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  • BUSINESS

    BoT tightens belt on consumer loans

    Business, Published on 30/06/2017

    » The Bank of Thailand is set to announce tighter regulations governing unsecured loans next month as part of its effort to discourage consumers, particularly low-income earners, from accumulating further debt.

  • LIFE

    The historical made personal

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 06/10/2016

    » We don't know where they are -- a man and a woman, he in a white three-piece suit, she in a white wedding gown. Soon we find out that they don't know where they are either. Then we find out who they are, but soon realise they are not sure.

  • LIFE

    Dragon's Heart returns

    Life, Amitha Amranand, Published on 26/08/2016

    » Musicals about the lives of Thai defenders of democracy and human rights have come to define director and playwright Pradit Prasartthong's body of work since he founded the Anatta Theatre Troupe in 2012. He's imagined the intimate and personal moments of the late writer Sriburapa, first lady Poonsuk Banomyong and former rector of Thammasat University and Free Thai Movement member Puey Ungphakorn.

  • OPINION

    Puey Ungphakorn's honourable but unfulfilled dream

    News, Somchai Jitsuchon, Published on 20/04/2016

    » 2016 marks the 100th year since the birth of Puey Ungphakorn, top economist and former Bank of Thailand governor. A number of commemorative events were already held, and many more are planned to celebrate this important anniversary in the eyes of many Thais who admire him. But if you ask, you might get different answers as to why he is so hugely admired. He is remembered by some as the founding father of the modern Thai economy; by others as a member of Seri Thai which fought to maintain Thailand's independence during World War II; and yet also as Thammasat University's rector during the troubled time of October 1976, when he had to flee Thailand to live and die in foreign country.

  • LIFE

    Stars of the Thai stage honoured

    Life, Kaona Pongpipat, Published on 24/03/2016

    » The theatre scene in Thailand is still a relatively small affair yet it was a lively evening on Tuesday as directors, performers, theatregoers and members of the press joined the 2015 IATC Thailand Dance and Theatre Review awards ceremony at Bangkok Art and Culture Centre.

  • LIFE

    A Thai hero's remarkable contributions get an airing

    Life, Published on 04/03/2016

    » Next Wednesday will be the centennial of the late Puey Ungphakorn, known as the founding father of modern Thai economy and recently named by UNESCO as one of the world's most important people for his "impeccable ethics".

  • OPINION

    Ajarn Ben's Southeast Asian analyses still enlighten

    News, Philip J Cunningham, Published on 15/12/2015

    » When I studied with Benedict Anderson at Cornell University in 1974, he seemed the quintessential absent-minded professor; at once erudite and bookish, idealistic and dreamy-eyed. The fact he had just been kicked out of Indonesia only added to his aura. Giving lectures about coups and counter-coups and revolutionary martyrs, he'd pace the front of the classroom in clunky boots and mismatched outfits, captivating class attention with his soft but mellifluous Irish-accented voice.

  • LIFE

    Biographical musicals take centre stage

    Life, Alongkorn Parivudhiphongs, Published on 05/06/2015

    » While many contemporary Thai musicals have taken their inspiration from romantic novels, pop music and hit movies, this year biographical musicals seem to be a trend. May witnessed three biographical musicals paying tribute to real-life characters in Thai and Chinese history.

  • OPINION

    Military regime can't turn back the clock of progress

    News, Achara Ashayagachat, Published on 12/08/2014

    » My memory of one of this country's democratic milestones — the student uprising of Oct 14, 1973 — was my grandmother sobbing while watching His Majesty the King's announcement on TV about a new government replacing the military dictatorship that students had tried to topple.

  • ADVANCED NEWS

    A bittersweet relationship

    Jon Fernquest, Published on 26/09/2011

    » The Bangkok of Thailand and Finance Ministry, a husband & wife who should keep their arguments private, Dr Puey Ungphakorn once reflected.

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