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  • Tom 7:42 pm on January 26, 2010 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , Ban Thap Chang, , , Express Service train, government, , , , Makkasan Station, , , , Ratchaprarop, , , ,   

    Airport Rail Link set to be in service mid-2010 

    Airport Rail Link train

    Airport Rail Link train: Flickr.com

    The 28-kilometre Airport Rail Link connecting Suvarnabhumi Airport with the city centre will be fully operational within the next six months, mid-2010, at the latest, Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva said on Friday.

    Speaking after presiding over a special test run of the Airport Rail Link with members of his cabinet, Mr Abhisit said his transport minister Sophon Zarum has given assurances that the Airport Rail Link’s commercial service could be in operation as early as March or mid-2010 at latest. (More …)

  • Tom 1:52 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , government, , , , policy, poll, ,   

    Economy moving downtrend / Suan Dusit Poll 

    3D Bar Graph Meeting

    The majority respondents of a survey conducted by the Suan Dusit Rajabhat University agreed that the country’s economy is worsening.

    The Suan Dusit poll was conducted among 1,327 people from Dec 1 to 3 on their viewpoints towards their confidence in economic recovery. The poll showed that the majority of the respondents or 71.43% said the country’s economy was moving downward. 56.55% stated that the household expenses were rising and 49.70% said they held the same income. (More …)

  • Tom 1:46 pm on December 6, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , , government, , influencers, NGOs, , , , , ,   

    UNAIDs: Changing the HIV/AIDs situation in Thailand 

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon

    AIDS Awareness Ribbon: Flickr.com

    No Government in this world can protect people from HIV/AIDs, the change must come from the people said Dr Michael Hahn, UNAIDs Country Coordinator for Thailand.

    This means that the Government can only help by providing the environment to facilitate change, especially to the risk groups such as same-sex groups or drug addicts who share infected needles.

    As an international agency for HIV/AIDs, the UNAIDs provide a support system, linking the Government, the civil society and other relevant parties together. It doesn’t reach out to the patients directly but it helps Thailand get the support they need such as technical support, better development policy or training in certain areas such as spreading awareness or prevention methods. (More …)

  • Tom 9:28 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , , City of Angels, credit, , , , , government, , 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 …)

  • Tom 8:20 pm on December 1, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , banks, , , , government, government banks, , , , national holidays, refinancing, registration, Savings Bank   

    Informal debt registration commences 

    money roll

    money roll : flickr.com

    The first day of registration under the informal debt-refinancing program saw more than 17,000 people signing up in various parts of the country.

    The headquarters of the Government Savings Bank was crowded this morning as today is the first day of registration for the government’s informal debt restructuring scheme. Nakhon Ratchasima and Pichit are two top provinces with the highest number of registrants. (More …)

  • Tom 4:44 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: AFRIMS, , , government, governments, , , New England, , , , , US Ambassador, US Armed Forces, US government   

    Thailand and US keep cooperating in the fight against HIV 

    Know your HIV status

    Know your HIV status: Flickr.com

    The US government confirmed that cooperative response to HIV/AIDS with Thailand would be sustained to combat the spread of AIDS and to encourage further medical research.

    US Ambassador Eric G. John in Thailand voiced confidence that the two governments would keep on working for better lives of those HIV/AIDS infected patients.

    Thailand and the US have coordinated in public health for over 40 years through many state agencies such as the US Agency for International Development (USAID), US Armed Forces Research Institute of Medical Sciences (AFRIMS) and US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). (More …)

  • Tom 4:38 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , Ayutthaya World Heritage site, Ban Chieng archeological site, , Dresden, , government, , Kampaengphet, Sri Satchanalai, Sukothai, , , , , ,   

    Ayutthaya could be removed from the World Heritage Site list by UNESCO 

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site

    Ayutthaya World Heritage site: fotopedia.com

    The World Heritage Committee expressed concerns for Ayutthaya, a Thai registered world heritage site, which could be removed from the UNESCO list.

    The Deputy Permanent Secretary for Culture and a World Heritage Committee member, Ms Somsuda Leeyawanit said the deterioration and heavy encroachment in the area of Ayutthaya World Heritage site were against the criteria of UNESCO and might cause Ayutthaya to be removed from the World Heritage list. (More …)

  • Tom 4:20 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , automobile, car, car factorie, , factory, government, , manufacturer, , Mazda, Mitsubishi, , , Suzuki,   

    Japanese car firms boost production capacity in Thailand 


    Mazda 2: freefoto.com

    Japanese automobile manufacturers are increasing their production capacity in Southeast Asia in response to the regional growing demand.

    The production lines of Japanese car factories in Thailand are being accelerated to support an increasing demand in the ASEAN market which has been boosted by the governments’ stimulus measures. (More …)

  • Tom 4:15 pm on November 30, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , atomic power plant, capture, carbon, , , , , government, , megawatt, , , , , , , , , ,   

    Thai nuclear power needs govt support 

    nuclear power plant Cattenom

    nuclear power plant Cattenom: commons.wikimedia.org

    The policy on nuclear power plants in Thailand must be imposed at a national level, driven both by the government and parliament, said Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand (EGAT) Governor, Sombat Sarntijaree.

    Mr Sombat said the EGAT had set plans to generate 2,000 megawatts of electricity from coal and nuclear power each. However, the production of electricity from coal was costly as it caused carbon emissions. If the nation was to generate electricity from coal it must use carbon capture and sequestration technologies to tackle the emissions and also bring the production cost of coal electricity to 2.50 baht per unit, the governor said. (More …)

  • Tom 9:32 pm on November 29, 2009 Permalink
    Tags: , , , Dubai economic, , , gold price, government, , , OPEC, , payments, Petroleum, , , , , , , world stock market,   

    Dubai economic collapse has little impact on Thailand economy 

    The Business Bay Executive Towers in Dubai Metropolis

    The Business Bay Executive Towers in Dubai Metropolis: Flickr.com

    Dubai economic fallout would not affect trading between Thailand and Dubai, according to the Director of the Center for Economic and Business Forecasting (CEBF) of the University of the Thai Chamber of Commerce, Mr. Thanavath Phonvichai.

    Mr Thanavath stated that the case of the Dubai World, the main investment company in Dubai,which requested the rescheduling of payments of US$59 billion (2.1 trillion baht) in debts last Friday had to be closely monitored during these two weeks although a clear process had been announced by Dubai government. However, he also said that the situation would depend on the central government of United Arab Emirates (UAE), adding the rescheduling of debt payment could affect the world stock market and gold price worldwide. Additionally, he believed that a clearer operation would bring back a normal situation in Dubai and global countries. (More …)

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