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  • LIFESTYLE

    Isolated village reveres hermits

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » A remote Karen village in western Thailand has become the subject of public fascination as a place where numerous hermits dwell.

  • BUSINESS

    Private bus operators call off strike

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » Private bus operators have scrapped their plan to strike on May 16 after the Transport Ministry agreed to allow them to increase fares again if the price of compressed natural gas rises above 9.5 baht a kilogramme.

  • THAILAND

    EU refuses to lift Myanmar sanctions until human rights issues addressed

    News, Mongkol Bangprapa, Published on 28/04/2012

    » BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN : The European Union will not lift its sanctions against Myanmar nor discuss a free trade agreement with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations until the Myanmar government solves human rights violations and substantially promotes democracy.

  • THAILAND

    Pheu Thai launches by-election protest

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » The ruling Pheu Thai Party has formally protested against the result of the April 25 by-election in Pathum Thani which saw its candidate defeated by a Democrat rival.

  • THAILAND

    Prison officials sacked after contraband blitz

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » A total of 28 prison wardens and officials found involved in bringing in illicit drugs, mobile phones and other prohibited items into prisons have been dismissed over the past six months.

  • THAILAND

    Phumtham says unity possible if egos tamed

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » Phumtham Wechayachai, the former deputy secretary-general of the defunct Thai Rak Thai Party, looks forward to life after his five-year political ban expires next month. In an interview with Pradit Ruangdit, he speaks of his expectations, the prime minister's strengths and national reconciliation.

  • THAILAND

    Thaksin seen as a victim, lawyer says

    News, Aekarach Sattaburuth, Published on 28/04/2012

    » Ousted prime minister Thaksin Shinawatra is welcomed around the world, his legal adviser says, because he is recognised as a political victim by the international community.

  • THAILAND

    Virabongsa backs VAT boost

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » Policy makers should consider raising value-added tax to finance the country's infrastructure development projects over the next 10 years, says renowned economist Virabongsa Ramangkura.

  • THAILAND

    UDD to monitor govt closely

    News, Aekarach Sattaburuth, Published on 28/04/2012

    » The United Front for Democracy Against Dictatorship will keep a close eye on the government after the meeting between Privy Council president Prem Tinsulanonda and Prime Minister Yingluck Shinawatra, said UDD chair Tida Tawornseth yesterday.

  • OPINION

    Food safety is paramount

    News, Published on 28/04/2012

    » If there is one group of officials who need to leave the comfort of their offices more often and brave the heat on the streets it is food safety inspectors. With no early respite in sight, the scorching daily temperatures mean an increase in risk factors ranging from heat exhaustion to burned skin from touching vehicles that have been parked in the sun. Sweltering heat can also lead to rapid food spoilage, making regular checks on items sold in markets and by street vendors vital if the authorities are to ensure food safety. Anyone who has suffered from food poisoning will not want to repeat the experience and that includes the prime minister, who fell victim to tainted seafood in November.

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