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  • July 31, 2014

    Rail mega-project could provide the economy much-needed stimulus

    ... to be constructed in the remaining phases. The commuter trains should also be concerned about electricity supply. Samart Ratchapolsitte, a former Democrat Party-list MP who is keen on the transportation, said the two high-speed train projects were too expensive at Bt532.66 million per kilometre. Soithip Traisuth...

  • July 28, 2014

    Party-list seen as a tool for reform

    THREE PROMINENT Bangkok academics have proposed a reformed Parliament based in part on increasing the number of party-list members. Chaiyan Chaiyaporn, a lecturer in political science at Chulalongkorn University, Attasit Pankaew, a lecturer in political science at Thammasat University and Satithorn Thananithichote...

  • July 27, 2014

    Backers mark Thaksin's birthday

    Singthong Buachum, a legal adviser to Pheu Thai Party, said that Thaksin's admirers and red shirts who work at the department store held a merit-making ceremony and put up a big picture of Thaksin and former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra to celebrate Thaksin's birthday yesterday. But at 1.30pm,...

  • July 24, 2014

    Critics wary of NCPO chief's powers

    Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva said that Provision 44 has provided the NCPO with unprecedented special powers independent of the prime minister and without checks and balances. The NCPO is empowered to issue laws, orders and even overturn court decisions. "Article 17 promulgated in 1959 [by Field Marshal...

  • July 23, 2014

    Reconciliation events kick off

    ... the ceremony. Lt-General Kampanart Ruddit, director of the Reconciliation for Reform Centre, said the fairs were organised to show that all parties were ready to join together for the sake of national progress. This marks the final period of the NCPO's efforts in its first phase. After this, work...

  • July 22, 2014

    Constructive criticism 'should be permitted'

    Democrat Party leader Abhisit Vejjajiva yesterday called on the junta to allow people with differing views to present constructive criticism of its orders and administration, saying that would propel the country toward true reconciliation and democracy. Although the country is about to enter the second stage...

  • July 22, 2014

    Democrats prohibited from joining NLA, NRC

    Kalaya said Abhisit fears that the party would be accused of having conflicts of interest if Democrats join the two chambers. She said if certain party members want to join the two chambers, they must seek approval from Abhisit and must promise not to contest future elections. The Nation

  • July 18, 2014

    NACC pushes for criminal charges against Yingluck

    ..., he said. The scheme also raised the price of Thai rice higher than that of competitors in the world market, he said. The then opposition Democrat Party filed a complaint to the anti-graft body against Yingluck and many ministers and officials in her government a long time ago. The NACC in May decided...

  • July 17, 2014

    Monk Suthep does his first round with alms bowl

    ... will be staying at the Suan Mokkh forest monastery in the same province. He has yet to reveal when he will leave monkhood. The former Democrat Party secretary general, Suthep led a seven-month campaign to overthrow the elected government of prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra. The PDRC's street...

  • July 17, 2014

    NCPO grabs local admin powers

    The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has made another major move to tighten control on the political base of parties by suspending elections to local administrative bodies and replacing them with appointed representatives. The move is seen as an attempt to curb the influence of political parties...