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  • March 2, 2015

    Asean common time - your time or my time

    ... to no avail. Back in 1993, the idea was raised to start stock trading at the same time as the " 8 Group". But it did not work. Former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra tried again in 2003 to capitalise on the booming Thai stock market. With an hour ahead, investors would make decisions in competitive ways...

  • February 28, 2015

    Under-siege NBTC needs to stand aloof

    ... watchdog would bring. For them it meant ceding the power to allocate telecom and broadcasting frequencies. Subsequent governments controlled by Thaksin Shinawatra opposed the idea of setting up the NBTC for obvious reasons. In fact, despite their overwhelming majority in Parliament, they shunned every...

  • February 27, 2015

    Govt must take public into confidence on oil concessions

    ... round to facilitate a decision by Prayut by Tuesday. Surprisingly, Prasong Soonsiri, who was behind a network that ousted former prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra's government, was named to the joint committee on the non-government side. Former prime minister Abhisit Vejjajiva, leader of Democrat Party...

  • February 26, 2015

    Hitler does not live here, nor does Mao or Mussolini

    ... elites conspired to bring the downfall of the Shinawatras. Nothing could be farther from the truth. While it is true that former prime minister Thaksin was big on populist programmes for the rural poor, the reason for his downfall was not the Palace elites' jealousy, but the runaway corruption of his government...

  • February 25, 2015

    Most judges picked for Yingluck case also hearing other Thaksin camp cases

    Thanit Ketsawapitak, a senior judge, had voted to dissolve the Thai Rak Thai Party in May 2007, after the coup in September 2006 ousted Thaksin's government. The panel voted 9:0 to disband the party, but Thanit was one of the minority opposing the then junta's order to ban Thai Rak Thai executives for five...

  • February 24, 2015

    Reform shouldn't override rule of law

    .... The junta-backed anti-graft and legislative bodies seem to have lost their way in their eagerness to eradicate the influence of former premier Thaksin Shinawatra and his family. The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) says it has found evidence of corruption in the implementation of the rice scheme...

  • February 22, 2015

    People divided on proposal for Prayut to talk to Thaksin

    The survey found 22.09 per cent of the respondents said talks should be held only after Thaksin returned to Thailand ad the remaining 9.65 per cent had no comment. The survey was held on Wednesday and Thursday. The Nation

  • February 21, 2015

    Any 'peace talks' must be open to all

    ... sides in the political conflict have no common ground, to the extent that they adhere to two different interpretations of the term "justice". Thaksin Shinawatra's camp this week mooted the idea of holding "peace talks" with Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha. The idea was ridiculous for several reasons,...

  • February 20, 2015

    Reconciliation body 'will succeed where others have failed'

    ... conflict resolutions and equality and justice. IN THE FUTURE, WHO WOULD BE ELIGIBLE TO RECEIVE AMNESTY AND, WOULD FORMER PRIME MINISTER THAKSIN SHINAWATRA BE ELIGIBLE FOR AMNESTY We have not figured out all the details. [But] we would not grant amnesty in lese majeste cases or cases related...

  • February 20, 2015

    'Handsome' woman married to girlfriend in Prachin Buri

    The "groom" or Jariya Meechai, 21, led an elaborate procession to ask for the hand of Praphawan Thaksin, 20. Jariya gave a gift of Bt300,000 in cash to her bride. The two said they have been in relationship for three years before they decided to tie the knot. The Nation