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New portrait of the King

Posted by hasekamp on 30 June 2006 at 23:25 PM
The government will print and distribute His Majesty the King's portraits of this year's Diamond Jubilee celebrated nationwide through grand state and Royal events earlier this month to government and state agencies, as well as households soon. A Government Spokesman said that the Royal portraits would also be distributed to schools and other educational institutes across the nation. "For households, they can ask for the Royal portraits from local officials after they are dispatched to governors in their respectives provinces," the spokesman noted. The printing cost of the Royal portraits is Bt10 each. "Officials at government and state offices and members of the general public can soon have the officially-produced Royal portraits of His Majesty the King for which they can pay homage and keep as priceless souvenirs commemorating the auspicious occasion of the 60th anniversary of the beloved monarch's accession to the throne as Thailand's and the world' longest serving monarch, according to the government spokesman. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Panda not pregnant after all

Posted by hasekamp on 30 June 2006 at 23:19 PM
Giant panda Lin Hui (living in Chiang Mai Zoo) who was tho9ugyt to be pregnant, appears not to be in this blessed condition. The latest ultrasound scans confirm she does not carry a foetus. Earlier, zoo veterinarians suspected the panda was pregnant but it has turned out Lin Hui is just having a pseudo-pregnancy. Chiang Mai Zoo veterinarian Kannikar Nimtrakul said no panda foetus was found in the latest scan. "A false panda pregnancy is not uncommon. Such pregnancies have been reported often." Giant pandas Lin Hui and Xuang Xuang arrived at Chiang Mai Zoo on Oct 12, 2003, on loan for 10 years from China. Since their arrival, they have attracted a large number of visitors to the zoo. Chiang Mai Zoo director Thanaphat Pongpamorn said about 15 million baht would be spent on building separate living quarters for the giant pandas, and creating an environment more conducive to their mating. The zoo would make preparations for breeding during November-December and would encourage its star attractions to breed in January next year. Artificial insemination would also be attempted. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Tsunami TV series

Posted by hasekamp on 29 June 2006 at 18:37 PM
Mixed reactions greeted the filming of scenes for the TV mini-series Aftermath at Bangkok Hospital Phuket this week. While some people said they saw the movie as potentially good for promoting Phuket, others particularly victims felt disturbed. Kudos, the company making the movie for the BBC and HBO, recently came under fire in the British media for insensitivity, causing the BBC to issue a defensive press release. Another critical story by the Associated Press was published widely in the US and elsewhere. Kudos itself has made no public comments. Some have also questioned the effect that the mini-series, due to be screened in the autumn, will have on tourism in Phuket and neighboring provinces. Tsunami victims are not pleased with the idea for the series. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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No doubled fees

Posted by hasekamp on 29 June 2006 at 18:30 PM
The National Park, Wildlife and Plant Conservation Department (DNP) in Phuket province has decided to rethink its plans to double the entrance fees to National Parks after coming under fire from tourism businesses. The DNP had planned to double park entry fees so that foreign children would pay 200 baht, foreign adults 400 baht, Thai children 20 baht and Thai adults 40 baht. "If the prices are too high, tourists will visit other attractions," an official said, explaining that for a couple of hundred baht more, instead of visiting Sirinath National Park tourists could visit Simon Cabaret. "The fees are already high and if the officers were more strict in collecting them, then the DNP would have enough money. But if the DNP raises its entry fees, tourist businesses will be affected and the burden will be passed on to consumers. This will have a negative effect on tourism," the official added. (Source: The Phuket Gazette)


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Malaria and dengue fever alert

Posted by hasekamp on 28 June 2006 at 23:45 PM
Refugees from continuing violence in the Myanmar countryside adjacent to Thailand together with an earlier than normal rainy season in the heavily-forested border region means that the incidence and danger of contracting malaria is higher than usual. Mae Sot Hospital director Dr. Kanoknart Pisuthikul said that early rains meant more risk of dengue fever as well. Thailand 's public health programme has greatly reduced the annual incidence of malaria cases, the World Health Organization reports, but refugees, migrant workers, villagers living along the border - and tourists - are still at high risk from mosquito-borne diseases unless they take adequate precautions. While having a steadily reducing incidence, malaria remains a major public health problem in Thailand, with migration of cross-border laborers suspected as a leading cause of malaria transmission. WHO reports that in Thailand, the endemic area is in the hilly or forested area only. Most cases are from the border of Thailand especially Thai-Myanmar, Thai-Cambodia border and that there is no risk in major cities or major tourist resorts such as Bangkok, Chiang Mai, Pattaya, Phuket and Samui Island. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Flash floods in Pang Nga

Posted by hasekamp on 27 June 2006 at 17:57 PM
Flash floods in the southern province of Phang Nga have affected at least 1,500 people from 260 families and damaged 1,500 rai of land. Phang Nga authorities have set up rescue centers at local schools in the district to provide shelter and food for people affected by the floods. The flooding hit the Tai Muang and Takua Tung districts where most people had failed to make preparations for an inundation. Phang Nga governor Winai Buapradit said the flooding was the result of torrential rains on Monday and Tuesday. "We have provided necessities for those affected by the floods - particularly food and water," he said. Now that the situation had returned to normal, people have started returning to their houses. (Source: The Nation)


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Flood and mudslides expected

Posted by hasekamp on 27 June 2006 at 17:55 PM
Caretaker Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra on Tuesday instructed responsible state agencies to coordinate preventive measures in preparation for anticipated floods and mudslides, while almost 3,000 locations nationwide have been found vulnerable to such natural disaster. The prime minister said immediate preparation and action was needed to prevent incidents similar to those which occurred in the five northern provinces last month. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Yongyut Tiyapairat told the Cabinet that his ministry had surveyed and discovered that 2,870 locations throughout the country are prone to mudslides.
Meanwhile, Deputy Government Spokesman Danuporn Punnakan said the cabinet approved Bt818 million in added financial aid to supplement a previously approved budget of Bt 2.4 billion for flood relief. The funds will benefit local residents affected by floods and mudslides in the five northern provinces of Uttaradit, Sukhothai, Lampang, Phrae, and Nan where 87 persons were confirmed killed and 29 missing. More than 352,000 residents of 108,000 households have been affected. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Problem with airport sktytrain

