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Railway families given deadline

Nearly 100 families affected by a railway land dispute have been given a 30-day ultimatum to accept compensation or lose it. The demand came from an inter-ministerial committee set up to resolve the cases of three  families in Banteay Meanchey province and 94 families in ...

Power in South stable without Krabi plant: academics

Academics said on February 28 that the southern region would still have stable power generation in the near future even without the proposed Krabi coal-fired power plant, although Thailand would have to invest in some form of new power generation in the long term. Meanwhile, the Office ...

Anti-coal group issues deadline to halt EHIA

Authorities have until Monday to withdraw the environmental and health impact assessment studies for the controversial Krabi power plant project or brace for a major protest, a group opposing the project warns. Prasitthichai Nunual, key coordinator of Save the Andaman from Coal network, said the ...

Govt gives in to protesters’ demands to order new study of Krabi coal-fired plant

The government has accepted demands from protesters and ordered that the Environmental and Health Impact Assessment of the Krabi coal-fired power plant be restarted from the beginning. The move has concerned officials at the Electricity Generating Authority of Thailand, who voiced fears that the delay ...

Co-ops seek lucky draw for solar power grid plan

Agriculture cooperatives nationwide will submit a petition to Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha Tuesday asking the government to use a lucky draw to select solar farm projects which will supply electricity to the national power grid, instead of bidding as proposed. Patipol Keturatanang, chairman of Na Bon Agricultural ...

THAI staff demand S44 graft probe

A group of THAI Airways International employees have called on Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to exercise his power under Section 44 to probe the national carrier’s procurement contracts to see if any were tainted by graft. About 200 members of the so-called THAI Employees Fighting ...

Mekong projects must take impact on environment into account

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha may have been wrong when he said his government would clear the waterway for navigation in the Mekong River for the benefit of Thailand, suggesting that nobody should oppose this project. The Mekong runs through six countries in the region and ...

The soul of the Mekong is in trouble

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha last week asked reporters why non-governmental organisations, environmental activists and academics continue to protest against the planned blasting of rapids in the Mekong River. He said many of these protesters are outsiders, meaning people who do not live by the riverside, do ...

Charter writers oppose press 'reform' attempt

A controversial bill to regulate the media industry proposed by the National Reform Steering Assembly media reform panel could breach the new constitution which supports media self-regulation and independence from state control, a Constitution Drafting Committee member says. Chartchai Na Chiangmai, who is also a CDC ...

Prayut orders complete surveys of flood damage

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has instructed authorities to conduct comprehensive surveys of the southern flood damage so that effective rehabilitation measures can be taken. “The prime minister has issued the order out of concern for the flood victims,” Chatchai Promlert, director-general of the Disaster Prevention ...

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