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  • September 2, 2014

    New ministers 'should give up other posts'

    Ruangkrai Leekijwattana, a legal official for the Pheu Thai Party said he suspected members of the Prayuth Cabinet, including PM Prayuth Chan-ocha, have multiple roles and responsibilities that may overlap or conflict with one another. He said although the interim charter allowed Prayuth to continue as...

  • September 1, 2014

    Over 1m in Rakhine left out of census

    More than a million people in Rakhine State refused to take part in the census earlier this year because they were not permitted to call themselves "Rohingya". The census could not be completed in some parts of the western state - in Maungdaw, Sittwe and Myrauk-U townships - because local people classified as...

  • August 31, 2014

    Copy China's graft crackdown: Veera

    ... for promising to seriously fight corruption. He said that to ensure success in reducing the problem of corruption, Prayuth needed to wield total power in the same way as China's President Xi Jinping in the Chinese government's policy against corruption. "President Xi Jinping has dealt with corruption...

  • August 30, 2014

    The guitar hero in the room

    ... looks truly authentic. You even get the iconic Marshall script logo on the front. And, just like on the guitar amp, the brass plate carries the power switch, volume knob and controls for adjusting the bass and treble. (If the volume knob went up to 11 rather than the customary 10, you'd have the classic...

  • August 29, 2014

    Prayuth as PM bears huge burden of expectations

    ... formidable task ahead, Prayuth has reportedly decided to upgrade his advisory team into a body similar to the central politburo of China's Communist Party. This advisory team, working alongside the NCPO, is expected to help the prime minister look into details of all government projects. This begs the...

  • August 25, 2014

    Widodo: I get energy from the people

    ... Jakarta, where he will work until late October when he moves across town to the Presidential Palace. "Energy," he says. "I get energy from the people." Ask him how he got to be where he is, catapulted in less than a decade from being a mayor of a city of barely half a million to president-elect of...

  • August 24, 2014

    Politicians told to end the high life

    ... and Order to ensure that the country did not go back to square one and face the vicious circle of politics before the May 22 coup. Pheu Thai Party deputy secretary-general Chavalit Wichayasuthi called on the political sector to give the security sector a chance and not block its efforts to heal the political...

  • August 23, 2014

    Next era in Thai-China-Asean ties

    ... end of next year, there will be an Asean Community, a political-security, economic, and socio-cultural community of 10 nations and some 620 million people. Half of this population is currently part of the productive workforce. Together, the Asean countries have a combined gross domestic product of some...

  • August 23, 2014

    Martial law to stay

    ... country remain peaceful and having it imposed was unlikely to obstruct the new government in running the country. "Martial law has not affected people's everyday life. And more tourists have come to Thailand. The NCPO will retain martial law for public peace and order," she said. But General Prayuth...

  • August 22, 2014

    Reform path still uncertain as Prayuth hops onto tiger's back

    Ever since he led the military coup on May 22, it has been inevitable that he would have to grab the power of high office and proceed on with this treacherous course until the next election. But now Prayuth finds himself riding on the proverbial tiger's back. Will he cling on with dignity till the end...