Registered in Ireland: Authorities in the Thai capital Bangkok are handing out face masks and stepping up enforcement of pollution controls. A combination of construction dust, car exhaust and other pollutants lingering over the city due to prevailing weather patterns has taken air quality to unhealthy levels in recent days. A woman wears a protective mask on bus in Bangkok AP. City officials are handing out some 10, face masks, spraying water to help settle dust and tightening controls on when big trucks can use the main streets.
Indonesia plans to move its capital to Borneo island from Jakarta, a crowded, polluted city on the north coast of Java island which is slowly sinking, President Joko Widodo says. He said on Monday it was urgent that relocation plans commence, although the capital would not physically begin to be relocated until The new capital, which does not yet have a name, would be located in Borneo's East Kalimantan province, near the existing Samarinda City and the port city of Balikpapan, important for coal and oil shipments. The price tag includes new government offices and homes for about 1. The president had earlier this month proposed to parliament to move the country's administrative centre to Kalimantan, the Indonesian side of Borneo island, a region known for rainforests, coal mines, orangutans and home to just over 16 million people. Environmentalist groups, however, have expressed fears that building a new capital amid swaths of forests in Borneo could imperil the habitats of endangered wildlife.
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Registered in Ireland: The action by Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva comes a day after anti-government protesters swarmed into a hotel hosting an Asian summit, forcing its cancellation. The protesters, who are seeking Abhisit's resignation, also blocked a major Bangkok motorway for several days last week, disrupting traffic. The decree bans gatherings of more than five people and forbids reporting that is considered threatening to public order. Bands of red-shirted anti-government protesters roamed areas of Bangkok as the emergency decree was announced, with some smashing a car they believed was carrying Vejjajiva, and others attacking motorists who hurled insults at them.