Vol. III No. 5 - Saturday January 31 - February 6, 2004
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Bird flu fears grip the north

Bird police set up roadblocks

The Chiang Mai Provincial Livestock Office confirmed that it has been busy with measures to prevent the bird flu epidemic getting out of hand. Checkpoint controls have been set up to inspect and block the transfer of chickens and other poultry from the central region.

Vet Somporn Pornvisetsirikul, head of the Animal Health Development Department, said measures are in place to control outbreaks of the disease, including urgent meetings being held with related units, close monitoring, examining poultry droppings from each farm, and five samples being tested from each household with poultry in the communities.

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Metered taxis for Chiang Mai City


Chinese New Year Festival celebrated spectacularly in red

Thai-Chinese people gathered in Lao Jow Alley to celebrate their New Year, with Chiang Mai Municipality as the co-host. Along Thapae Road all the way to the alley at Wororos Market, thousands of people watched the grand parade, which ran from Thapae Gate to Lao Jow Alley. The opening ceremony was presided over by Thongchai Wongrianthong, Chiang Mai’s deputy governor and Chinese consul Peng Ren Tong.

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Chiang Mai Gymkhana win a squash thriller

On Saturday January 17, in one of the most exciting squash matches ever seen at the Chiang Mai Gymkhana Club (CGC), the home team came from 5 matches to 1 down at one stage to triumph 6-5 against the British Club (BC) from Bangkok. The two teams have enjoyed many memorable encounters in the past but this year’s was to prove exceptional.

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New Year doldrums for Chinese food offerings

Businesses that normally look forward to Chinese New Year as members of Thailand’s Chinese community flock to purchase items for use in religious offerings faced the doldrums this year due to soaring prices of eggs, chickens and pork.

A report published recently by the KASIKORN Research Center, formerly the Thai Farmers Research Center, had anticipated more money would be spent this year, with half of the money going towards religious offerings. However, the rising prices of eggs, chickens and pork, which together form an important component of the offerings, saw producers of these goods miss out on a golden opportunity.

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THAI plans expansion for Chiang Mai-Chittagong route

Bigger planes and more freight carriers needed

Thai Airways International (THAI) operates air links from Bangkok-Chiang Mai-Chittagong to support Thai government policy to promote Chiang Mai as the hub for aviation, tourism, trade, investment and exports in this northern region.

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