Vol. III No. 12 - Saturday March 20 - March 26, 2004
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Every elephant has its day

5th National Elephant Day celebrated at Maesa Camp

Elephants have played a significant role in Thai history, and every year they have their day. This year a huge (pun intended) celebration took place at the Maesa Elephant Camp in Mae Rim district. Games were played, artistic talents displayed, and a jumbo-sized feast laid on. Full story and more pics on center pages this week. (Photo by Michael Vogt)

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NEWS

Chiang Mai Municipality councilor murdered

 

FEATURES
SPORT

Grandma receives international support

A blueprint of international cooperation

The 100 Years of Rotary project for the Rotary Club of Chiang Mai ThinThaiNgam, District 3360 is the “Grandma Cares” Project - a community related project which seems to grow every day. It is all about elderly people who must take care of their grandchildren who have been left orphaned when their parents have died as victims of HIV/AIDS.

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Hashers are much more than drinkers with a running problem

Charity Hash Run benefits local Wheelies

The Chiang Mai Hash House Harriers arranged a charity run on March 13 to provide funding for wheelchairs for disabled people. The turn-out for the “Inaugural St. Patrick’s Day Charity Fun Run in Chiang Mai” saw over 60 expats aged between 23-60 from America, England, Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, and Sweden pay the 500 baht entry and hoof off into the scrub, knowing that their donation would end up as wheelchairs for disabled rural children helped by the Chiang Mai Disabled Center’s Wheelchair Clinic.

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BUSINESS
TRAVEL & TOURISM

Healthy outlook for Thailand’s construction industry

Minister of Industry Pinit Charusombat said the construction industry this year is expected to expand further on the back of the recovery in the Thai economy. ‘As such, there will be strong investment in the construction sector especially on large-scale projects, not only in the new Suvarnabhumi international airport but also the planned expansion to Bangkok’s existing sky-train networks and the Au Arthorn low-cost housing project,” Pinit said, adding that the overall value could rise as high as 700 billion baht this year.

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Dream Town Luang Prabang

Backpacker’s paradise to world heritage site

Approaching Luang Prabang by air, there is only the mighty Mekong River winding itself like a snake through the green mountains of Laos. In the middle of the dry season, in February and March, sandbanks appear and make life difficult for the many boatmen who moor their boats on both side of the river.

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