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Land tax bill heads for cabinet
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 07:38:00 +0700

The draft bill on the land and buildings tax will be tabled for cabinet approval in a couple of weeks despite public outcry.

Stop meddling, PM
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:33:00 +0700

I see no reason why the prime minister had to urge political factions to tone down their criticism of the draft charter. He should leave this to the army. He was wasting his time talking to people who don’t want to be reformed.

Graftbusters launch probe into nepotism
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

The National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) will conduct a probe into 70 National Legislative Assembly (NLA) members' appointments of relatives as aides.

Amlo narrows Dhammakaya funds probe
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

The Anti-Money Laundering Office's (Amlo) probe into Wat Phra Dhammakaya's former abbot and some senior monks will focus only on allegations of money laundering, the office's chief said Thursday. 

Charter draft has checks, lacks balances
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

When political reforms themselves are reformed time and again, they can revert back to their pre-reform beginnings. This phenomenon appears to be afflicting Thailand's ongoing constitutional-drafting process, which is stuck in a circuitous time warp.

DTAC tries to catch up to True on 4G bases
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Total Access Communication, the mobile operator of DTAC, is accelerating the expansion of its fourth generation (4G) network to catch up with its smaller rival, True Move, and accommodate surging mobile data demand.

Hotels cross fingers for room rate rise
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

With the country's tourism recovery, local hoteliers expect to see a rise in their room rate next year, which has been frozen for almost two years.

McDonald's plan gives suppliers headache
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

A plan by McDonald's Corp to phase out chicken raised with certain kinds of antibiotics at its 14,000 US restaurants will put additional pressure on an already-stressed supply chain.

Tackle haze at its roots
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

It's that time of a year again when suffocation from haze pollution is the order of the day in the North. Farmers cannot escape the blame for their agricultural burning. But neither can the feed and biofuel industries which encourage corn and sugar plantations on the highlands with severe consequences for the environment and public health.

Oriental Hotel hacked, card data stolen
Fri, 06 Mar 2015 04:44:00 +0700

NEW YORK - Hackers broke into the Mandarin Oriental luxury hotel group's database and stole credit card information from "an isolated number" of its properties, the group said Friday (Thailand time).

Travel News

Govt plans Pattaya, Cha-am ferry link
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

The Transport Ministry plans to launch a ferry route across the Gulf of Thailand linking Pattaya in Chon Buri to Cha-am district in Phetchaburi to boost tourism, said Deputy Transport Minister Arkhom Termpittayapaisith.

Fangs for the memories
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Recently, on my way back from Chiang Mai I decided to extend my road trip for another day so I could explore Mon Phya Chae. Discovering this hill in Lampang, which is a popular site for mountain bike competitions, however, instantly made me feel regret and hate myself.

Home of the Iron Man of Laos
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

When tourists go to the Unesco World Heritage site of Luang Prabang in Laos, many immediately think of the Buddhist temples and simple, yet beautiful way of life. This city also has some beautiful examples of French colonial and Lao vernacular architecture, like the Royal Palace Museum and old palaces like Villa Santi and Xiengkeo Palace.

Muay Thai Fest in Ayutthaya
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

From March 17-20, the 11th annual muay Thai festival will showcase Thai martial arts at various venues in Ayutthaya province. The festival also honours Nai Khanomtom, a famous Thai boxer during the Ayutthaya period and an icon of the sport.

Island in the sun
Thu, 05 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Crystal clear water, uncrowded beaches and sunshine are not the main reasons for Sel Bellai, a Dutch businessman, and his family to visit Koh Mak every year for four years.

Malaysia still top choice for Muslim travellers
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:44:00 +0700

SINGAPORE - Malaysia is the most preferred global destination in the fast-growing Muslim travel market, despite two catastrophic air disasters that hit the country's flag-carrier in 2014, a survey showed Wednesday.

Trainwreck from top to bottom
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 06:00:00 +0700

Perhaps what one remembers best about a third-class train ride in Thailand is the shower you take afterwards — the lumps of dust coming out of your nose, the grimy water running off your body and how washing your hair three times isn't enough to take the odour of metal away.

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