Posted by hasekamp on 27 June 2006 at 17:51 PM
Two of 14 problematic concrete support pillars for the Airport Link elevated railway ("skytrain") have been ordered demolished and rebuilt after being found sub-standard. Cracks have also been found in some of the beams. Two hundred and twelve pillars have been erected of the 889 needed to carry the 28km elevated railway that will link Suvarnabhumi airport and the inner city. The Transport Ministry found nine of them had hairline cracks, three columns had bigger cracks which need closer examination and two had air bubbles. The two columns with bubbles, built above the eastern railway tracks and stands near Lat Krabang railway station, must be demolished and rebuilt, caretaker Transport Minister Pongsak Raktapongpaisal said yesterday. Poor curing of the concrete had allowed water in the cement mix to vaporise before the concrete hardened and that caused the air bubbles, he said. About 2,700 beam segments have been installed of the total 10,875 needed. The problems would not affect the completion schedule of the railway, in the next two years. The contractor would have to meet the cost of rectifying the problems. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Too much soccer

Posted by hasekamp on 22 June 2006 at 18:38 PM
A construction worker who drank large quantities of caffeine, so he could stay up and watch the World Cup, has died of a heart attack, probably during the England-Sweden match early yesterday. Hall Kiddee, 38, of Sakon Nakhon, was found dead in his room at an industrial estate in tambon Tha Toom of Si Maha Phot district, Prachin Buri. Friends told police that Hall was not a drinker but was an avid World Cup fan and had stayed up late to watch the matches on television since the competition began. To keep himself awake, Hall bought coffee and large quantities of an energy drink, the friends said. On Tuesday evening, he was seen taking a bag containing freshly-brewed coffee up to his room after saying he looked forward to watching the England-Sweden match. Doctors said Hall had been dead for five hours when his body was discovered. He had died of a heart attack. There were no indications of foul play. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Thaksin to stand trial for perjury

Posted by hasekamp on 19 June 2006 at 19:51 PM
The Southern Bangkok Criminal Court yesterday scheduled a September 18 trial date for a lawsuit filed by an American businessman against caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra over their cable television business venture that dates back to the late 1980s. Thaksin is accused of perjury, a charge that carries a maximum penalty of seven years' imprisonment. The court granted a request by the plaintiff, William L Monson, that the criminal trial begins without waiting for a court ruling in a similar civil case. Monson filed criminal charges on May 2 after winning a civil court case last year against Thaksin. Thaksin appealed to the Supreme Court after losing in the Court of Appeal. The court yesterday rejected the defence's request for the criminal trial to begin after the highest court made its ruling on the civil case. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand on meningitis alert list

Posted by hasekamp on 19 June 2006 at 19:47 PM
Thailand's Public Health Ministry has ordered provincial public health offices countrywide to keep closer surveillance for meningococcal diseases following 12 new cases of meningitis and three deaths being reported, according a senior official of the Ministry. Ministry of Public Health acting permanent secretary Dr. Prat Boonyawongvirot said as a result of surveillance during the first four months of this year, 12 people in all four regions of the country were found infected with meningitis, five in the northeast (two in Udon Thani and one each in Nongbua Lamphu, Nakhon Ratchasima, and Amnartcharoen), four in the south (two in Satun, one each in Songkhla and Narathiwat), two in the eastern province of Chonburi, and one in the central Singhburi. Three patients in Satun and Songkhla had died this year, Dr. Prat said. Last year a total of 43 cases were reported with seven resulting in death, he said. Meningococcal meningitis is caused by the Neisseria meningitis bacteria serotype A and spreads through droplet infection and close contact. Meningitis epidemics occur in periodic cycles, usually every 10 to 20 years. Patients usually develop a wide range of symptoms, including high fever, sore throat and coughing, body ache and headache with rashes on the body, dizziness, vomiting, stiffness in neck and pain, seizures, as well as altered senses or impaired senses. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Thailand offers to rebuild Afghan Buddha Images

Posted by hasekamp on 18 June 2006 at 13:50 PM
Thai Careteker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra offered to reconstruct the ancient world heritage Buddha statues destroyed by Afghanistan's former Taleban regime in 2001. The former Afghan Islamic fundamentalist regime dynamited and used artillery to deface and destroy the priceless twin Buddha statues, carved into the heart of the Hindu Kush mountains in Bamiyan, claiming that all statues are idols and therefore their existence was contrary to Islamic belief. The Taleban action against one of Asia's great historical treasures caused international outrage and widespread condemnation. Mr. Thaksin said he had discussed the issue with Afghanistan President Hamid Karsai on the sideline of a conference. Mr.Thaksin said he told the Afghan leader that Thailand, as a Buddhist country, would like to collect the remains of the Bamiyan Buddha statues to rebuild the new ones. President Karzai welcomed the idea but said he would bring up the issue for discussion with his government. Besides the reconstruction of the famed Buddha statues, the two leaders also discussed about the planned crop substitution project which Thailand is willing to help replace opium plantations in Afghanistan, modelled after the royally-initiated projects of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej. (Source: Thai News Agency)


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Fireworks ends festivities

Posted by hasekamp on 18 June 2006 at 13:45 PM
The fireworks display in honor of His Majesty the King's 60th year anniversary of ascension last night was said to have been worth the 8-month wait. Reporters have stated that the fireworks display at Muang Thong Thani was the grandest fireworks event this year. Many traveling on the road in front of Muang Thong Thani decided to park their cars and watch the fireworks. Visitors to the site of display were encouraged to leave after 9pm last night, with traffic around Muang Thong Thani and Chaengwatthana road having been filled with tens of thousands of commuters. The fireworks and the multimedia display were provided by the commissioned Glorious Fireworks International company, a multinational firm from Hong Kong, Germany and the United States. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Follow the King!

