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  • April 6, 2014

    Alumni apologise to Tan over band's behaviour

    The association said the money would be repaid. A subsequent scandal erupted following the incident, with the band, Max Percussion Theatre, heavily criticised by sections of the public for petitioning Tan for the money by arriving at the Arena 10 sports ground and community hall last month and playing their instruments. The association said the incident had damaged the school's reputation....

    National
  • March 20, 2014

    Australian navy plane fails to locate suspicious debris of missing plane

    "P3 crew unable to locate debris" due to cloud and rain, which limited visibility, AMSA said through its Twitter account. It said further aircraft will continue search for the flight, which lost contact with the ground 12 days ago en route from Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur to Beijing. The Australian government said earlier Thursday that they had spotted on satellite images two objects possibly...

    National
  • March 15, 2014

    Intra-regional trade essential for full

    Surin Pitsuwan said one of Asean's challenges to achieving its goal of economic integration was to increase its intra-regional trade, and that would not be possible unless more residents of Asean countries were working in other members of the trading bloc. "To be an economic community, you need to trade with one another more and more," Surin said. "To survive, an economy now has to invest more outside itself...

    Business
  • February 18, 2014

    Yingluck government is obstacle to national unity

    I agree with Surin Pitsuwan that no leader is indispensable, especially when holding onto power causes such deep division. But when Surin suggests the wisest course of action is to unite and rise together to reclaim the unity and dignity of the country back from the brink, I can't see any possibility of that happening. For example, the Yingluck government, under the control of Thaksin Shinawatra, has been involved...

    Opinion
  • February 17, 2014

    Stepping back from the brink

    Thailand has been sliding fast into an abyss. A state of lawlessness and growing signs of a failing state are ominously moving towards us with increasing velocity. But it is not too late to stop political and economic disintegration if we pull together and act in solidarity now. Never before in our history have things become so alarmingly confused and the future so bleak. Patriotism has become a...

    Opinion
  • January 13, 2014

    An open letter from Dr Surin

    An open letter to all the Red Shirts who still love Thailand and to those who hate Thaksin but equally hate the Democrat Party. I would really like to ask the Red Shirts how can you blindly accept the imbroglio of the current government It doesn't matter how much you hate the Democrats, but at least you should be able to grasp the extent of what Thaksin has done to this country. Is it possible...

    Opinion
  • December 26, 2013

    All in art together

    ... - the arts are not being neglected. The Bangkok Art and Culture Centre this year hosted a seven-month Asean Arts Festival, beginning in June with a talk in which former Asean Secretary General Surin Pitsuwan underscored how important art and culture are in building a social relationship among the member nations. More discussions and exhibitions followed that gave Thais a deeper understanding of the region...

    Life
  • December 18, 2013

    Before you start shopping, here are the key things to watch

    ... Or will he remain in the post come the end of next year He had been bruised even before the uprising led by Suthep Thaugsuban further muddied the Democrat leadership. Should someone like Surin Pitsuwan or Supachai Panitchpakdi or Korn Chatikavanij or even Jurin Laksanavisit be given the helm to refresh the party's image anytime soon A "Prime Minister Abhisit" would be beset by red storms from the beginning...

    Opinion
  • December 18, 2013

    Democrats keep Abhisit as their party leader

    Abhisit received 98 per cent of votes. He was the only candidate in the election. Party adviser Banyat Bantadtan nominated his candidacy. Meanwhile, former Asean secretary-general Surin Pitsuwan, who was suggested as a new Democrat leader to boost the party's image, also attended the meeting but could not vote under regulations, as he was not on the executive board or a former MP. Surin will probably step in...

    Politics
  • December 17, 2013

    Abisit to lead Democrats for fourth term

    ... 98 per cent of the votes and was nominated by party adviser Banyat Banthatthan, thanked party members for their support. There was no competition to his candidacy. Former Asean secretary general Surin Pitsuwan, earlier rumoured for selection as party leader to enhance the party's image, also attended the meeting but could not vote, as he is not an exexecutive board member nor a former MP

    Politics