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  • NEWS

    Thai trip stokes interest of investors, says Japan minister

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 13/09/2017

    » Thailand will remain a key player for Japanese investors with more investment likely to flow into the country in the near future, Hiroshige Seko, Japan's Minister of Economy, Trade and Industry says.

  • OPINION

    Twisting media's arm will backfire

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 20/08/2017

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha government is back in the eye of the storm for all for the wrong reasons. This time all eyes are on the mobile cabinet meeting set to take place tomorrow and Tuesday in Nakhon Ratchasima after government spokesman Sansern Kaewkamnerd openly admitted that he had "requested" television stations to do "scoops" focusing on ministers attending the meeting.

  • OPINION

    Why 'Fly Thai'?

    News, Postbag, Published on 31/05/2016

    » Umesh Pandey's opinion editorial on Thai Airways in today's Asia Focus was spot on.

  • BUSINESS

    Jakarta's language rule a step backward

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 06/04/2015

    » Just when I thought my country was becoming a basket case when it comes to caring for foreign investors, one of our Asean brothers just made Thailand look at little better by proposing a rule unmatched for sheer stupidity.

  • BUSINESS

    SEZ plan isn't progress at all

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 26/01/2015

    » Dear Mr Prime Minister,

  • BUSINESS

    Engaging with Asia

    Asia focus, Published on 29/09/2014

    » As Australia's top civil servant for both trade and diplomatic issues, Peter Varghese sometimes faces a challenging juggling act. The changing dynamics of economic and political relationships in Asia and elsewhere keep him busy as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), as he strives to keep his country's interests at the top of all the negotiations he undertakes.

  • LIFESTYLE

    A blissful union

    Life, Published on 15/06/2017

    » It was Sunday, June 11 when wedding bells tolled at the auspicious time of 8.09am, when the groom's procession began its march down the elegant staircase at Park Hyatt Hotel to ask for the bride's hand in marriage. For Woraluksanai Bhicharnchitr and Ferrari Jarumon, it was a day to be remembered.

  • BUSINESS

    Aditya Birla affirms Thai base, looks to China

    Business, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Aditya Birla Group, a leading India-based industrial conglomerate, says it will continue to expand in Thailand as well as the region, especially in China, to maintain its dominant position in the industries it operates.

  • BUSINESS

    Decisive and diversified

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 24/04/2017

    » Many critics wrote off Kumar Mangalam Birla when he took the helm of one of India's leading businesses as a 28-year-old rookie. But the reviews in recent years have been mostly positive for the man who has helped build a conglomerate that is among the world leaders in the fields in which it operates.

  • OPINION

    Whingeing old bag

    News, Postbag, Published on 26/11/2016

    » In the 1970s we had several correspondents of the "US Army (Ret'd)" ilk, bemoaning the failure of Thailand's governments and administrations in conducting the nation's affairs on the admirable lines of Rainbow Gulch or Redneck Springs. Possessed of almost universal expertise, they were very, very boring.

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