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Opinion: Travelling at light speed

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

PHUKET: Phuket’s light rail system will be the first of its kind outside of the Greater Bangkok area.

During construction, there will certainly be some bottlenecks as far as traffic is concerned. However, we have already prepared plans to lessen or avoid potential traffic congestion as much as we can.

Some people are concerned about rumors that we will be using existing lanes to build the light rail, causing more traffic than necessary. However, there are no lane closures proposed at all.

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World's biggest waste incineration plant planned in China

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

China’s southern city of Shenzhen is planning to build three waste incineration power plants, including the one which will be the world’s largest in the next three years, the People’s Daily reported on Tuesday. According to Wang Guobin, director of Shenzhen City Urban Administrative and Law Enforcement Bureau, the biggest plant alone can handle one third of Shenzhen’s garbage and will be put into use in 2018. “The projects have got their Environmental Impact Assessment approval and finished the levelling construction. The main body construction will start by the end of this year,” said Wang.

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Kaeng Krachan and the state's charade

Date of Release: 
Mar 16 2016

In his column "From the Prime Minister's Heart" in the government's newsletter, Gen Prayut Chan-o-cha reaffirms his administration's commitment to sustainable development and the sufficiency economy. The gap between words and actions is as wide as an ocean.

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Local resistance fails to halt Myeik coal-fired power plant

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Beside Lut Lut village – 12 miles (19.3 kilometres) from Myeik – Than Phyo Thu Mining Company and Myeik Public Corporation plan to build and operate the plant to distribute electricity around the area.

U Myo Win Than, director of Than Phyo Thu Mining, said the company will spend K48 billion on the project, after signing with the Ministry of Electric Power in 2012 to build the power plant on 160 acres of land.

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NGT issues notice to central Ministry of Environment and Forest over illegal mining at Narmada and Chambal mines

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Bhopal: On illegal sand excavation from 450 sand mines of Narmada and Chambal rivers, National Green Tribunal bench held by Justice Sonam Phintso Wangdi and S S Garbyal on Monday, issued a show cause notice to state government, mining corporation, Madhya Pradesh State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA), pollution control board, and central Ministry of Environment and Forest to give the reason behind ongoing activity without permission, within 15 days.

The PIL in this case was filed by Vinayak Parihar last week, following which the bench decided to question the authorities.

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NLD under pressure to scrap hydropower projects

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Karen Rivers Watch, which has been active in campaigning against the series of more than a dozen dams planned along the river in China and Myanmar, said the projects were in breach of people’s rights and desires.

An NLD official yesterday said the new government would re-examine the projects.

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Grand Unity returns to condos

Date of Release: 
Mar 15 2016

Grand Unity Development Co, a condominium subsidiary of SET-listed Univentures Plc (UV) owned by liquor tycoon Charoen Sirivadhanabhakdi, is set to resume new condo launches with three projects worth a combined 4.2 billion baht.

After launching just one project last year on Vibhavadi Rangsit Road in the Ratchayothin area in April, Grand Unity has stayed on the sidelines as it waits for environmental impact assessment approval for its new project, said president Worawat Srisa-an.

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Sri Lanka officially informs Chinese investors of resuming construction of Colombo Port City Project

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Mar 14, Colombo: The Sri Lankan government on Monday officially informed the Chinese investors of resuming the construction of the multibillion dollar Colombo Port City project, one year after its suspension, China's official Xinhua news agency reported.

The Ministry of Ports and Shipping, in an official letter to the CHEC Port City Colombo (Pvt) Ltd, said that the company could resume the construction of the project immediately.

"At its meeting held on March 9, 2016, the Cabinet of Ministers has granted approval for the project to resume immediately," the letter said.

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Regime's 5-year plan raising suspicions

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Just five years. That is the time required by the National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) to stay in power for the so-called transition period to fulfill its "Big Brother" role after the election, making sure the new elected government will not stray from the reform path crafted by the junta.

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Megaprojects 'will go ahead'

Date of Release: 
Mar 14 2016

Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith has assured investors the ministry's 20 infrastructure projects will go ahead as planned following the military regime's latest order to allow state authorities to "fast-track" mandatory environmental impact assessments (EIAs) for state projects.

Mr Arkhom said he has reassured the participating investors that all 20 megaprojects worth 1.796 trillion baht will be implemented by the government.

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