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State units 'spent Bt8 bn on ads' in 2013

State units 'spent Bt8 bn on ads' in 2013

Govt-run TV channels took 50% of total

New laws needed on govt PR spending

Experts have called for transparency in government advertising and public relations spending, and urged new legislation to ensure..

Berli inks direct-sales deal for cosmetics, eyes e-commerce

Berli Jucker is moving into direct sales and e-commerce, expecting better margins than it would gain from only selling its..

Banks set to cash in after negative income tax

Farmer discounts in place ; 2 populist measures expected to ease debt burdens, NPLs

Foreign business approvals jump 11% in 9 months to 313

The Commerce Ministry's Business Development Department has given approval to 313 foreign firms to set up operations in Thailand..


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investment & finance

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New type of bond may help extended rice subsidy debt payment

Deputy Prime Minister Pridiyathorn Devakula likes the idea of stretching out repayment of the Bt700-billion rice-pledging debt, possibly through issuing a revolutionary type of savings bond, to free..

property

home-builder says

Prefabricated homes: A solution to labour shortage

The construction sector is generally known to have suffered bouts of labour shortage since one of Thailand's worst floods hit in 2011 and drove workers back to their home towns.

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property scene

Bangkok 'not ready' for super-tall skyscrapers

There has been a rapid development of super-tall buildings in Asia in the past 10 years after the economic boom in China and other key markets. The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat defines..