Posted by hasekamp on 16 June 2006 at 15:29 PM
Privy Council Chairman General Prem Tinsulanonda urged all sides on Friday to apply the lessons of His Majesty the King's speeches, especially on the selfsufficiency economy, to solve the country's poverty. Prem gave a speech at a seminar hosted by the Foundation for International Human Resource Development on the creation of a learning society according to His Majesty the King's initiatives and his selfsufficiency philosophy. His Majesty had been talking about the "New Theory" for more than 20 years but people at the time gave little interest, as they were keen on becoming a newly industrialised country, he said. Now people had turned to and become confident in this theory, which had never been outofdate and would remain applicable in the future, he said. "Even United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, who conferred the Human Development Lifetime Achievement Award on His Majesty on May 26, said at the Foreign Affairs Ministry that if human development meant to prioritise people, nothing was greater than development according to His Majesty's guideline," he added. As the country's greatest problem was poverty, using the selfsufficiency economy theory would help solve it, said Prem. "His Majesty's policies and speeches are answers to all problems including economic, social and even political issues, thus I want us to hold on them because they are all pure, holy and useful to all Thais," he added. (Source: The Nation)


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Fifty bombs in the South

Posted by hasekamp on 16 June 2006 at 15:26 PM
Militants set off 50 bombs in the three southernmost provinces yesterday, killing at least three people and injuring scores of state workers and civilians in one of the biggest challenges to state authority in several years. There were 12 bombs in Yala, 18 in Pattani and 20 in Narathiwat. The government believes the morning blasts, in 29 places, were intended as a display of force and to send a message that insurgents could hit both government offices and private property. Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra chided security authorities for failing to prevent the wave of explosions. "Prevention measures are not good enough," he said in northern Chiang Mai province. According to a security source, intelligence reports had warned about possible attacks on June 15, which marked the anniversary of the creation of the insurgent's so-called "free Pattani state." The bombs were planted inside state offices including the toilets of district offices and a public library, and private property including convenience stores and food shops. All three fatalities were reported in Pattani. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Royal projects are popular

Posted by hasekamp on 14 June 2006 at 12:30 PM
Thais are aware of and greatly value the royal development projects initiated by His Majesty the King, the director of the ABAC Poll Research Centre, Noppadon Kannika, said on Wednesday. Citing a recent poll conducted from May 13 to 25 of 2,794 respondents in Bangkok and major provinces, Noppadol said most Thais were aware of and appreciated the royal projects. A huge majority (93.8 per cent) were aware of the Royal Rainmaking Project. In terms of awareness, this was followed by the Royal Medical Teams project at 85.7 per cent and the "New Theory", incorporating His Majesty's selfsufficiency philosophy, at 85.4 per cent, said Noppadol. The "New Theory" is an agricultural development approach emphasising diversification so that farmers have various sources of income. The Pa Sak River Basin Development Project, the Mangrove Forest Preservation Project, the Royal Chitralada Projects (demonstration agricultural projects) and the Thai Dairy Industry Promotion Project were also widely recognised at 79.8, 79.1, 79, and 78.5 per cent, respectively, Noppadol said. His Majesty's wastewatertreatment project, Vetiver Grassgrowing project to prevent soil erosion, and assistance to severely ill people were also recognised at 77.9, 77.1, and 76.6 per cent respectively, he said. The "Kaem Ling" (monkey cheeks) project to excavate canals to create reservoirs and floodwaterdraining channels had awareness of 75.8 per cent, followed by the Royal Project for generating solar power at 75.6 per cent and His Majesty's diseasecontrol campaigns at 75.4 per cent. The Royal Project Foundation's schemes to have hilltribe people and adjacent lowlanders grow fruits and vegetables instead of drug crops, reduce slashandburn farming and live a less nomadic existence had a public awareness of 74.3 per cent. About 72 per cent knew of the project providing free dental service to the needy, 71 per cent knew of the gasohol plant project and more than 60 per cent knew about projects to use wind power in wastewater treatment. There was about 60 percent recognition for the royal agriculture industry development schemes, a project to use wind power in agriculture, and a project to tackle traffic congestion, while slightly over 50 per cent were aware of the royal biogas project. (Source: The Nation)


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Praise for His Majesty

Posted by hasekamp on 14 June 2006 at 12:27 PM
The Sultan of Brunei extolled His Majesty the King as a source of inspiration for other monarchs around the world and of confidence for the Thai people. As the longest-reigning guest monarch, His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah spoke on behalf of the other royals during the banquet in the Chakri Throne Hall last night. "We are here, Your Majesty, to honour you and your people and to honour your life as their leader, their inspiration and their revered Head of State," he said. Sultan Bolkiah emphasised that the monarchs and representatives from 25 countries around the world had come to honour the "substance" of the King's reign, although they recognised that it is "one of the longest in history". "Its 60 years are not just 60 years in the history of Thailand. They are, in so many ways, the history of our times, the good and the bad, the joyous and the sad, the exciting and the desperate." The Sultan said that these years have brought the most rapid and far-reaching changes ever seen in man's history. "They have challenged every aspect of our existence, above all, as sovereign nations," he added. But at critical moments, the King had risen to the occasion to lead with dignity, wisdom and courage.
The speeches followed dinner prepared by one of the country's top hotels with advice from Grand Chamberlain Khwankeo Vajarodaya, who is also an expert in fine cuisine. Produce from the Royal Project contributed to the menu featuring horse crab and crayfish, roast veal, steamed rainbow trout, and apple charlotte with lavender ice cream. The banquet was a first for the Barommarajasathit Mahoran Throne Hall, built in 2004 as an extension of the Chakri Throne Hall. The royal guests will be treated to another dinner today at Government House. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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More yellow shirts

