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Local business unhappy with Nok Air take-over of Mae Hong Song route

Nano technology developed for use in cell phones

Local business unhappy with Nok Air take-over of Mae Hong Song route

Saksit Meesubkwang

Thai Airways International has transferred the Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son route to Nok Air despite protests by Mae Hong Son residents that the smaller airline may later not be able to maintain the route.

This happened before with the Lampang and Phrae routes, they said, and it would have a bad effect on Mae Hong Son tourism and the local economy.

Nok Air, a subsidiary of Thai Airways International, is being resisted by Mae Hong Son residents

Despite the protests the new Mae Hong Son governor agrees with the Thai Airways proposal, saying that it was free business competition, but stating that Nok Airís service had to be better than that of Thai Airways.

The new governor, Direk Konkleep, said that the Thai government wanted the air travel business to compete freely and internationally.

As for residentsí lack of confidence in Nok Air, Direk said that the two companies were virtually one, and that Thai Airways International was a shareholder in Nok Air.

Choti Naramonton, vice president of Mae Hong Son Chamber of Commerce, said 100 tourism business owners are hanging up signs protesting the canceling by Thai Airways of their Chiang Mai-Mae Hong Son route.

Wisoot Buachum, director of the Tourism Authority of Thailand Mae Hong Son office said that Nok Air should use the ATR plane and ticket booking system to assure tour agents. Furthermore, the airline should add more flights during high season from November to April, to support the many tourists visiting Mae Hong Son.

A rumor is spreading through the local travel industry that Royal Phnom Penh Airways is interested in opening a route from Phnom Penh to Bangkok, Chiang Rai, Mae Hong Son, and Mandalay and Tangyy in Burma.

Nano technology developed for use in cell phones

Chiangmai Mail Reporter

A newly-developed conductor using nano technology has been registered for copyright jointly by Chiang Mai University and the National Science and Technology Development Agency, which had supported the funding for this 10 million baht project over the past two years.

Dr. Sukon Panichapan lecturer of the universityís faculty of science said that research for this flat screen technology, which can be used in cellphones, had centered round the polymer creation process. Using the conductor, he said, would make the screen clearer and lighter but battery usage will be lower than usual.

One more copyright needs to be registered for the flat screen itself before the development can be applied in commercial products, expected within two to three years.

This research has received participation from American researchers, a team from the Nano Science Laboratory, and the doctoral polymer research section of the CMU faculty of science. Findings were presented at the International Conference on Advanced Materials and Technology, ICMAT 2005 this year in Singapore.