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  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , budget, , , City of Angels, credit, , , , , , , historic, , , street, , , , , , , urbanites   

    ‘Happy Faces’ for jumbos: Move elephants from Bangkok’s mean streets to natural habitats 

    Thailand elephants

    Thailand elephants: photo: Bohdan Szcześniak

    Scenes of hungry, unemployed elephants wandering the crowded streets of Bangkok begging for food and money from tourists and urbanites may soon be a memory after the Thai capital’s municipal government—the Bangkok Metropolitan Administration, (the BMA or City Hall)—recently kicked off strict new measures to ban the elephants from the streets and enlist help from the Provincial Administrative Organisation in the northeastern province of Surin, home to large numbers of both pachyderms and their handlers, the mahouts, in an attempt to find a lasting and sustainable solution to the problem.

    Following City Hall’s Elephant Smile Project, the Returning Elephant to its Homeland project was launched to help shelter wandering elephants in the capital. Over 7,000 rai of land (some 2,800 acres) at the Elephant Studies Centre in Surin’s Tha Tum district, is now home to wandering elephants after the centre received a government budget of 22 million baht (US$660,000). (More …)

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  • Tom 7:59 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , budget, , cremation, , , , , , , , nourish, , , Phra Udom Prachatorn, , , , , Wat Phrabat Nampu, World AIDS Day   

    Wat Phrabat Nampu, the Sanctuary for HIV Patients 

    Wat Phrabat Nampu

    Wat Phrabat Nampu, the Sanctuary for HIV Patients

    1 December marks World AIDS Day, a day when world wide campaigns are launched to promote awareness in prevention against AIDS/HIV, while trying to reduce the stigma often associated with HIV infected patients. Memorials for those who died of the pandemic are also observed. Apart from reducing the number of HIV patients, many organizations and agencies also try to help those people suffering from the disease, by enabling them to survive and have ordinary lives similar to others. In Thailand, Wat Phrabat Nampu is one of them. (More …)

     
  • Tom 6:57 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , budget, , , , impact, , , , , Phanom Rok, , , power plant, rethink, , Tha Tako, , ,   

    Villagers in Nakhon Sawan oppose nuclear power plant 

    nuclear power plant Cattenom

    nuclear power plant Cattenom: commons.wikimedia.org

    More than 1,000 locals from Tha Tako District, Nakhon Sawan Province, are gathering at the Phanom Rok municipality to protest the planned construction of a nuclear power plant.

    The group, led by former Tambon Chief Surapon Khammprakob and ex-village head Sarawut Thongthavonwong, opposes the power plant plan in their village which is being studied by the Energy Ministry. The group indicated the project could experience possible radioactive leakage, thus demanding the Energy Ministry to cancel the survey of Phanom Rok. They said the site is unsuitable as it is located near water sources. (More …)

     
  • Tom 10:22 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: artificial coral, budget, , , , , , , recovery   

    Coral recovery projects launched 

    Coral Reef

    Coral Reef: Flickr.com

    The Department of Marine and Coastal Resources will request for a budget of 17 billion baht from the government to build artificial coral within five years.

    The department said coral recovery would be overseen by a special committee recently set up by the government. It is chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Major General Sanan Kajornprasart. (More …)

     
  • Tom 9:42 pm on November 28, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , 3G business, 3G mobile phone, , budget, , , , ICT, it, , , , , , , Telecommunications,   

    ICT confirms to proceed with 3G mobile system 

    3G system Mobile

    3G system Mobile: Flick.com

    ICT affirmed to implement 3G mobile phone business and it would not involve license issuing from the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC).

    Minister of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), Sub. Lt. Ranongrak Suwunchwee, said about the implementation of 3G business by TOT public Co., Ltd. that it was subject to the Ministry’s management. The service would start on 3 December 2009 in Bangkok and nearby provinces with 548 stations. The 2nd phase was on process with a budget of 20,000 million THB. A business plan would be drawn to be proposed to the Cabinet accordingly. By the end of this year the 3G network would be open to bids from the private sector. (More …)

     
  • Tom 9:26 pm on September 23, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: budget, budget hotel’, , Central Group, , , Indiana Jones, , , the Lost World, trends   

    Central Group eyes 77 hotel constructions in the next 5 years 

    Central world Thailand

    Central world Thailand

    Central Group aims to construct 77 hotels in the next five years in an effort to become a hotel giant in Thailand.

    Central Group also announced its hotel business grew by ten percent each year, and has eyed becoming the hotel leader in the kingdom. (More …)

     
  • Tom 6:15 pm on September 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , budget, , , creative economy, Creative Hub, development, , , , GDP, gross domestic product, , , Thai Khem Khaeng, ,   

    Thailand to be pushed as ‘ Creative Hub’ in ASEAN 

    Photo: padccreativehub.com

    Photo: padccreativehub.com

    The public and private sectors signed 12 agreements relating to creative economic development in an effort to propel Thailand to be a ‘Creative Hub’ within the ASEAN community.

    The projects under the 12 agreements will be financed by a budget of 20 billion baht, allocated from the Thai Khem Khaeng scheme. The projects are aimed to increase the proportion of creative economy by 20 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product (GDP) in 2012. (More …)

     
  • Tom 6:14 pm on September 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , Asian Games 2010, Asian Games 2010 Guang Zhou, athletics, badminton, , budget, , , clay shooting, , , Guang Zhou, hina, , , long jump, , Olympic Games, Olympic Games 2010, Olympic Games 2014, , shooting, , , taekwando, targets, , , , weightlifting, womens boxing, wrestling,   

    Thailand cuts gold medal targets in Olympic Games 

    gold medal Olympic Games

    Thailand cut gold medal targets from the Olympic Games 2010 to 7 medals and the Olympic Games 2014 to 15 medals, while expecting to get 19 medals from Asian Games 2010 and 190 medals from 25th SEA Games.

    Permanent Secretary for Tourism and Sport Dr. Sasithara Pichaicharnnarong today chaired the strategic plan meeting for promoting sports. After the meeting she revealed that the Minister of Tourism and Sport Mr. Chumpol Silpa-archa had ordered the postponement of the plan implementation from this year to next year in order to match with the budget. (More …)

     
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