Myanmar’s wind power attracts Thai and other foreign firms

Firms from Thailand and China are studying the feasibility of wind power in Myanmar, where 70 per cent of the population has no access to electricity, media reports said Sunday. Gunkul Engineering Public Company Ltd of Thailand and China Three Gorges Company agreed to study wind power generation in separate parts of the country, Aung […]

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Mitsubishi Electric to Install Elevators in Thailand’s “Tallest-To-Be Building”

To reach a speed of 480 meters per minute, the country’s fastest Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO:6503) announced today it has secured an order to deliver a total of 38 elevators and escalators to MAHANAKHON, a commercial complex under construction in Bangkok, Thailand. The 314-meter high building will be the country’s tallest, with 77 floors above […]

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Are you pulling my leg? The surprisingly sinister history of some of Britain’s most commonly used phrases

Researchers trawled old newspapers to explore history behind sayings ‘Gone to pot’ refers to once legal punishment of boiling a criminal to death ‘Rule of thumb’ originates from a violent means of solving marital disputes ‘Rule of thumb’: This apparently innocent phrase actually refers to a 19th Century ruling which said a man was entitled […]

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Yangon office space ‘more costly than Manhattan’

Sean Danley has spent the past six months scouting office space in Yangon after being sent to establish the Myanmar branch of his US-based employer. He looked in the city’s three sole 1990s-era towers, where annual rents have climbed to more than US$100 (3,100 baht) a square foot, compared with less than $75 in downtown […]

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Construction contractors to be charged for April’s Bicentennial Bridge collapse in Ayuthya

Authorities will summon Design 2009 Company Limited, and other related parties to acknowledge charges for the collapse of the Ratanakosin Bicentennial Bridge in Ayuthya, on April 28. The move followed the finding of evidence that the company used substandard cables and a forged document for the construction of the bridge. According to Assistant Police Commissioner […]

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Bangkok’s Siam Square land ‘overpriced’

A veteran real-estate valuer on Wednesday played down reports that land prices in the Siam Square-Chidlom-Phloenchit area have risen to a record two million baht per square wah, saying the figure was exaggerated. The most expensive land in Thailand is found around Siam Square, Chidlom and Phloenchit. Sopon Pornchokchai, president of the Agency for Real […]

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Bangkok’s wastewater treatment system due for revamp

The Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA) is expediting plans to construct over 100 new septic tanks and cesspools in the capital’s Chatuchak, Bang Sue and Dusit districts in preparation for a new underground wastewater system. The BMA’s Department of Drainage and Sewerage is rerouting the sewage pipe system in areas which include Prachachuen Road and Pracharat […]

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Maybank keeps ‘buy’ on Demco after solar farm contract

Maybank Kim Eng Securities maintained its “buy” rating on shares of Demco Pcl after the electric system construction company signed a 90 MW solar farm contract. Demco and Hydrochina Engineering Corp entered into a contract with EA Solar Nakorn Sawan, a subsidiary of Energy Absolute Pcl , on April 30 to develop a 90 MW […]

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