Posted by hasekamp on 13 June 2006 at 13:52 PM
Clothing manufacturers have been asked by the government to produce 500,000 more yellow shirts commemorating His Majesty the King's diamond jubilee anniversary to meet huge demand from the public. The shirts will be available at big supermarkets such as Big C, Macro and 7-Eleven convenient stores nation-wide. The director general of the Department of Commerce, said he met with 15 major garment makers and decided to produce standardised, commemorative yellow shirts. The shirts will have three types of fabric including cotton and PVC. Prices will range from Bt200 to Bt250. Some 20,000 shirts would be available by next week and shops selling the merchandise had promised not to mark up the price. Although the initial run will be 500,000, more could be made if the demand outstrips supply. Some 10,000 people who earlier requested shirts from the department, would be able to pick up their shirts by Wednesday. (Source: The Nation)


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Speech by His Majesty the King

Posted by hasekamp on 13 June 2006 at 13:47 PM
His Majesty the King yesterday presided over one of the largest gatherings of monarchs, addressing them with simple words that resounded in the splendour of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. Speaking at the formal welcome for royal guests from 25 countries around the world, the King emphasised that he had engaged in development work throughout his reign out of a sense of duty "as a Thai person". "I would like to say to all of you that the fostering of a country is not the duty of any one person in particular. But it is the responsibility of all Thai people to do their duty to the best of their ability in order to preserve and develop the country so that it enjoys progress, security and happiness," he said. The King was responding to caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra who had extolled his development work over the past 60 years. The King and HM the Queen personally greeted the guests in the company of most of the members of the Royal Family.
The King did not travel by royal barge during tyhe procession earlier that day. The last time he did so was in 1999 during the celebration of his 72nd birthday, when he went by river to preside over the presentation of kathin robes to monks at Wat Arun, the Temple of Dawn. The King and the Queen greeted each dignitary personally, starting with Prince Sayyid Shihab bin Tariq Taimour Al Said of Oman and ending with Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei, who is the most senior royal guest according to the hierarchy of who has reigned the longest. Attending the celebration are monarchs from 13 countries: Brunei, Cambodia, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Lichtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Qatar, Swaziland and Sweden. Others are represented by royal family members or consorts. They come from Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Britain, Denmark, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Spain, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates.
Mr Thaksin described the King as "the soul of the nation", "a working king" and "the great development king of Thailand". (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Royal Barges Procession

Posted by hasekamp on 13 June 2006 at 13:42 PM
For the fifteenth time during the reign of King Rama IX Bangkok saw a Royal Barges Procession in the Chao Phraya River yesterday. Spectators along the Chao Phraya river were gripped by the magnificent spectacle of the Royal Barge Procession, which dates back to the reign of King Rama I. Early birds dressed in yellow came from all parts of the country, arriving as early as 3am in the rush to secure the best spots to watch the procession, while riverside shops and homes charged spectators 200 to 4,000 baht a seat. By 11am, space under the Rama VIII bridge, where the 52 vessels set off, was packed and crowds lined public spots along the river. It briefly poured with rain in the afternoon, but few people budged from their prime locations, and they offered support to the more than 2,000 oarsmen who were aboard the barges, preparing to set off in the rain. Shops and houses near the Royal Navy Institute, with Wat Arun as the backdrop, cashed in, setting up rows of seats along their balconies. (When we - from Hasekamp Net - watched the procession in 1999 we had a very fine view from Wat Rakhang, where we only had to pay a small sum for the use of a first-row chair).
Seat prices skyrocketed as the event drew near, climbing to 4,000 baht. Riverside restaurants were fully booked with a set menu costing up to 5,000 baht a table. Besides food and drink, some vendors added telescopes and Diamond Jubilee souvenirs to their product lines.
At 2pm, when 2,300 oarsmen and officials had boarded the 52 barges at the Rama VIII bridge, the crews invited spectators to join in two minutes of meditation and sent well-wishes to the King. About 100 correspondents from 50 overseas news organisations covered the 15th procession during the reign of His Majesty the King from the Royal Navy Convention Hall. "This ceremony has a grandeur that is not seen anywhere else in the world," one of them said. We fully agree with that! (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Today is for the foreign guests

Posted by hasekamp on 12 June 2006 at 15:32 PM
The painstaking preparations for the grand celebration of His Majesty the King's Diamond Jubilee culminate today as heads of state and royalty from 25 countries assemble in Bangkok to honour the world's longest reigning monarch. History will be made in the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall for the second time in four days when the King presides over the ceremony to receive the royal guests coming to attend the grand events marking the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne. Tomorrow Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah of Brunei will represent the royal dignitaries visiting the kingdom in delivering a celebratory message to the King at the state banquet to be held at the Borommaratchasathit Maholan Throne Hall, which is the extended part of the Chakri Maha Prasat Throne Hall. The banquet will be hosted by the King and Queen. After the royal reception this afternoon, the King will lead the visitors to watch the 40-minute procession of 52 royal barges, highlighted by the stately Suphannahongsa, along the Chao Phraya river, at the Royal Thai Navy Institute building. The Royal Barge Procession starts at 5.30pm. The guests then will see an exhibition in honour of the King's work at the Royal Thai Navy Convention Hall. The presentation on the King and the Development of Thailand has four themes: land, water, forest and people. These are the four elements emphasised by the King in his development efforts and through his royally-initiated projects across the country, an official preparing the event said.
The Royal guests come from Bahrain, Belgium, Bhutan, Britain, Brunei, Cambodia, Denmark, Japan, Jordan, Kuwait, Lesotho, Liechtenstein, Luxembourg, Malaysia, Monaco, Morocco, the Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar, Spain, Swaziland, Sweden, Tonga and the United Arab Emirates. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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No more giant catfish

