Vol. III No. 28 - Saturday July 10- July 16, 2004


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Commission says Chinese dams not to blame for drying Mekong

A Thai mother and her son catch small fish on the Mekong River in Chiang Saen district of Chiang Rai province. The Mekong River Commission, a regional group that deals with the waterway’s development, said that dams in China are not responsible for the low water levels in downstream parts of Southeast Asia’s Mekong River, and instead put the blame on inadequate rainfall. The Mekong starts in China and flows into parts of Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand. (AP Photo/Apichart Weerawong)

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NEWS

PM gets involved in cleaning up Chiang Mai’s air

 

 


FEATURES
SPORT

Elephant poo paper

That’s not ‘loo’ paper!

Did you know that the beautiful recycled colorful paper, which you see everywhere on the markets is made from materials other than wood? These include elephant dung, pineapple leaves and banana leaves.

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CDSC football thriller matches Euro 2004

Underdog parents rise to the occasion

On Thursday, July 1, there was a last soccer tournament at the Christian German School in Chiang Mai (CDSC) before it closed for the long summer break. It was ‘the last’ for many, including teachers, parents and students.

In a scene reminiscent of the Euro 2004 shocks and surprises, the four teams from the younger students, the older students, the parents and the teachers took to the field, hoping to win the trophy that has been the property of the older students for the past few years.

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BUSINESS
TRAVEL & TOURISM

China asks Thailand to cut border trade taxes

China has asked Thailand to slash cross-border taxes. Chinese businessmen have complained that the current rates are unfair.

Chinese entrepreneurs made their demand during a recent visit to China’s southern Xishuang Banna region by Thai government officials. The chairman of China’s Chamber of Commerce said Thai entrepreneurs enjoyed substantial tax concessions, including tax exemption for imported goods under 3,000 yuan (US$ 362), and a 50 percent tax reduction on goods over 3,000 yuan. In contrast, Chinese businesses have to pay customs duties to Thailand at the regular rate.

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Major travel show plans for November

The Chiang Mai Tourism Promotion Board (CTPB) has met to review its operations and prepare for the “Chiang Mai & North Travel 2004” bonanza.

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