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PM urged to axe 'corrupting' school quotas
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:19:00 +0700

Anti-corruption advocates have petitioned Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha to scrap special quotas which allow schools to earmark discretionary places for certain students, to ward off possible graft.

Prasarn joins chorus urging bubble caution
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 07:09:00 +0700

Former Bank of Thailand governor Prasarn Trairatvorakul has flashed a warning that cooperatives and an unbalanced property sector will be the sources that trigger a new financial crisis if regulators fail to tighten rules and regulations in a pre-emptive move to keep problems from spiralling out of control.

Fixed-line numbers to have 10 digits
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:28:00 +0700

All fixed-line telephone numbers will be 10 digits nationwide by 2021.

Regulator keeps close tabs on Line Mobile
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 06:02:00 +0700

Line Mobile, a business under the operations of DTAC TriNet, is under close scrutiny by the national telecom regulator.

Household debt third in Asia-Pacific
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 05:50:00 +0700

Thailand's household debt was the third highest in Asia-Pacific in the third quarter of 2016, driven by the heavy load of first-jobbers' personal loans, say researchers at the central bank's think tank.

Legacy of regime not looking good
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:30:00 +0700

A lack of respectability and legitimacy in leadership will be tough challenges for any future conservative or liberal government to overcome as and when they come into power.

Colouring politics with musical tradition
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:25:00 +0700

In the world of Thai traditional music, there is a highly esteemed competition, known as prachan, in which groups of musicians battle each other to produce the best pieces. The practice resembles a political fight in many ways.

Off-putting celebration
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:20:00 +0700

The ruling National Council for Peace and Order (NCPO) has done itself no favours in the last few days. Its treatment of the June 24 anniversary of the 1932 revolution was a self-inflicted shot to the foot. The arrest of a pro-democracy activist was self-defeating. The appalling decision to block a YouTube video clip of Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator has once again put Thailand on the...

Channel 3 switching to on-demand streaming to attract young viewers
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:12:00 +0700

BEC World Plc, the operator of Channel 3, is switching from traditional broadcasting to on-demand services as the company strives to compete in the over-the-top (OTT) market and attract younger audiences.

Meechai expresses doubts over primaries
Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

At least two issues stemming from the controversial primary vote system in the organic bill on political parties risk contravening the charter, says Constitution Drafting Committee chairman (CDC) Meechai Ruchupan.

Travel News

Great Barrier Reef valued at $42.5 billion
Mon, 26 Jun 2017 20:19:00 +0700

SYDNEY - Australia's Great Barrier Reef, devastated by two consecutive years of coral bleaching, is valued at over A$56 billion (US$42.5 billion), making it "too big to fail," according to a report released on Monday.

Outside-the-box accommodation
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

If you're the type of person who stays regularly at hotel chains, you'll know the overall designs can be pretty predictable. While there's nothing wrong with staying in a deluxe, premier, suite or a villa, do you ever wonder what it's like to stay in alternative types of accommodation?

Boeing thrashes Airbus in Paris Airshow orders
Fri, 23 Jun 2017 01:46:35 +0700

PARIS - Boeing won a race for new business at the Paris Airshow, rolling out a new model of its best-selling 737 airliner that helped it claim back the order crown from rival Airbus

Journey into antiquity
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

Not many people know that Phaya Mangrai, a great warrior king, had founded a few other cities before establishing Nopburi Sri Nakhon Ping (the present-day Chiang Mai) as the centre of the Lanna Empire. Evidence is clear in the cases of the Chiang Saen and Wiang Kum Kam ancient cities in Chiang Rai and Chiang Mai respectively. Traces of another ancient city, Fang, have been found in the forms of...

Cultural fest in Nan
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

On July 1, the International Folk Culture Festival will take place at Wat Phumin in Nan province, chosen because it is culturally rich in Lanna heritage and home to numerous tribes.

Market city
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

It is a cloudy day. Winter in Taipei has long gone, leaving behind a cool breeze wafting through the entire city.

Ride the waterway
Thu, 22 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0700

I have written about Hua Hin in this column quite a few times before. This week, instead of exploring one of the many mountain-bike trails on the hills of Hin Lek Fai, let's do something different. Our route today starts from a mangrove, Hua Hin's only urban mangrove.

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