The Bangkok Post

Mekong river rising after heavy rain

The water level in the Mekong river, bordering this northeastern border province with Laos, is rising following heavy rain in the region over the past few days. On Tuesday morning, the level was up by more than 1 metre from Monday, to 5m deep. However, it ...

PATTANAPONG SRIPIACHAI

The struggle for the soul of the Mekong River

In June of this year, the FAO’s annual State of World Fisheries and Aquaculture report ranked the Mekong Basin as the world’s most productive freshwater fishery, accounting for over 15% of global annual freshwater fish catch. Meanwhile, WWF Researchers estimate that the contribution actually accounts ...

BRIAN EYLER, ALAN BASIST, COURTNEY WEATHERBY AND CLAUDE WILLIAMS

Cabinet exodus shakes faith in EEC

The recent resignations of economic tsar Somkid Jatusripitak, the former deputy prime minister, and four economic ministers including former Finance Minister Uttama Savanayana, have ignited concerns about planned big-ticket infrastructure development projects such as the government’s flagship Eastern Economic Corridor (EEC). The Bangkok Post sat down for an ...

CHATRUDEE THEPARAT

BCPG eager to build Asean's largest wind farm in Laos

SET-listed BCPG Plc, a renewable energy arm of Bangchak Corporation Plc, plans to build Asean’s largest wind farm in Laos to generate revenue from rising demand for electricity. The company announced it will spend US$ 840 million, around 26.8 billion baht, developing the facility, with a ...

YUTHANA PRAIWAN

Win-win solution for forests, people

The forests are rapidly dwindling. But the people living in forest areas need to live off the land. Supporting them to practise sustainable or green farming saves both the forests and the locals’ livelihoods. Why then is this win-win solution only applied to some local ...

KANNIKA THAMPANISHVONG & NATTHAPORN BUTPHO

E-government rank takes big jump forward

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is delighted with the improvement in Thailand’s rankings on the United Nations’ E-Government Development Index (EGDI), which went up to 57th this year from 73rd in 2018, government spokeswoman Narumon Pinyosinwat said on Sunday. The index ranks countries based on their governments’ ...

Post Reporter

B1.4bn loan for Myanmar power grids

A concessional loan worth 1.45 billion baht to help Myanmar improve its electricity system has been approved by the government, according to an official. Rachada Dhnadirek, deputy government spokeswoman, on Tuesday said the loan is part of an initiative to strengthen ties with neighbouring countries. The Neighbouring ...

MONGKOL BANGPRAPA

Push for total Thai ban on wildlife trade

Activists campaigning against wildlife crime say Thailand could be a global leader in stopping pandemics by further cracking down on and ceasing to be a gateway for the illegal wildlife trade. They believe this would help stop animal-to-human disease transmission. They said scientific information has shown that ...

APINYA WIPATAYOTIN

Activist group renews SEZ fight in South

The Chana Rak Thin Network has renewed its call for the government to scrap a plan to develop a special economic zone (SEZ) in Songkhla’s Chana district ahead of a zoning meeting concerning the proposed project. Activist Kaireya Ramanyah, known as “daughter of the sea”, renewed ...

THANA BOONLERT

Construction of Vientiane station for Laos-China rail link begins

Laos has started building a railway station in Vientiane to service rail links with China slated to being operating next year. Laos and China hosted a groundbreaking ceremony for the project in the Lao capital on Friday, the Vientiane Times reported. The station is a main hub for the ...

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