lead­ers at its sub- and mini-sum­mits, in­clud­ing with China, Rus­sia and Ja­panese phuyai. Vice-Pres­i­dent Mike Pence, right, will rep­re­sent the US in the ab­sence of Orange­man.

The Sri Lankan par­lia­ment might con­vene to­day un­der one, both or nei­ther of its in­tensely feud­ing prime min­is­ters, elected-but-fired PM Ranil Wick­remesinghe or the lovely pres­i­dent’s pet, Mahinda Ra­japaksa, a wartime na­tion­al­ist.

THURS­DAY

One of Asia’s finest mo­ments in pro­pa­ganda will take place to­day when a group of Ro­hingya pass from Bangladesh to Myan­mar to dis­play the three-way thrill of true for­give­ness and repa­tri­a­tion, ev­ery­one as sin­cere as a Bangkok chit fund sales­man.

One of the coun­try’s best wat fairs be­gins to­day and runs through Nov 24 at the Golden Mount Tem­ple.

There is no Pre­mier League play this week­end, just Uefa Na­tions League and in­ter­na­tional friendlies. Very late tonight (early Fri­day) Eng­land play the US na­tional team at Wem­b­ley, match time 3am Thai­land time.

FRI­DAY

The sham­bolic and quite mean­ing­less UN-backed Cam­bo­dia tri­bunal charg­ing Kh­mer Rouge with geno­cide will rule on two more “se­nior lead­ers” — Nuon Chea and Khieu Sam­phan — just as if no one re­ally knows their part in the Pol Pot rule. Small and medium busi­ness own­ers might like the quite large GSB Smart SMEs Smart Startup 2018 expo, to­day through Sun­day at Queen Sirikit Na­tional Con­ven­tion Cen­ter. Nether­lands face France in the friendly of the night, ac­tu­ally at 3am Satur­day. The hugely colour­ful but also ar­guably way-too-touristy Surin Ele­phant Round-Up be­gins to­day, and ends Sun­day.

SATUR­DAY

Straight out of Sin­ga­pore, lead­ers meet to­day and to­mor­row at the Asia-Pa­cific Eco­nomic Co­op­er­a­tion sum­mit at Port Moresby.

It is World Take-A-Hike Day. Pass that along to friends and fren­e­mies alike; it works for both.

Eng­land face Croa­tia in Na­tions League play to­mor­row at 9pm.

Thai­land host In­done­sia in a Group B match in the on­go­ing Suzuki Cup tour­na­ment. Game time is 6.30pm at Ra­ja­man­gala Na­tional Sta­dium.

The nine-day an­nual Fur­ni­ture Fair ends to­mor­row at Im­pact Muang Thong.

Nuon Chea and Khieu Sam­phan

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