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 Wednesday, June 22 2005 @ 09:48 PM EDT

Plastic bags are made from Oil

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General NewsThailand is trying to slow down on oil consumption, what of course is a good thing; it is only surprising to see that plastic consuming is still on the rise. Especially plastic bags at the supermarkets, it is easy to get 25 or more plastic bags at a Thai supermarket.

You will probably be surprised to know that a plastic bottle is made from the same petrochemical as the fiber we call polyester!


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International Sanskrit conference opens in Bangkok tomorrow

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General NewsA three day international Sanskrit conference will be organized here to discuss the role of the ancient Indian language in shaping the cultural, social and scientific landscape in a large part of Asia.

The conference 'Sanskrit in Asia: Unity in Diversity', will be organized by the Studies Centre of Bangkok of Silpakorn University from June 23 to 25.

Thailand’s Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn will inaugurate the event in which scholars from all around the world are expected to participate.

The first academic presentation will be made by former Indian Human Resource Development Minister Dr Murli Manohar Joshi as a guest speaker who will talk on 'Sanskrit and Science'.


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Thailand may limit electric use

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General NewsThailand may issue rules to curb consumption of gasoline, electricity and other energy sources by businesses and individuals, Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra has said.

New rules will probably be needed in the next three months should businesses and the public fail to join in the government's effort to lower energy use, Thaksin told reporters on Friday.

The Thai economy is facing its slowest growth in four years after rising crude oil costs spurred inflation, dampened consumption and increased the trade deficit. Gross domestic product contracted for the first time in four years in the first quarter amid drought and high fuel prices.


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Dugongs and Irrawaddy dolphins to pull in tourists

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General NewsProvincial officials in Surat Thani are eyeing up Phum Riang Bay as the province’s latest tourist attraction, hoping to pull in tourists eager to catch sight of rare dugongs and dolphins.

But conservationists have warned that the continued use of dragnets by local fishermen could have a devastating impact on the two species.

The presence of four different types of seaweed in Phum Riang Bay, an area in Chaiya district, means that it is an ideal place for spotting the dugongs which come to feed there. The area is also home to over 100 dolphins, including the extremely rare Irrawaddy dolphin.


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Banyan Tree Resort Phuket

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Tourist destinationsAs the flagship resort of Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts, Banyan Tree Phuket stands out among its peers. Ideally located at Bang Tao Bay on the north-western coast of Phuket Island in Southern Thailand, it is a mere 20-minute leisurely drive from Phuket International Airport.

This award-winning resort offers 115 luxuriously appointed villas surrounded by lush tropical gardens and Asian water courts. Guests can choose to stay in the Lagoon Pool Villa, Pool Villa, Lagoon Jacuzzi Villa or Jacuzzi Villa. The Two Bedroom Pool Villa is ideal for entertaining with two exquisitely furnished bedrooms, a living and dining lounge, and a kitchenette. For those seeking a truly hedonistic experience, the exclusive Spa Pool Villas offer the quintessential elements of romance and rejuvenation.


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China May Import One Third of Thai Longan Production

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General NewsA senior Thai official says China may become one of Thailand's largest importers of fruits this year with possible plans to purchase up to 200,000 tons of Thai longans. The order would account for about one third of Thailand's total longan produce of 600,000 tons this year.

Pairote Suwanachawee, Chairman of the House of Representatives' Agriculture Commission, said Friday that Chinese importers have expressed their interest in purchasing a large amount of Thai longans.


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Thai royal family hold celebration for newborn Prince

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General NewsA Royal ceremony has been organized by the Thai Royal Family to celebrate the Month and Getting into the Cradle for the newborn Prince.

Their Majesties the King and Queen presided over the auspicious ceremony at the Ananta Samakhom Throne Hall here Friday afternoon, the Thai News Agency reported today.

During the ceremony, marking a welcoming for the newborn Prince's good spirit, His Majesty the King poured sacred water on the newborn Prince, cutting his hair with a pair of scissors and anointing him.


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Thai players part of mega Everton Chang sponsor deal

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General NewsEverton have secured the most lucrative sponsorship deal in the club's history after agreeing a three-year extension to their initial 12-month contract with Asia drinks (beer) giant Chang.

As part of the package, announced on Friday, three young Thailand players will join the academy set-up next season.


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Seagate to boost Thai hard disk drive exports

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TechnologySeagate Technology, the world’s biggest disk drive maker, plans to boost shipments from its Thai plants on rising demand for storage devices in digital music players, automobiles and mobile phones.

Seagate will increase disk-drive shipments from its two plants in Thailand to 35 percent of its total sales by the middle of next year, James Chirico, head of Asia operations, told a press conference in Bangkok yesterday. Seagate, which is owned by California-based Veritas Software, sold 25 million hard disk drives in the first quarter, of which 20 percent were from Thai plants, he said.


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New Mitsubishi Triton pickup truck

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General NewsMitsubishi Motors Thailand have found their way into circulation. The new L200 — likely to be called the Triton when it replaces the L200 Strada in August — has completely new face and profile.

There will be two main engine options including a common-rail fuel-injection turbocharged diesel. Displacements are 2.5- and 3.2-liter as the new L200 goes up against the Isuzu D-Max, Toyota Hilux Vigo and Chevrolet Colorado.


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