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  • April 12, 2014

    Another populist setback may be looming

    ... fortunate and the criticism was shunted aside. Populism comes with a hefty price tag, however. While the rice price-pledging scheme has wreaked havoc on government coffers, farmers' budgets and Thai competitiveness in global exports, the first-car tax programme has rattled the domestic economy by limiting consumer spending power to just the auto sector. That the Excise Department is running out of...

    Opinion
  • April 11, 2014

    Police to seek arrest warrant for key red shirt

    ... was on business. He said he would fight the allegation of lese majeste and claimed that the video clip was doctored to frame him. "I want to tell the government that I have always worked for the Pheu Thai Party and the government, particularly Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra," he said. "Now they are taking legal action against me. It seems they want to kill the warrior when the war is over." Adul...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    Pheu Thai member petitions Senate against NACC nominee

    Singthong cited Article 8 of the Constitution's organic law, which stipulates that nominees for the NACC must possess a clean track record. He said an NACC committee had resolved to investigate a corruption allegation against Supa. The selection committee - which comprises Supreme Court president Direk Ingkaninanda, who serves as the committee's chairman; Constitutional Court president Charoon...

    Politics
  • April 11, 2014

    I can't broker talks: Prem

    THAI POLITICS has reached such an unbreakable stalemate that even a highly charismatic senior figure like Privy Council President Prem Tinsulanonda admits he would not be able to mediate the dispute, as the conflicting parties would not listen to him. Calls by many groups in the country to have both sides negotiate to bring an end to the crisis, which is damaging the economy and the country's development...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    US among countries eyeing 1.6m tonnes of G2G rice deals

    ... US was interested in purchasing. Last year, it imported 382,300 tonnes of rice from Thailand. In January this year, it imported 35,060 tonnes, down by 8.79 per cent year on year. According to the Thai Rice Traders Association, the price of 100-per-cent Thai white rice is currently quoted at US$403 a tonne, while the US rice is traded at $605 a tonne. Surasak said that with many potential contracts for...

    Business
  • April 10, 2014

    'Outsiders' can't help Thailand solve political crisis : Lee

    ... your full weight to the Asean endeavour," the prime minister said in reply to a question posed by Nation Multimedia Group chairman Suthichai Yoon. "We see this as a very difficult problem that Thai people and society will have to solve. It's not easy to do, it's a very deep problem. I don't think there's anything that outsiders will be able to contribute to that, even well-meaning outsiders within Asean...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    Ball in charter court over special session

    ... to the Council of State, which on Friday resolved that the special parliamentary session cannot be called for the Senate to carry out these tasks. Pichit Chuenban, a legal specialist for the Pheu Thai Party, said Article 132 did not specify how the Senate should go about holding a meeting if the House is in recess, so the law has to be interpreted strictly according to organic laws. Senator Paiboon Nititawan...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    Suthep plays down 'sovereignty' claim

    ... with those who violate the laws," he said. "As the Department of Special Investigation [DSI] has taken action in this case, I don't need to make any comment," he said, referring to a demand by Pheu Thai Party spokesman Prompong Nopparit that the general take action against Suthep. Asked if the Army has a clear stance on Suthep's statement, Prayuth said he had already made it clear that wrongdoers must...

    Politics
  • April 10, 2014

    To help us, US must get its facts straight

    The US government, in trying to help Thailand resolve its political conflicts, needs to understand the following: 1. The current Thai government is plague with corruption - and it's getting worse; 2. The tyranny of the majority is real, ongoing and at a critical level; 3. The government's refusal to accept the ruling of the Constitutional Court has rendered it illegitimate in the eyes of the general...

    Opinion
  • April 10, 2014

    Pheu Thai member petitions against NACC nominee

    Singthong Buachum on Wednesday petitioned the Senate to object to a constitution-appointed selection committee's decision to nominate supa Supa as the new member of the NACC alleging she has a tainted record. Singthong cited Article 8 of the Constitution's organic law, which stipulates that nominees for the NACC must possess a clean track record. He said an NACC committee had resolved to...

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