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    Govt pins hopes on stimulus to boost growth

    News, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 15/12/2016

    » In the hope of shoring up the ailing economy, the government looks set to apply another strong pill. Last week, it placed a high bet on a mid-year expenditure budget of 190 billion baht for the 2017 fiscal year. The need for such strong medication to help the country climb out of its economic sluggishness is understandable. But it must not be overused to avoid unpleasant side-effects.


    Indian protectionism isn't patriotic

    News, Mihir Sharma, Published on 15/12/2016

    » Samuel Johnson got it wrong: Patriotism is the last refuge of the unprofitable. The Indian e-commerce giant Flipkart Online Services Pvt lost 23 billion rupees (about 12.1 billion baht) last year, and so its co-founder and executive chairman, Sachin Bansal, has suddenly morphed into a great champion of local companies. "We need to take a more India-centric approach" to regulation, he told a Bengaluru audience last week, citing Donald Trump approvingly.


    A gross misuse of Section 44

    News, Editorial, Published on 15/12/2016

    » Again, Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has resorted to the use of Section 44 of the interim charter to transfer a senior state officer. This time, he removed Palakorn Wongkongkaew, director of the Community Organisations Development Institute (CODI), from his position.


    English skills unlock gate to the world

    News, Surasak Glahan, Published on 15/12/2016

    » During a recent trip to the scenic valleys of landlocked Bhutan last week, a young Bhutanese tour guide's sophisticated and highly fluent English caught the Thai entourage by surprise.

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