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LIFESTYLE

Curious cafes

Guru, Pornchai Sereemongkonpol, Published on 02/05/2014

» At your average cafe, you can drink coffee, nibble, socialise, take selfies and whatnot. However, Bangkok is home to some special venues where you can do more than just chillax. This week we searched the city for cafes that offer unique add-ons and experiences. Here are our findings that should pique your curiosity.

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EASY NEWS

Clothes iron left in pawnshop 16 years

Terry Fredrickson, Published on 02/05/2014

» A man has been faithfully paying 50 satang a month interest for a iron he pawned 16 years ago. A Guinness record perhaps?

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BUSINESS

Kesara envisions world-leading SET

Business, Nuntawun Polkuamdee, Published on 02/05/2014

» Being a successor to one of the most outstanding presidents of the Stock Exchange of Thailand (SET) is obviously tough for Kesara Manchusree.

BUSINESS

Drought lifts inflation to 1-year high

Business, Phusadee Arunmas, Published on 02/05/2014

» Thai inflation accelerated to a 12-month high in April, with prices for fresh fruits and vegetables rising after a drought-induced drop in production.

TECH

TOT decides to scrap planned alliance with AIS

Business, Komsan Tortermvasana, Published on 02/05/2014

» TOT Plc has decided to scrap a possible alliance deal with its concession holder Advanced Info Service (AIS) for fourth-generation (4G) mobile service, saying it is hard to sign a contract with the latter during the ongoing political impasse.

BUSINESS

Not all roads should lead to Bangkok

Business, Published on 02/05/2014

» Thailand’s capital city and its vicinity share about half of the country’s gross domestic product. Because of its sheer size, the Greater Bangkok area also accounts for about half of the rate of GDP expansion each year, regardless of its performance.

BUSINESS

FPO ponders ways to boost loans to SMEs

Business, Wichit Chantanusornsiri, Published on 02/05/2014

» The Fiscal Policy Office (FPO) says it could use the Thai Credit Guarantee Corporation (TCG) to provide higher credit guarantees as a way to encourage banks to expand loans to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). SMEs have been the most affected as banks have shifted loan extensions to low-gear on concerns over rising bad loans.

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BUSINESS

BoI to streamline approvals

Business, Chatrudee Theparat, Published on 02/05/2014

» The new Board of Investment (BoI) called its first meeting yesterday and pledged to accelerate approvals for pending investment applications worth 729 billion baht.

TECH

Agencies fret over drop in TV ratings, efficiency of ad costs

Business, Saengwit Kewaleewongsatorn, Published on 02/05/2014

» Media agencies are concerned about the lower efficiency of advertising costs due to a decline in ratings for free TV channels in the analogue system.

BUSINESS

Product Liability Act: Is Your Business a Potentially Liable Party?

Business, Tilleke & Gibbins International Ltd, Published on 02/05/2014

» Thailand’s Product Liability Act has been in force for six years but has not yet resulted in any landmark Supreme Court decisions. There are, however, many significant cases working their way through the legal system and business owners are beginning to feel the impact of the law, officially known as the Liability for Damages Arising from Unsafe Products Act.