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Faculty of Law at CMU receives Research Council award

New tourism initiative to promote Nan province and culture

Bangkok to integrate public mass transit tickets

Faculty of Law at CMU receives Research Council award

The best researcher in the Law branch of 2007

CMM reporters
The Faculty of Law Instructor at Chiang Mai University received a National Research Council award: The best researcher in the Law branch of 2007.

Assist. Prof. Kobkul Rayanakhon
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 Natural Resources.
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 waste management.


New tourism initiative to promote Nan province and culture

PRD
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 systems.
A joint venture company will be set up to handle administrative and financial management.
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)



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