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    Opening up duty-free

    News, Editorial, Published on 01/11/2018

    » As the auction for the concession to operate the duty-free zone at Suvarnabhumi airport comes closer, the fate of an underachieving industry hangs in the balance. The state-run Airports of Thailand (AoT) has not yet revealed whether it will do away with the current monopolistic concession model that has allowed only the sole operator, King Power International, to grow richer -- at the cost of both the state and shoppers.

  • OPINION

    Harmony put at risk near Ban Plainern

    News, Sirinya Wattanasukchai, Published on 01/11/2018

    » Within the next few weeks, the threat to the charm and physical structure of Ban Plainern, a cultural landmark, may become reality, if City Hall gives the nod to the construction of a controversial 36-storey condo project next door.

  • OPINION

    Is Pakistan's dilemma self-defeating?

    News, Gwynne Dyer, Published on 01/11/2018

    » 'India is shrinking the flow of water into Pakistan," said Pakistan's Chief Justice Saqib Nisar on Saturday, renewing a ban on showing Indian TV shows and Bollywood films on Pakistani television. "They are trying to [obstruct the construction] of our dam and we cannot even close their [television] channels?"

  • OPINION

    Future Forward Party -- whose future?

    News, Published on 01/11/2018

    » Branding itself as a choice for first-time voters, both the "red" and "yellow" middle-class Thais who are tired of the military regime and colour-coded conflicts, the newly formed Future Forward Party is by far one of the most prominent parties in Thai politics.

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