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Thailand Live Wednesday 16 March 2011

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Forest Dep to dig canals to border forests

BANGKOK (NNT) -- The Royal Forest Department is preparing to hire local people to dig canals that will demarcate forests from community areas in an effort to ease disputes on forest encroachment.

According to Director-General Suwit Rattanamanee, the department will dig canals along forest borderline. Each will be four meters wide, two meters deep and 50 meters long. About 300 kilometers of such canals will be dug annually with a nationwide target of 90,000 kilometers in total.

The canals will serve not only as demarcation lines for preserved forests but also as ‘Monkey Cheek’ zones to hold flood waters and as sources of food for communities and wildlife alike.

Apart from canal digging, the Royal Forest Department will also employ local people, two persons from each family, to plant more trees and take care of forests in their communities with a monthly salary of 5,000 baht per head. A total of 30 people will be hired in each village.

The project will be piloted in 10 villages with forest encroachment such as those in the northern provinces of Chiang Mai and Chiang Rai. If successful, the project will be implemented nationwide. At present, forests cover 33 percent of the country’s area.

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Govt to Speed Up Evaduation of Thais in Japan

The prime minster plans to meet the foreign minister to discuss how to evacuate Thais from quake-stricken areas in Japan while the government is waiting for details from its Japanese counterpart about the explosion at a second nuclear power plant.

Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva commented on the aid efforts for Thais in Japan after the earthquake and tsunami, stating that he must talk to Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya about the details, but Thai students in Japan seeking to return to Thailand should not meet any obstacle as the Thai and Japanese governments are coordinating the relief efforts.

Regarding the report of an explosion at a second nuclear plant in Japan, the premier said that he is waiting for the Japanese government to sort out the risks and any evacuation effort must follow the Japanese protocol.

He added evacuees must be scanned for radiation and imported products from Japan must be tested for radiation levels and see in which part of the country the products were made.

Abhisit also said that the nuclear incident has affected the economy and Japan must take some time to recover from the catastrophe.

Nonetheless, Japanese companies based in Thailand have been affected and the situation must be closely monitored.

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-- Tan Network 2011-03-16

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House Speaker Declines Thai MPs' Offer For Bt3,000 Salary Deduction To Help Japan

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CHINA DAILY ASIA WEEKLY

Formal kick-off for 'China Daily' supplement

By THE NATION

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China Daily, China's English-language national newspaper, will today formally inaugurate China Daily Asia Weekly, the Friday supplement of The Nation.

Science Minister Virachai Virameteekul, who is in charge of Chinese affairs for the government, and Chinese Ambassador Guan Mu will preside over the by-invitation event, with more than 150 government, business and media dignitaries expected to attend.

The launch ceremony will be preceded by the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable on "China's 12th Five-Year Plan and its Partnership with Asean".

This topic cannot be more timely, as the 12th Five-Year Plan was repeatedly stressed at the National People's Congress that concluded two days ago, Zhou Li, editor-in-chief of China Daily Asia and chairman of the China Daily Asia Leadership Roundtable, said yesterday.

Panellists include Suthad Setboonsarng, Thailand trade representative; Yushu Feng, senior economist at the Asian Development Bank; Swarup Roy, founder and chairman of AseanAffairs magazine; Andrew Wong, president of the Thai-Hong Kong Trade Association; Tanapot Parksuwan, director of global banking at HSBC; Pipit Aneaknithi, executive vice president of Kasikornbank; and Yao Ming, marketing director at ZTE (Thailand).

China Daily Asia Weekly, a 24-page pullout on China and elsewhere in Asia, is distributed in Hong Kong, Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore, with plans to expand to Malaysia, India and Australia by midyear.

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-- The Nation 2011-03-16

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DSI claims reds violated bail

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The Department of Special Investigation will submit a request to the Criminal Court to revoke the bail of seven red-shirt leaders after they allegedly violated their bail conditions at a rally on Saturday, the DSI said yesterday.

The seven made statements on stage calling for unrest or provocative acts that could lead to violation of the law, breaking a precondition set by the court, said DSI director-general Tarit Pengdith.

The seven people are Nattawut Saikua, Dr Weng Tojirakarn, Kokaew Pikulthong, Nisit Sinthuphrai, Kwanchai Phraiphana, Viphuthalaeng Patanabhumithai and Yosvaris Chuklom.

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-- The Nation 2011-03-16

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