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  • NEWS

    Ayutthaya canal chiefs given one month to answer critics

    News, Published on 18/10/2017

    » The Agriculture Ministry has been given one month to come up with clear answers to all questions raised over its plan to build a 17.6-billion-baht canal in Ayutthaya to limit the impact of massive flooding and ensuing economic losses in the Central region.

  • NEWS

    EU warns Thailand on N.Korea sanctions

    News, Bangkok Post, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon insisted Thailand has complied with United Nations Security Council resolutions regarding sanctions on North Korea, but it has not yet informed the UN of its actions.

  • OPINION

    Bigger drains won't save us from floods

    News, Anchalee Kongrut, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Last week Bangkok was badly hit by floods that brought back the haunting memories of the big floods of 2011. Despite assurances by Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha that a flood on the scale of that of 2011 would not occur again, I felt we are not really safe.

  • OPINION

    Agriculture Dept sows seeds of discontent

    News, Soonruth Bunyamanee, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Honoured as the agriculture king, the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej strove to develop Thailand's agriculture sector to improve the livelihoods of farmers, especially through rice cultivation methods and farming experiments which are evident in many royally initiated projects. But our own agriculture authorities seem to be doing the opposite with their latest push to revise the law on plant varieties.

  • OPINION

    Missing the point

    News, Postbag, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Andre Machielsen in his Oct 16 letter, "It's the corruption", takes me to task for supposedly failing to take note of the corruption which plagued the Pheu Thai government's rice-pledging scheme, but in doing so he misses the point of my imaginary exam question to imaginary students of politics and economics.

  • NEWS

    Pattaya robber 'needed funds for sex change operation'

    News, Post Reporters, Published on 18/10/2017

    » PATTAYA: A transgender woman was arrested Tuesday on charges of theft after she and a friend allegedly stole a gold necklace and cash worth 150,000 baht from a Russian tourist last week, police said.

  • OPINION

    China mimics Orwellian dystopia

    News, Peter Apps, Published on 18/10/2017

    » As tens of thousands of Chinese drinkers walked into a beer festival in the eastern port city of Qingdao in August, a software programme scanned their pictures. Those identified as being on a police list of wanted persons were pinpointed in less than a second. By the end of the three-week event, authorities had made 25 arrests, including one of someone on the run for a decade. According to police, the programme had correctly matched faces in 98% of cases.

  • OPINION

    Drug fight off the rails

    News, Editorial, Published on 18/10/2017

    » The government continues to press on with its failed war on drugs, when the country would be better served by a serious effort to reform this old programme. Last week, secretary-general of the Office of the Narcotics Control Board Sirinya Sitdhichai announced the agency was to assume yet another new power. He says he and ONCB enforcement agents can now hold parcel delivery firms responsible if they carry drugs.

  • NEWS

    Hua Hin hit by deluge of rotten fish after rains

    News, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Villagers and tourists in the seaside town of Hua Hin were assaulted by the smell of rotten fish yesterday morning after hundreds of thousands of specimens died on a 10-kilometre stretch of beach there following torrential rains on Monday.

  • NEWS

    End to death penalty urged

    News, King-oua Laohong, Published on 18/10/2017

    » Thailand has not abolished the death sentence, but unless there is an execution in the next two years, the most severe punishment available under the Thai legal system will have unofficially been dispensed with, a senior justice official said yesterday.

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