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    China mulls buying farm goods

    Business, Phusadee Arunmas, Published on 12/05/2015

    » Thailand looks forward to signing deals with China cover other farm products besides rice after a deal for 1 million tonnes of the grain is signed in July.


    Bid to host travel fair fails

    Business, Chadamas Chinmaneevong, Published on 12/05/2015

    » Negotiations to secure the rights to hold World Travel Mart (WTM) Asia in Thailand have failed, as tourism authorities could not follow strict conditions required by rights holder Reed Travel Exhibitions.


    Poor countries must pave own path

    News, Published on 12/05/2015

    » Lant Pritchett is a development economist, which means that he studies why countries make (or fail to make) the transition from poor to rich. He teaches at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government, which makes him pretty elite. I, on the other hand, have never even studied development economics. So when I say I think Mr Pritchett's four criteria for determinants of development are almost entirely wrong, you should take it with several grains of salt. 


    Comprehensive fraud management in high-risk countries

    Business, Published on 12/05/2015

    » Late one night, employees at a factory were caught on closed-circuit TV slipping parts out of the storage depot and driving away into the darkness. Believing it was a small bunch of rogue staff, management launched a limited investigation. After reviewing documents and conducting interviews, management found the scope of the crime was greater than they had ever thought. Employees had been colluding with a criminal group for more than a year, stripping the company of everything from tyres to fuel at a cost of millions of baht.


    China replaces US as top crude oil buyer

    Business, Reuters, Published on 12/05/2015

    » SINGAPORE: China overtook the United States as the world's top importer of crude oil for the first time in April, and its purchases are expected to remain strong despite a slowing economy, with far-reaching consequences for global oil and commodities markets.


    Take war to drug czars

    News, Published on 12/05/2015

    » The latest renewal of the battle against illicit drugs is both welcome and lamentably incomplete. Justice Minister Paiboon Koomchaya has officially kicked off another stage of the Safe Mekong Joint Operation. Thailand and three neighbours sharing the river will step up operations against both makers and smugglers in the Mekong corridor. Meanwhile, authorities have finally launched campaigns to stifle the rampant drug-dealing from within prisons. As usual, promises to help the victims of drug trafficking are left behind.


    Key players must attend Rohingya talks

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 12/05/2015

    » The Prayut Chan-o-cha government deserves praise for initiating talks on the Rohingya trafficking problem with Myanmar and Malaysia, but it must turn the talk into deeds.

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    Lush Portuguese sounds

    Life, John Clewley, Published on 12/05/2015

    » On a business trip to India last week, I had the great fortune to catch several inspirational sets of Portuguese Fado music at the Cidade de Goa resort on the beach in North Goa. It was good to be back in India, and a delight to be in the fascinating cultural melting pot of Goa, although at this time of year it is hot and humid, even perhaps hotter than Bangkok, or at least it felt that way. But India's smallest state is lush and green with some impressive trees, and a strong breeze brought relief from the pre-monsoon heat.


    Salween dam projects jeopardise fragile ceasefire accords

    News, Published on 12/05/2015

    » Myanmar's government calls them signposts of modernity: a string of huge dam projects along the mighty Salween River, one of Asia's last untamed waterways, needed to meet economic goals and energy demands as the country opens its doors to the outside world.


    Six key lessons to take away from the UK election

    News, Published on 12/05/2015

    » The May 7 UK election was a real surprise with David Cameron's Conservative Party winning a slender majority. Below are six things we have learnt from the election:

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