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  • BUSINESS

    Cambodia calling

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 14/09/2015

    » As Thai companies start to see their sales tapering off amid slow domestic consumption, some are reaping the benefits of earlier decisions to enter markets where the risks at times have spooked other investors aware of their chequered history.

  • BUSINESS

    Riches beyond resources

    Asia focus, Umesh Pandey, Published on 15/01/2018

    » 'Come, come, grab a seat. We've each been taking turns talking about what we've seen in Thailand over the past week, the lessons we've learned and how we can apply them in life or business."

  • OPINION

    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.

  • OPINION

    The failings of absolute power

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 12/03/2017

    » Images of joyous disciples and monks were visible in the wee hours yesterday at the sprawling campus of Wat Phra Dhammakaya in Pathum Thani's Klong Luang district after Thailand's premier investigative agency -- the Department of Special Investigation (DSI) -- and the military government failed to find the elusive monk.

  • OPINION

    Dhammakaya saga's cost is too high

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 05/03/2017

    » Over the past 15 plus days, the country has witnessed a standoff that not many people would have thought would have been possible, especially in an era of military rule where anything said is set in stone and must be followed, but the famous Wat Phra Dhammakaya continues to defy the people's beliefs and the standoff continues.

  • OPINION

    Heads may roll over temple saga

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 19/02/2017

    » The past week saw Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha use the superpower of Section 44 for the 127th time since he seized power in May 2014. Its latest use declared the area of Wat Phra Dhammakaya and its vicinity as a "specially controlled zone" after authorities had tried in vain to summon Phra Dhammajayo, the elusive former abbot of the temple.

  • OPINION

    Anti-election protesters misguided

    News, Umesh Pandey, Published on 13/11/2015

    » Over the past week anti-election activist Thawatchai Promchan was acquitted of charges that he and his supporters were behind the disruption that led to the cancellation of an advance election last year.

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