Vol. VII No. 5 - Tuesday January 29 - February 4, 2008
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Newly elected parliament
convenes after 2-year hiatus

HRH Crown Prince Vajiralongkorn reads a statement as he presides over the opening ceremony of the House of Representatives at the Ananthasamakhom throne in Bangkok, Monday, Jan. 21. (AP Photo/Sakchai Lalit)

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Further report confirms new bird flu outbreak

Chickens from a village in Thailand’s northern province of Phichit have died and laboratory tests on samples have indicated the presence of an H5 variant of the avian influenza virus. At present, a closer identification could not be determined. The new outbreak occurred only a day after the potentially deadly disease was detected in poultry in nearby Nakhon Sawan province. Preechan Ruanchan, the governor of Phichit province, said the remaining poultry in the village would be destroyed, in order to prevent the spread of the disease. Check points have been set up on provincial roads to prevent the transportation of birds without authorisation by veterinarians.
All vehicles moving between Ban Mun Nak and Chum Saeng districts are being sprayed with disinfectant. Officials in several provinces, including Bangkok, are on high alert since the re-emergence of the virus.

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Blacklisted members of major drugs ring arrested in Chiang Mai


Chiang Mai Goes Green

Tuesday, January 22, saw residents of Chiang Mai, both expat and Thai, come together to celebrate the launch of Green Chiang Mai.

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The all-electric car gets closer

For some time, in the technical mags like ASEAN Autobiz, I have been proposing that the all-electric car is getting closer. This would be a ‘plug-in’ where you just plug it into the mains grid to recharge overnight. The only problem stopping the universal adoption of this concept has been the batteries.

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Around Town

Saudi Arabia victorious in ACC Under 19 Challenge Cup

Saudi Arabia won the ACC Under 19 Challenge Cup, using their powerful batting, fast bowling and spin bowling, and excellent fielding to defeat Bhutan 247 to 188 at the Prem Center in Chiang Mai, Saturday, January 19.

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Sira Santitranon, general manager of Robinson’s Department Store, (left), seen together with Wim Fagel at the Amari Rincome, where they met to discuss 2008’s business plans.

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