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    Airship loss produces much hot air

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 17/09/2017

    » "Personally, I would agree if there is a call for a malfeasance probe. This would ward off criticism which emerged without proper information," Interior Minister Anupong Paojinda was reported to have said on Friday when the issue of the waste of 340 million baht on an airship was raised by the media.

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    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.


    Language lesson for Thailand

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 10/09/2017

    » The past week saw my firm take a bunch of investors to Myanmar in order to see for themselves what opportunities are available in the so-called frontier economy, and there is no doubt that one can call it the emerging tiger of Asean.


    Consumers still lack confidence

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 03/09/2017

    » For those readers who have not read the business stories over the past week, let me recap some of the interesting issues that were written about by our intrepid business writers. Stories such as the Revenue Department coming out to openly state that their tax collection for the first 10 months of the fiscal year (October 2016 to July 2017) was 4% below the target came as a shock to many. The reason given for the shortfall was the lower collection of value added tax (VAT) that you and I pay for consuming.


    Great escape could lead to backlash

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 27/08/2017

    » Friday was supposed to be Judgement Day but became Great Escape Day when former prime minister Yingluck Shinawatra reportedly managed to sneak out of the country ahead of the verdict by the Supreme Court's Criminal Division for Political Position Holders.


    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.


    Security is paramount at airports

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 13/08/2017

    » The past week has been an eventful one filled with so many issues one can pick to write about -- the one-month ban for red shirt-linked Peace TV, our highly effective Royal Thai Police finally managing to translate the charges against Red Bull scion Vorayuth "Boss" Yoovidhya, and the long waits for tourists at both Suvarnabhumi and Don Mueang airports.


    PM's flood visit missed the boat

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 06/08/2017

    » The flood-stricken areas of the Northeast finally got to see a glimpse of their leader a few days ago, but that came after the worst of the flooding was over and people were gradually starting to get back to normal.


    Regime wary of Yingluck martyrdom

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 30/07/2017

    » The political temperature is set to soar in August and it could be the hottest month since the coup staged by then army chief and incumbent Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha in May 2014.


    Small firms' debts point to problems

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 23/07/2017

    » Over the past week data coming out of the government and the private sector are showing signs that could be worrisome in the medium to longer term for the country. Rising household debt, increasing non-performing loans among small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) and strengthening of the baht are all compounding the problems.

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