Faculty of Law at CMU receives
Research Council award
The best researcher in the Law branch of 2007
The Faculty of Law Instructor at Chiang Mai University received a
National Research Council award: The best researcher in the Law branch of
Assist. Prof. Kobkul
The National Research Council announced that the Research award of 2007 for
“Draft Law for the Management of Hazardous Wastes Projects” will be given to
Assist. Prof. Kobkul Rayanakhon, the Leader of the Project and the research
team from Kasetsart University consisting of Deputy Prof. Dr. Mongkol
Rayanakhon of the Science Faculty, Chiang Mai University, Instructor Paisit
Panichkul, Instructor Watit Sotthiphan of Faculty of Law, Chiang Mai
University, Prof. Dr. Direk Pattamasiriwat of Faculty of Economics,
Thammasart University, and Dr. Prapatsara Neelakupt, of College of the
Environment at Kasetsart University. Prof. Dr. Mingsan Kaosa-Ard, the
Director of the Social Research Institute, was the advisor for the project.
The Drafted Law for the Management of Hazardous Wastes Projects was a
project which the Social Research Institute at Chiang Mai University was
appointed to study by the Pollution Control Department at the Ministry of
The aim of the study was to suggest more effective methods of disposal of
hazardous wastes in the community by using economic instruments such as
product charge and the deposited fund scheme, leading to proposals resulting
in the drafting of a new law.
More efficient command and control of management of hazardous waste and
pollution could subsequently be affected, even though the waste and
pollution stemmed from a multitude of sources with a limited capacity of
efficiency. The Pollution Control Department would be able to approve the
drafted law, enabling it to be used for added modifications in waste
management and pollution control.
The drafted law can then be submitted for the Cabinet’s consideration and
possible revision after hearing additional opinions from sectors involved in
New tourism initiative to promote Nan province and culture
A new tourism initiative aimed at promoting the Nan province and its
culture has been announced by Ms Thanpa Nicorathanon, the director of
Tourism Authority of Thailand, Northern Office, Region 2. The ultimate aim
of the initiative is for the Old City areas of Nan and Wieang Phra That Chae
Hang to become a World Heritage Site.
The Nan provincial area has a 700 year long history with unique
characteristics, demonstrated by its beautiful and unique architecture and
art, and its culture and traditions, all set in an outstanding location.
In order to develop and preserve Nan’s heritage, an event entitled Cultural
Yard of Nan is being held at Khuang Muang Nan (Muang Nan Yard) on the second
Friday and Saturday of each month. The activities, aimed at residents and
visitors of all ages, include the wearing of local costumes, a local and
hill tribe costume competition, a Thai courtesy competition, a Northern Thai
language competition, and competitions for local bands, artists, etc.
A seminar will be held featuring local arts and culture, and an exhibition
of Northern Thai language books is planned. The monthly events will include
Lanna music, local arts, local medicinal plants, vegetables and herbs, the
13 tribes of Nan, local woven products, and modern culture.
The initiative will run from November 2007 through to September 2008. For
more information and details of each event, please contact the Nan Cultural
Office, Tel: 054-711650/1, the TAT Northern Office, Region 2, Tel:
053-744674/5, or visit the website at www.m.culture.go.th/nan
Bangkok to integrate
public mass transit tickets
Thailand’s operators of elevated trains, subways, trains
and Bangkok city hall signed an agreement last week to kick off integrated
tickets to facilitate commuters travel by mass public transportation.
After signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between agencies
concerned, Transport Minister Admiral Thira Haocharoen said the pilot
project will be launched for passengers of the elevated rail system and the
subway during the next six months.
When the two public transport systems are connected, passengers can travel
by both elevated and underground trains with a single card.
In the future, the integrated ticketing system will cover both the capital’s
future public transportation such as the Airport Link elevated train, and
new routes of electrified trains to the greater Bangkok suburbs, he said.
Khiri Kanchapat, an executive of the Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), said
that the company will discuss more with the Bangkok Metro (BMCL) regarding
integrating the management of software and hardware of the ticketing
A joint venture company will be set up to handle administrative and
Skytrain serves 400,000-450,000 passengers daily on weekdays and earns about
Bt9-10 million daily, while there are about 300,000 passengers daily on
Saturday and Sunday. (TNA)