Posted by hasekamp on 11 June 2006 at 14:14 PM
Thai fishermen have promised to stop catching the endangered giant Mekong catfish to mark the 60th anniversary of their king's accession to the throne. Nearly 60 fishermen made the pledge at a ceremony in the northern city of Chiang Khong - one of several events to celebrate the King's long reign. The men are being paid US$500 for each giant catfish net they surrender. The creature was put on the World Conservation Union's critically endangered list three years ago. It was found that numbers of the species had plummeted over a decade. The giant Mekong catfish can grow to around 3m in length and weigh up to 300kg. "This is a great commitment from fishermen," Chiang Khong senator Tuenjai Deetes told the Associated Press news agency. "Every fisherman will stop fishing giant catfish forever." Conservationists said the ban was a first step towards saving the catfish, but warned that more needed to be done to ensure their survival. (Source BBC News)


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Celebrations on Saturday

Posted by hasekamp on 11 June 2006 at 12:21 PM
His Majesty the King yesterday presided over the elevation of 69 senior Buddhist monks to a higher rank to mark the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne. The ceremony took place at the Amarin Vinijai Throne Hall inside the Grand Palace. All 69 were graciously presented with certificates of their new titles, along with honorary fans, by HRH Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn. After the ceremony, 99 monks chanted prayers for HM the King. Among those observing the auspicious occasion were Royal Family members, privy councillors, the prime minister and the presidents of Parliament and the Supreme Court.
Later in the evening, a spectacular firework display lit up the sky over the majestic Chao Phya River, to the delight of onlookers and those watching the celebrations live on TV. The firework display was organised by the Defence Ministry. (Source: The Nation)


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New airport opening date set for September

Posted by hasekamp on 10 June 2006 at 13:21 PM
Bangkok's new Suvarnabhumi Airport is now set to open for commercial purposes on September 28, the Transport Ministry announced. This was announced on a press conference. A new committee comprising of representatives of all parties concerned, including Airports of Thailand Public Co., Ltd. (AOT), the Customs Department, the Immigration Bureau, THAI and other international airlines, would also be set up to oversee the relocation of Bangkok's internatonal airport from the Don Muang Airport to the Suvarnabhumi Airport, the two ministers said. The committee set-up will be complete by June 17 when caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra will chair a meeting of all the parties concerned to review all projects and plans involving the Suvarnabhumi Airport, including the remaining construction and decoration works, to ensure that the new airport will be opened as scheduled. Thai Airways International will begin moving its offices from the Don Muang Airport in early September and will completely move to the new airport the night before its opening on September 28, according to the company's top management. (Source: Farang Pai Nai)


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Many more yellow shirts needed

Posted by hasekamp on 10 June 2006 at 13:16 PM
As you may have seen, most people attending the celebrations around the 60-year jubilee of His Majesty's ascention of the throne are wearing yellow T-shirts. Even the TV predsentators and news readers are wearing them. At the moment they are completely sold out.
In an effort to curb price hikes in yellow T-shirts which have turned into Thailand's fashion statement of the year to commemorate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's rule, the government announced on Saturday that it will distribute 300,000 to 500,000 of the popular item next week. The commerce ministry has commissioned more than 100 factories nationwide to produce up to 500,000 yellow T-shirts which the ministry will distribute to retail outlets next week so people no longer have to pay inflated prices for the commemorative, said deputy commerce minister Preecha Laohapongchana. Yellow T-shirts and polo shirts have reportedly tripled in price in recent weeks as Thais snapped up stock to flaunt their love for the King, who on Friday marked his 60th year on the Thai throne, making him the world's longest reigning monarch. On Friday more than half a million Thais, the vast majority of them decked out in yellow shirts, gathered at the royal Plaza in Bangkok outside the Ananda Throne Hall to catch a glimpse of the king as he gave a rare public audience. Yellow is deemed the king's colour because he was born on December 5, 1927, a Monday. According to Thai belief yellow is the colour associated with Monday. Yellow T-shirts are not the only king's commemorative that have been selling like hotcakes. On Friday some 300,000 specially printed 60 baht (1.50 dollar) banknotes, also yellow, were sold out at government outlets nationwide the first batch of 2,000 commemorative stamps were snapped up post-haste. (Source: The Bangkok Post))


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The King speaks. The country listens

Posted by hasekamp on 10 June 2006 at 13:08 PM
There was weeping, cheering and silent reverence as hundreds of thousands of people converged to hear His Majesty the King speak on the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne. The monarch seemed as moved by the massive congregation - which turned the Royal Plaza and the length of Ratchadamnoen avenue into a sea of yellow - as his loyal subjects who had come together from all over the country.
The King thanked the organisers of the celebration and well-wishers, saying their spirit of kindness had lifted his inner strength. Speaking at about midday, he stressed the importance to the country of unity, compassion and moral integrity. "Everyone should think and act with honesty while staying true to the rules and respecting equality," he said. Hoisting yellow flags bearing the royal insignia, people from all walks of life sent up a deafening roar when the King appeared on the balcony of the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall. When he retreated with a wave after the short address, the crowd bade farewell to him with repeated chants of "Long Live the King".
Before the King spoke, there were eulogies from His Royal Highness Crown Prince Maha Vajiralongkorn, caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, outgoing Senate Speaker Suchon Chaleekrua and Supreme Court president Charnchai Likhitjittha. HRH the Crown Prince said the King had kept all his promises and pulled the country through times of crisis "with righteousness, courage, and fortitude". Mr Thaksin extolled His Majesty the King as "the source of national encouragement and strength who had helped the country move forward with self-sufficiency, moderation and mindfulness". Mr Suchon hailed His Majesty's "gift of a path of democracy that is righteous and sustainable". Mr Charnchai noted the King's "attention to the virtues of the law as the rule of justice in the country".
Many people had waited at the Royal Plaza since late on Thursday night to ensure that they could have their place at the front of the crowd. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Speech by His Majesty the King

