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  • February 23, 2015

    Benefit-sharing is key to region's rail connectivity

    On the sidelines of November's Apec Summit in Beijing, China and Thailand agreed to cooperate on railway development that will eventually link Kunming to Bangkok and Thailand's eastern seaboard, and could go all the way to Singapore in the longer term. This is not a new idea - improved connectivity in the Greater Mekong Subregion...

    Opinion
  • February 20, 2015

    Four-nation taskforce tackles Mekong triangle drug trade

    Permpong Chaovalit said between January 12 and February 18 the Safe Mekong Coordination Centre made 1,289 arrests in 1,117 raids in Thailand, China, Laos and Myanmar, member countries of the SMCC, and seized 9,444,468 amphetamine tablets, 440 kilograms of "ice" flakes, 180kg of heroin and 59kg of opium liquid. The...

    National
  • February 19, 2015

    Restraint of political influence aim in reforms mooted for police force

    They include transforming Royal Thai Police into a new ministry where police officers themselves could decide on the reshuffle of key positions - a fresh policy aimed at eliminating outside or political interference, according to a senior policeman tasked with processing the reform. The new ministry...

    National
  • February 19, 2015

    Thai-Lao rail link popular among travellers

    In 2014 alone, more than 38,000 people used the railway services, an increase of 15.7 percent compared to the previous year. Of the total figure, 80 per cent were tourists and the rest were residents and businesspeople. The Lao Railway Authorityโ s Railway Management Division Chief, Somsana Rasaphone said that previously...

    Business
  • February 17, 2015

    Chinese officials to visit locations in Nong Khai next month

    Transport Minister Prajin Juntong visited Bejing last week to co-chair a meeting with China on the joint development project of a 1.435-meter standard-gauge rail network (Nong Khai-Nakhon Ratchasima- Kaeng Khoi-Map Ta Phut). Prajin said the construction would proceed in the form of a G-2-G joint...

    Business
  • February 13, 2015

    PM woos private sector to build high-speed trains

    The government will provide support in terms of acquiring land for construction along with tax and non-tax incentives, similar to the Japanese public and private partnership model. Germany is believed to have shown an interest in investing, he said. The possible rail routes being considered for this...

    Business
  • February 11, 2015

    Prayut learns realities of dealing with major powers

    .... US officials at all levels, from the president to the charge d'affaires at the embassy to Bangkok, have consistently called for the restoration of democracy. Relations with the United States and military cooperation would not return to normal until Thailand is once again governed by an elected civilian government...

    Politics
  • February 11, 2015

    JV on high-speed railway proposed

    ... Thai railroads running high-speed trains, a system the prime minister said would be fruitful for the Kingdom and improve its people's standard of living. "We proposed a joint-venture model to Japan for collaboration on the construction of the [1.435-metre-gauge] railroads," General Prayut Chan-o-cha...

    Politics
  • February 10, 2015

    Navy rescues tourists off Koh Lanta

    The Navy was alerted at 8pm that a boat with foreign tourists has broken down about 15 nautical miles from Koh Lanta. Another boat apparently had tried to help but ended up colliding with the first due to strong wind and big waves. Four men, four women and a child were on the boat, Waves were...

    National
  • February 3, 2015

    A Secured Transactions Act headed for cabinet

    ... for the business sector, since business operators would be able to use their assets as loan collateral without having to transfer the ownership of the assets to the lenders. labour imports urged The Federation of Thai Industries will ask the government to relax rules on imported labour, said Suchart...

    Business