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Property tax rethink scheduled
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 07:16:00 +0700

A controversial draft bill on the land and buildings tax will be reviewed and is expected to take four months to complete.

Just defrock them
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:24:00 +0700

Re: “Buddhism reform vital”, (BP, April 1).

Army grip tightens as Section 44 invoked
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Section 44 of the interim charter was invoked Wednesday, giving the army the power to tighten security, clamp down on threats to the monarchy, and close media outlets.

Drafters back non-elected PM provision
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Charter drafters have modified the document to allow a prime minister not elected by the public to be installed on a majority vote of at least two-thirds of MPs.

Cloudy skies ahead for cash-strapped DCA
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Questions must be raised as to why the Thai Department of Civil Aviation (DCA) has been left cash-strapped and understaffed for so long.

'I would not raise rates by much if I ran Fed'
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

NEW YORK: Warren Buffett, the billionaire chief executive officer and chairman of Berkshire Hathaway Inc, said on Tuesday that he would not raise interest rates significantly if he ran the Federal Reserve.

Consumer prices fall in March 'but no deflation'
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Consumer prices fell for the third consecutive month in March to a 66-month low due mainly to weak global oil prices.

Discovery to get B4bn facelift
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Siam Piwat Co plans to rock Bangkok's retail market with a 4-billion-baht overhaul of Siam Discovery.

Prawit pushes new era of military ties with Beijing
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

As last year's May 22 coup has prompted the US to turn a cold shoulder to the Prayut administration, Thailand and China have intensified their relationship in what is being called a marriage of convenience.

Golf park boss charged in land grab case
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Police have pressed charges against the manager of Bonanza golf course and race track in Khao Yai, which allegedly encroaches on forest land in Nakhon Ratchasima's Pak Chong district.

Travel News

Weaving intangible patterns
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Chengdu Shu Brocade and Embroidery Museum showcases the best brocades in China. Guide Yan Hua walked me into a room where two people were busy working on a loom. It is no ordinary loom. The greater draw loom is 6m long, 5m high and 1.5m wide. A man working on the loom concentrated hard as he pulled the harnesses. A woman at the base of the machine inserted shuttles and beat the weft threads.

Likay Festival in Ang Thong
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Until Sunday, Ang Thong province will host the "Likay Art and Culture 2015 Festival" at Wat Chaiyo Worawihan, Chaiyo district, in support of the "Discover Thainess" tourism campaign.

Relentlessly ambitious Dubai
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Over the past five decades, Dubai has rapidly grown from a small fishing village into a multicultural metropolis full of skyscrapers, shopping malls, restaurants and tourist attractions. This major port city in the United Arab Emirates, situated by the sea and desert, is halfway between Asia and Europe. It is the home of some 200 nationalities, and where old and modern cultures blend in harmony.

New textile showroom
Thu, 02 Apr 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Ruen Pha Lee Ma Lae, textile showroom and shop, has opened in Songkhla to promote handmade cloth and cloth related products from the Deep South.

Mandela phone app for tourists in S.Africa
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 21:45:00 +0700

JOHANNESBURG - A phone app tracing the footsteps of Nelson Mandela was launched Wednesday in South Africa to encourage tourists to explore his life story, 25 years after his release from prison.

Japan Disneyland, Universal Studios draw record visitors
Wed, 01 Apr 2015 20:18:00 +0700

TOKYO — The Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea amusement parks drew a combined 31.38 million visitors in fiscal 2014, hitting a record high for the third consecutive year despite a hike in entrance fees, their operator said Wednesday.

Best Western in the right places at the right time
Mon, 30 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

From the new urban-chic Vīb hotel in Seoul to its new strategic partnership with the worldwide booking site, Best Western International (BWI) has signalled a strong commitment to expanding its footprint in Asia.

Ailing marine parks set to restrict visitor numbers
Sun, 29 Mar 2015 06:59:00 +0700

Visitor numbers will be capped at marine national parks across the country from next year in a bid to ease environmental destruction.

Tha Maharaj community mall blends old and new
Fri, 27 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Maharaj Road, particularly the section that runs from Thammasat University to Tha Tien pier, is known as a hub of amulet trading, as well as a place to find idiosyncratic second-hand goods such as eight-track tapes, old dentures or bottled voodoo babies (real and fake). But keeping with the trend of gentrifying old neighbourhoods, there is new hype about the area in the form of Tha Maharaj, a...

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