Posted by hasekamp on 10 June 2006 at 13:01 PM
His Majesty the King's speech delivered at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall yesterday , on the exact 60-years jubilee day of his ascending the Thai throne (unabridged):
"I'm very delighted to be in the midst of this great congregation of individuals from all institutions of the country and the public at large. I thank you for your complimentary wishes and the grand celebrations which everyone has put in the effort to arrange especially for me. The government has organised today's event in a way definitive of an orderly and elaborate affair, characterising the collective hospitality of the Thai people, expressed throughout the land and by all of you here before me. This is truly overwhelming given the depth of the display of sincere goodwill you have carried with you. I thank you all.
The spirit, full of kind intentions and solidarity that is common among each one of us, has lifted my inner strength. It is uplifting also to think of the moral integrity which is the basis of love and unity binding us Thais together as we preserve the nation and help it prosper.
But firstly, we should be compassionate to each other in our thoughts, speech and actions in order to achieve progress. Secondly, we must come to the aid of each other and work for the mutual well-being of ourselves, others and of the nation as a whole. Thirdly, everyone should think and act with honesty while staying true to the rules and respecting equality. Fourthly, as everyone strives to ensure their thoughts and views conform to righteousness and remain steadfast to reason, their minds and conduct must be in tandem with virtuous resolve. If this is achieved, there can be no doubt Thailand will stand proud and tall forever. I urge everyone in this congregation and Thais from all walks of life to cherish and firmly uphold righteousness and moral integrity. This dedication to moral security should be undertaken without interruption, so the country can live on with happiness, now and in the future.
May the sacred Phra Sri Radhanatrai (Buddhism's Triple Gems) and the forces of the highest reverence protect our country from danger and bless all Thais with joy, happiness and prosperity." (Source: The Bangkok Post)
Long Live His Majesty the King!


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Tribute to HM the King

Posted by hasekamp on 9 June 2006 at 12:44 PM
Today is the day on which it is 60 years ago that His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej ascended the Thai throne. The Thai press writes many tributes to him today, of which we give the following (edited) example:
"The Pillar of Stability. The Father of a Nation. The Guiding Light. His Majesty the King is all of this to the Thai people. And much more.
Foreigners often express astonishment at our deep love for the King. That astonishment quickly fades, however, once they learn of the King's longstanding dedication to the Thai people, particularly to the majority who are poor.
Over the past six decades, the King has spent most of each year in the rugged countryside. He has visited villagers in every nook and cranny to listen to their problems, to ask them what they need to ease their difficulties, and to empower them by providing what it takes to help them become self-reliant in the long run. The King also has used his passion for science to offer his country several cost-effective technologies to deal with the problems of drought, flash floods, water pollution, soil erosion, energy shortages and public health. Thanks to modern communication technologies, the King still closely monitors the situations of his people with deep concern so they get fitting help in their time of need.
Thailand is now a different country from what it was 60 years ago. From a sleepy agrarian society governed by traditional values on what was right and wrong, it is now an urbanised, consumer society where money talks loudest. From a society where group norms kept people's behaviour in check, it is now a jungle of individualistic pursuits for material gain and sensory pleasure. When it is fashionable for the rich and powerful to flaunt their wealth, our heart warms to know that our King uses locally made, simple sneakers, never throws away half-used pencils, eats brown rice despite its stigma as food for prisoners, and adopts street dogs as his pets. When sensory pursuits are the country's main obsession, it is good to know that our King is a serious meditator.
In His Majesty the King, we see the beauty of simplicity. We see courage. Indiscriminate giving. Compassion. Perseverance. And spirituality.
More than a monarch, His Majesty is the one person who in times of darkness and despair rekindles our belief in humanity - and in ourselves. This is why we love and revere our King so much."
Long Live His Majesty the King!


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Warning from THAI: Heavy traffic

Posted by hasekamp on 8 June 2006 at 15:44 PM
Thai Airways International (THAI) yesterday urged passengers on flights from tomorrow until June 15 to make a careful assessment of how celebrations of the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne will affect traffic on routes to Bangkok International Airport. In a statement yesterday, THAI recommended that passengers leave their residences approximately four hours prior to flight departure. As some roads will be closed during the national holidays celebrating His Majesty's anniversary, passengers are advised to plan accordingly, especially from June 11-14, the airline said. Passengers who need more information on traffic conditions can call (02) 545 3181-9, THAI said. (Source: The Nation)


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Hands re-attached

Posted by hasekamp on 8 June 2006 at 15:41 PM
Prince of Songkhla Hospital surgeons have re-attached a man's two hands after they were cut off by a jealous neighbour. It was the first such operation in Thailand. Hospital director Sumet Peerawut said yesterday that Suchol Pengsud, 67, was transferred to Prince of Songkhla from Maharaj Hospital in Nakhon Si Thammarat around midnight on June 1. Doctors found Suchol's hands had been well preserved, having been placed in a freezer container. They were in good condition although nearly nine hours had passed since they were severed about 4.30pm that day. Wife Thaworn, 60, said her husband raised both his hands to protect himself from a jealous neighbour, who struck him with a sickle because he thought her husband was having an affair with his wife, The blow severed both hands. Dr Sumet said the proper preservation of Mr Suchol's hands attributed greatly to the surgery's success. Muscle tissue could usually last only about six hours without blood circulation. The complicated operation took eight hours, Dr Sumet said. Mr Suchol could now move the fingers of both hands and should be released from hospital next week. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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European patent issued to HM the King

