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21 June, 2006 - Published 14:16 GMT
Bangkok - a city on the move
Thailand's capital, Bangkok, is well known for problems like traffic, floods and very poor housing. But in recent years, new highways and public transport systems have made the city seem better organised and increasingly wealthy. This report from Jonathan Head:
Bangkok is swept up in World Cup fever again, after a week's distraction from the football by celebrations to mark the king's sixtieth year on the throne, and the police are reporting the arrest of more than three hundred people in the city for gambling on the matches - it's illegal in Thailand.
The police say they also want to crack down on children selling garlands of flowers to drivers at traffic lights. The flowers are used to bless Buddha images on the dashboard; the police plan to penalise the children's parents.
And the government’s plan announced today to make the area around Bangkok's new international airport a separate province has angered the city's governor; he's from the main opposition party. The new province would swallow two of Bangkok's districts. The new airport is due to open in September, more than a year late. It aims to compete with aviation hubs like Singapore and Hong Kong. Much of the planning for new infrastructure in Bangkok has been held up by disputes between the city administration and the government.
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on the throne
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