Posted by hasekamp on 7 June 2006 at 14:02 PM
The European Patent Office (EPO) has issued a patent in weather modification by rainmaking technology to HM the King Bhumibol Adulyadej, the world's longestreigning monarch. His Majesty is the world's first and only holder of a patent in rainmaking. The patent, issued by the EPO on October 12 last year, has been officially recognised in 30 countries including Austria, France, Switzerland, the UK and Germany. Prof Anont Boonyarattanavej, secretary general of the Thailand Research Fund (TRF), said his office has requested an Royal audience during which it would present the patent to His Majesty. According to Anont, TRF has processed the applications for the patents in foreign countries for the King since the Royal Household Bureau informed it of His Majesty's wish. "We have been processing the application in the United States," Anont added. In Thailand, the Intellectual Property Department issued the patent in rainmaking technology for His Majesty on June 2, 2003. The number of the patent is EP1491088. (Source: The Nation)


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Quality mark for Thai silk

Posted by hasekamp on 7 June 2006 at 13:58 PM
The Agriculture Ministry will use a peacock emblem bestowed by Her Majesty the Queen to authenticate Thai silk and protect the reputation of the fine cloth from imitation fabrics. The Queen has spent years trying to preserve traditional methods of weaving silk that are considered part of the national heritage, caretaker Agriculture Minister Sudarat Keyuraphan said. The quality of Thai silk had not previously been certified officially. This lack of standardisation had made it hard to maintain quality. The peacock emblem would be a guarantee of quality, make Thai silk more competitive globally and protect silk farmers from exploitation. The oval peacock emblem will be in four colours indicating quality _ gold (premium, traditional methods), silver (classic Thai, specific silkworm breeds), blue (Thai silk, allows chemical dyes) and green (blends with other fabrics). (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Celebrations and prayers for 60-year reign

Posted by hasekamp on 5 June 2006 at 11:08 AM
Never in the history of Thailand has a king reigned for more than 60 years. King Chulalongkorn reigned for 42 years between 1868 and 1910, during which time he embarked on radical institutional reforms that laid the foundations of the modernisation of what was then known as Siam. King Bhumibol Adulyadej will celebrate the 60th anniversary of his accession to the throne on this Friday (June 9 2006). Historically, this is quite remarkable, not only for Thailand, but for King Bhumibol is also the world's longest-reigning monarch. In royal tradition, a grand celebration took place every 25 years, starting with the Silver Jubilee. This is followed by golden and diamond jubilees. His Majesty the King celebrated the Silver Jubilee of his accession to the throne in 1973 and the Golden Jubilee in 1996. Both Queen Elizabeth II of England and the late Prince Rainier of Monaco have also celebrated golden jubilees. HM the King has agreed to allow celebrations to be held in his honour on Friday as requested by the Royal Thai Government. These celebrations have been titled "The 60th Anniversary Celebrations of His Majesty the King's Accession to the Throne". Kings, queens and royal re-presentatives from 29 countries have been invited to participate in the celebrations, which will take place between Thursday and Tuesday, and will include traditional religious and royal ceremonies. One of the highlights will be the Royal Barge Procession, which will showcase the country's rich cultural heritage. The celebrations will begin on Thursday with a religious ceremony paying homage to the King's ancestors of the Chakri dynasty. The ceremony will be held in the extended part of the Chakri Throne Hall within the Grand Palace. Their Majesties the King and Queen will take part in this event by lighting candles and joss-sticks and worshipping Buddha images and the remains of their ancestors.
The King will present decorated fans used in religious ceremonies to a hierarchy of 26 monks. The monks will then chant a Buddhist prayer. The King and Queen will light the candles and joss-sticks and worship again. After prayer, Their Majesties will offer the basic necessities and saffron robes to the monks before ending the ceremony. A grander ceremony is reserved for Friday, the day the King acceded to the throne 60 years ago in 1946. Court officials are preparing a religious ceremony to pay homage to the great Siamese kings of the past who founded their kingdoms. The Siamese kings to be honoured are Phokhunsri Indhrathit of Sukhothai, Somdej Phrachao U-thong of Ayutthaya, King Taksin the Great of Thonburi and King Yodfa of Bangkok. This grand event will take place at the Chakri Throne Hall. Their Majesties will then proceed to the Sala Thai behind the throne hall to light candles and joss-sticks to pay homage to these Siamese kings. The chief Brahmin priest will conduct the worship, after which a court astrologer will bang a gong. Another Brahmin priest will make a sound by blowing into a large conch shell, after which an orchestra will perform. Their Majesties will then offer the basic necessities to the senior monks. Later, Their Majesties will grant an audience to the members of the Royal Family, members of the Privy Council, and other descendants of the Chakri Dynasty in the throne hall. On Saturday, the King and Queen will proceed again to the Chakri Throne Hall, where a ceremony will be held to honour the most senior monks. Ten monks will offer a prayer of blessing. A total of 64 monks will be promoted to higher ranks. Then 99 monks will offer a prayer of blessing to the King. On Monday, Their Majesties will proceed to the Ananda Samakhom Throne Hall to greet the kings, queens and royal representatives invited from 26 countries. The diplomats and representatives of international agencies will also be present. In the evening, Their Majesties and their guests will proceed to the Royal Navy Conference Hall to watch the Royal Barge Procession. The celebrations will end on Tuesday when Their Majesties attend a gala dinner with the kings, queens and royal representatives from the 26 countries at the Chakri Throne Hall. (Source: The Nation)


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Thaksin starts a new war

Posted by hasekamp on 5 June 2006 at 11:01 AM
Caretaker Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has instructed authorities to clear away gangsters and influential people after a former member of Thai Rak Thai party was shot dead. He said that during the past, the government has been successful in wiping out the gunmen until former Thai Rak Thai Party MP Kobkul Nopamornbodee has been murdered. Mr. Thaksin said the government will have to speed up eradicating gunmen and influencial people. He added that related agencies have been assigned to control the storage of weapons but it did not succeed as there had been changes in the post of commanders which has caused discontinuity in the work. (Source: Public Relations Department)


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Betting on the World Soccer Cup

Posted by hasekamp on 5 June 2006 at 10:57 AM
About 3.6 million Thais are likely to bet on the World Cup soccer tournament which kicks off in Germany on Friday, an Abac opinion survey has concluded. The pollsters also predict that about 20 million Thais in the 13-60 years age group will stay glued to the television during the month-long competition. The pollsters estimate wagers totalling 14 billion baht will be placed during the tournament. About 54% of respondents said they were forced to sell or pawn belongings to settle previous gambling debts. And 30% admitted they have been involved in fights with bookmakers or other gamblers. gambling is a (dangerous) hobby of many Thais. Look, for example, at the many National Lottery sellers. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Elephant welfare

Posted by hasekamp on 4 June 2006 at 14:00 PM
A Kanchanaburi Conservation Group yesterday vowed to oppose the Zoological Park Organisation (ZPO)'s plan to export eight elephants to an Australian zoo, accusing officials of breaching wildlife-protection laws as the group suspects some of the elephants were captured in the wild. Pinan Chotiroseranee, chairwoman of the group, said the elephants had been transported by trucks to Bangkok airport yesterday from Mahidol University's animal hospital in Kanchanaburi. She suspected they would be flown to Australia today. "We urged the authorities to test the DNA of the elephants so see if they had been taken from the wild, but we had no response." Pinan said wild elephants were protected and to export them was against the law and the group planned to do anything to block the flight. She did not reveal the group's plans. (Source: The Nation)


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Water shortage expected

Posted by hasekamp on 4 June 2006 at 13:57 PM
Residents of Bangkok and nearby provinces can expect shortages of tap water in the next week as water sources have been muddied by flood-triggered landslides in the lower North, the Metropolitan Waterworks Authority (MWA) warned yesterday. The MWA's deputy governor, said small particulate matter has surged to 2,000 nephelometric turbidity units (NTU). An NTU is a measure of water turbidity taken by passing light through a sample and measuring the amount of the light that is deflected. Such a high level of particles in water is unusual. Such level of turbidity has not been recorded in the city's water sources for 40 years. The MWA was forced to cut production of tap water on Friday, reducing water supplies by more than 50%, from 4.8 million cubic metres per day to two million cubic metres. As a result, the city of Bangkok, Samut Prakan and other urban areas nearby will face temporary water shortages or low supplies of water. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Royal barges dress rehearsal

Posted by hasekamp on 3 June 2006 at 12:37 PM
Thousands of spectators lined the banks of the Chao Phraya river yesterday for the first dress rehearsal of the Grand Royal Barge Procession, which is to be held on June 12 to celebrate the 60th anniversary of His Majesty the King's accession to the throne. The actual procession on June 12 will be viewed by Their Majesties the King and Queen and royal guests (the monarchs and heads of state from 26 nations) at the Royal Navy Institute (Ratchanavik Sapha), situated by the Chao Phraya.
If you are in or near Bangkok on this day, do not misas this once-in-a-lifetime experience! Go and watch it at Wat Rakhang or another Wat along the Chao Phraya River.
The authorities held a full rehearsal to make sure that the event will be on schedule and that no mistakes will be made. The procession started at about 4.30pm from the Wasukri Pier near the National Library to the Memorial Bridge. A total of 2,082 oarsmen rowed the 52 traditional-style barges, four of them major royal barges. By 5.30 pm., the procession had arrived at the Royal Navy Institute as scheduled, with the 45-minute boat song describing His Majesty's contributions to the country, the beauty of the barge procession and the beauty of Thailand. (Source: The Bangkok Post)


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Emotional exhibition for King

Posted by hasekamp on 1 June 2006 at 17:27 PM
Many visitors to the Grand Exhibition of the King, marking the 60th anniversary of His Majesty's accession to the throne, can hardly hold back their tears of delight. Each story, each picture and each of His Majesty's projects deeply touch their hearts and stir their memories and their imagination. It is a very special, almost indescribable feeling; a mixture of love, respect, reverence, appreciation, awe and worship. In the exhibition hall, elders can be seen standing motionless, their eyes fixed on pictures of the King when he was young. Groups of students, led by their teachers, sit on the floor in front of boards showing the history of the Chakri Dynasty and take notes. Many couples draw close to one another to watch a short film of the King's wedding ceremony. All of these things are displayed in the 60,000-square-metre Royal Biography section. His Majesty's life story, from birth, through his wedding and coronation, is told in pictures. Visitors can also see several of His Majesty's exceptional talents on display: painting, photography, music, sports, craftsmanship and literature. Another attractive part of the exhibition is a wall of photographs sent by people from all over the country who have, at some time or another, had a chance to be close to His Majesty. Their short captions, explaining their feelings in those brief moments, bring many a tear to the eyes of visitors. The biography section, which may require half a day to see it all, ends with the special zone where people can express their love, and pay homage to the King. All projects feature hi-tech presentations. There is a hall filled with a life-sized forest and a three-dimensional display about the royal artificial rain project. More than 750,000 people visited the exhibition in its first three days - a record for an exhibition in Thailand. (Source: The Nation)


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Thailand goes for bird flu vaccine alone

Posted by hasekamp on 1 June 2006 at 17:22 PM
Thailand will conduct its own bird-flu vaccine trial as talks with Japan on a joint project have recently broken down, the Public Health Ministry said yesterday. One sticking point was Japan's inability to guarantee supplies of the vaccine for Thailand if a pandemic breaks out, said Dr Phaijit Warachit, director-general of the Medical Sciences Department. Researchers in Thailand would use either the H5N1 virus' genetic information disseminated by the World Health Organisation or cultivate the virus from samples taken from real human cases of bird flu. Siriraj Hospital and the National Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (Biotec) are working together in developing an avian-flu vaccine prototype, but the preliminary tests have proven unsatisfactory so far, he said. This could present an opportunity for the private sector to produce the prototype vaccine for use in the country's clinical trial, he said. A significant problem facing the project was the lack of success by scientists in reproducing the H5N1 virus in their tissue cultures. Given the capacity of the project, up to 10 years would be needed to complete the trial. (Source: The Nation)


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